New packaging qualification for food and drinks company managers

n Kaloyan Panchev, receiving his Packaging Award Certificate from CAFRE Packaging Technologist Tony Duffy.

CAFRE (the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise) has launched a new qualification – an Award in Packaging Materials. This qualification has been developed to meet the core packaging competencies of managers working in the food and drinks supply chain.

The Packaging Award is validated by the Packaging Industry Awarding Body Company and is delivered in a range of food and packaging companies throughout Northern Ireland.

On completion of the Packaging Award managers can progress to the Packaging Diploma which is also delivered by CAFRE at its Loughry Campus in Cookstown.

Two of the first managers to complete the qualification are Kaloyan Panchev from Whites Oats and Declan Birtles from Coca Cola Hellenic Northern Ireland.

Kaloyan commented: “I will definitely be recommending this qualification to my colleagues. It has given me a better understanding of the properties and applications of packaging materials in a fast paced commercial environment.”

Applications are now open for the Award in Packaging Materials and further information on packaging programmes can be found online at:


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