The Kerry Group has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Asia Matters Business Awards.
Chief Executive Edmond Scanlon was present at The Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin to accept the trophy for their achievements in becoming the leading taste, nutrition and consumer food group with annual sales of over €6.4 billion.
Its success in Asia, where it has seen growth in double figures thanks to its focus on authentic taste, food safety and value for money, was recognised by the award which was presented by Asia Matters Chairman, Alan Dukes, and Executive Director Martin Murray. Kerry Group continues to invest in its strategic growth priorities in the region, involving investments in ongoing expansion in Indonesia, China and Malaysia.
Cork City Council Deputy CEO, Pat Ledwidge, was also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in building links between the Cork region and China, specifically Shanghai a city of 24 million people that is also one of the world’s major financial services centres and home to the world’s busiest container port.
Other award winners were:
- Most successful market entry, Magnet Networks
- Expansion in Asia markets, Combilift
- Technology exporter of the year, Cubic Telecom
- Financial services/Fintech exporter of the year, Fenergo
- Higher Education Institute Partnership of the year, Beijing Dublin International College (UCD)
- Food and beverage exporter of the year, AgraKepak
- Regional Asia business initiative, Powerscourt Estate
- New Asian Investor, Toyota Financial Services
- Established Asian Investor, Huawei Technologies.
Asia Matters Chairman Alan Dukes said: “The judging panel had a very difficult task in choosing from a field of entries which reflected the strength of Irish business and companies who are displaying vision and innovation in competing in the world’s leading markets in Asia. The awards reflect the Irish success story in Asia. Congratulations to all involved.”