John Forteith, Head of Business Development at Bidvest Foodservice Scotland, won the coveted ‘Employee of the Year Award’ at the CIS Excellence Awards last night (27 May 2016).
The CIS Excellence Awards combine Scotland’s catering, hospitality and tourism industries and are seen as the ultimate accolade for hotels, restaurants, gastro pubs and individuals working in the sector in Scotland.
The Employee of the Year Award identifies the individual who most deserves recognition for their efforts and contribution to both their role and employer through qualities such as dedication, loyalty and unique innovation, to name a few.
With a career in foodservice spanning more than 30 years and roles ranging from caterer to manufacture to business owner, John has a wealth of knowledge of the Scottish food industry which was reflected in his well-deserved award win.
John joined Bidvest Foodservice Scotland in 2012, when Forteith Foodservice became part of the company’s portfolio. In his current role, John has made headway with the way Bidvest Foodservice Scotland collaborates with local Scottish suppliers, customers and influential stakeholders across the industry, hosting events with local Ministers and going above and beyond to raise the profile of the Scottish larder.
Jon Mack, General Manager for Bidvest Foodservice Scotland said: “John has embraced the Bidvest Foodservice decentralised structure, creating a brand identity for Bidvest Foodservice Scotland and introducing their own logo.
“It is important that we work in partnership with customers to make it easier for them to stock the products they are looking for, including local products. This also helps us support small, local suppliers – helping them to grow – which is important to putting Scottish food on the map. John has been really key to driving these local supplier and customer relationships and working with Food and Drink Scotland and local dignitaries to drive the food industry forward throughout Scotland.”