Tammy is shortlisted for Young Shining Star Award

Tammy Rendall, a 19-year-old technical manager at Associated Seafoods Ltd in Buckie, has been selected as a finalist in the ‘Young Shining Star Award’ category in the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards 2014.

The Award recognises a young person’s outstanding contribution and achievement in the Highlands & Islands food and drink sector. Tammy, who joined Associated Seafoods (ASL) in July 2013, is the technical manager in the crab processing department and impressed the judges by the way she undertakes a wide range of responsibilities, including putting the procedures in place to ensure the new crab facility became successfully operational.

Manideep Sandupatla, Technical Director at ASL said: ‘‘I consider Tammy as a jewel in the crown within my team as she is the youngest, very talented person with a great ‘can do’ attitude. Tammy is a highly confident strong individual when it comes to dealing with high profile major retailers. I am glad to see Tammy is shortlisted for the award as it is very well deserved.’’

John Etherington, a Technical Consultant to ASL said: “Tammy joined ASL at an exciting time when we were building a new ready-to-eat crab facility. Tammy was given the role as Technical Manager from where she set up from scratch all the procedures and records required to demonstrate compliance to major retailer requirements. There can be few individuals out there of her age who have made such a significant contribution to a business.”

Tammy said: “I am delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. I am passionate about my role and I would encourage other young people to join the food and drink sector because it is extremely interesting and diverse.”

The Awards ceremony will be held on 24 October 2014 at the Kingsmill Hotel in Inverness.