The Tony Lewis Award

Following 2014’s successful Peter Worthington-Smith Award won by Ivan Sutic of Chilleweni Cold Storage, it has been decided to honour another “Great” in the local refrigeration industry for 2015 -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 and completed various research projects.

During his years at Irvin & Johnson Ltd and after his retirement in 1985, Tony served on many influential committees due to his knowledge and experience in the fishing, food and refrigeration industries.

These included:

  • Member of Board of Control of FIRI (Fishing Industry Research Institute)
  • For many years he was the SA Fishing Industry’s Technical Adviser to the SA Bureau of Standard’s delegation at Codex Alimentarius Committee on Fish and Fishery Products.
  • Member of IIR (International Institute of Refrigeration) working party which revised the IIR “Red Book” – (Recommendations for the Processing and Handling of Frozen Foods.)
  • Member of Food Technology Commission at the IIR.
  • Advisory board member at the International Journal of Refrigeration.
  • Member of RSA Liaison Committee for the IIR.
  • Member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the Washington based International Frozen Food Association.
  • Member of numerous SABS Committees on Food Standards and Codes of Practice.
  • Member of Department of Health’s Food Legislation Advisory Group as from 1988.

During his time 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.

Mr Tony Lewis
Mr Tony Lewis
  1. Entrants into the Tony Lewis Award should match the following criteria: 
  2. Currently employed in  cold or freezer stores in Africa
  3. Under the age of 35 years on 1st April 2015
  4. Have worked within the Cold Storage Industry for more than 3 years
  5. Have insight of their company’s strategic plan
  6. Have a broad knowledge of the African cold storage industry
  7. Cold store where currently employed has a pallet capacity of 500 pallets or more

Entry forms available from:

John Ackermann at SARDA


Tel:  021 551 5076

Or Danielle Manuel at Barpro Storage SA


Tel: 021 5529190

Entries close on Friday 20 November. Initially entrants will be judged on the basis of written applications. Finalists will travel to Cape Town (expenses paid) in December 2015 for the final judging. The winner will attend the 2016 Global Cold Chain Alliance Convention in the USA in April 2016 (expenses paid) and will make a presentation to the 700+ delegates.