An independent panel of recognised and expert judges will determine the winners of the Irish Private Label & Contract Manufacturer Awards.
Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving an Irish Private Label & Contract Manufacturer Award.
The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.
We recognise and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Submissions are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless prior permission is given.
A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of the Irish Private Label & Contract Manufacturer Awards.
2021 Judging Co-ordinator
Dr. Alan Collins
Senior Lecturer & Programme Director, Dept. of Food Business and Development, Cork University Business School, UCC
Dr. Alan Collins is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Food Business and Development at Cork University Business School. He is programme director of the BSc. Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship degree.
2021 Judging Panel
Dr. John Crowe
Lecturer in Business and Supply Chain Analytics, Technological University Dublin
Dr. John Crowe is a lecturer of Supply Chain Analytics at TU Dublin. He holds a PhD in Retail Supply Chain Risk Management from Dublin Institute of Technology, and is a winner of the prestigious Irish Research Council Embark scholarship.
Senior Lecturer, School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology, Technological University Dublin
Anna Cruickshank is a Senior Lecturer in the area of Culinary Innovation and Food Product Development at Technological University Dublin, (previously Dublin Institute of Technology) Her main responsibility is the delivery of the postgraduate programmes in Culinary Innovation & Food Product Design.
Senior Lecturer in Food Manufacturing, National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln
Jill Ellis is a Senior Lecturer in Food Manufacturing, at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), which is the Food Science campus of the University of Lincoln.
Joe started work in manufacturing and moved onto various product development and technical leadership roles in a range of multinational companies. For the last 16 years he has worked as a consultant for a wide variety of clients to improve their manufacturing, service, and innovation performance.
Founder, Food First Consulting & Partner, IPLC (International Private Label Consult)
Malachy O’Connor is a business strategy consultant & commercial skills trainer working across all sectors but with special knowledge of the groceries and private label industries.