Congratulations to David Norris for receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) Awards for his outstanding contribution to the Food Processing Industry over the past 45 years.

David’s unique passion for the food industry and for quality manufacturing has taken his company from humble beginnings to the global enterprise it is today. He is continually striving to take the company to new levels and has an incredible gift for design and engineering. Because of this drive the company has achieved many accolades and won numerous large contracts with leading food producers all around the world.

DCN North America was developed as part of the continued expansion in 2015, adding to DCN’s global presence. 2017 saw the launch of the first overseas Product Development Kitchen in South Africa, with many more planned for the near future, as well as the acquisition of historic manufacturing company BCH Ltd.

Since the acquisition, BCH has flourished again, and this gives food manufacturers more choice of equipment and access to different technologies and knowledge. With this move, David has also secured the jobs of many people who were looking at unemployment.

Always looking for opportunities to give back to the industry, David has provided training for food technology students at CPUT University in Cape Town on his cutting-edge Jet Cook Steam Infusion Technology and its unique effects on hydrocolloids, fats and salts.

He has also been working with the Nagrecha Charitable Trust which funds development, social and medical projects in India, Uganda, Kenya and other African countries. He has donated cooking equipment and utensils to help improve the cooking capabilities in these third world countries.