MBE honour for Willowbrook Foods chief at Buckingham Palace
Willowbrook Foods founder John McCann has been honoured with an MBE for services to the food industry in Northern Ireland.
Mr McCann was presented with the honour by the Prince of Wales at a Buckingham Palace ceremony this month. He founded Willowbrook Foods, which specialises in packed salads, in Co Down 50 years ago. It employs around 250 people in Newtownards and Killinchy and has annual sales of £28m.
Mr McCann (72), who was named in the New Year honours list, said: "Our business' success is down to the entire Willowbrook Foods team.
"Their dedication to producing and supplying fresh, convenient, quality and innovative products really is at the heart of our success.
"I am delighted and humbled to receive this MBE, particularly as I have been recognised for doing something that I love. The ceremony was extra special for me because I was able to share it with my wife Janine, and children Steven and Julie. It's a day we will never forget."
More Northern Ireland businesspeople were honoured in the birthday honours list, which was announced last week.