Accepting applications for the SARDA Tony Lewis Cold Store Award

SARDA Tony Lewis Cold Store Operator Award

Winner has all expenses paid trip to USA


The SARDA 2016 Cold Store Operators award will honour, Tony Lewis, a past icon in the refrigeration industry of South Africa. The winner of the SARDA Tony Lewis Cold Store Award will travel to the IARW Conference in the USA in April 2017 and have all expenses paid for.


The competition is open to operators of ALL cold stores with a storage capacity exceeding 500 pallets in Southern African. The store could be an in house cold store or a public store, chill store, fruit store, or third party distribution centre.

Entrants need to be the age of 35 years or younger (born before 1981)

The competition is to select the region’s best young individual to compete in the USA against the best in Australia and the USA.


The 2016 award is to honour Tony Lewis.

Tony began working at Irvin & Johnson Ltd as the local production manager in 1957 after spending 7 years at the Fishing Industry Research Institute where he worked under the direction of Dr Dreosti (founding president of SAIRAC) and completed various research projects.


As Irvin & Johnson Ltd’s Group Transport Manager, Tony was part of the team which introduced refrigerated GRP bodies leading to I & J becoming a large operator of refrigerated vehicles.


Entrants for the 2016 SARDA Tony Lewis Cold Store Award should match the following criteria: 

  1. Currently employed in a cold or freezer store in Africa
  2. Born in 1981 or before (age of 35 years or younger)
  3. Have worked as an operator of a cold store for more than 3 years
  4. Have a broad knowledge of the African cold storage industry
  5. Cold store where currently employed has a pallet storage capacity of 500 pallets or more
  6. Have a good understanding of the environmental impact (carbon footprint) of the cold store where presently employed.


Initially each entrant will be judged on the basis of a written application. Finalists will travel to Cape Town (all expenses paid) for the final judging. The winner will attend the 2017 Global Cold Chain Alliance convention in Los Angeles in April 2017 (all expenses paid) and will make a presentation to the 700+ delegates


Entries Close 31th October 2016


All entries are to be submitted on the official application forms available from:



John Ackermann at SARDA


Tel:  021 551 5076


Or Danielle Manuel at Barpro Storage SA


Tel: 021 5529190