Independent pet food manufacturer, Benevo Vegan Pet Foods, has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade following growth in exports, which have risen 50% over the last year.
Company Director Darrell de Vries accepted the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire who presented the Grant of Appointment signed by both Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May along with a commemorative crystal bowl.
De Vries said: “The best thing about this award is that it’s won on performance, not opinion. It’s much more meaningful, as the performance is a reflection of the hard work put in by everyone here in our team. It is a pat on the back for our success that couldn’t have come from a higher authority.”
The ceremony held at Benevo’s headquarters followed on from a reception at Buckingham Palace earlier this month where de Vries along with Benevo’s manager of exports Dominic Eadie met Prince Charles and the Duke of Kent.
The company has been producing pet food free of animal product since 2005 and is sold in 30 countries worldwide.