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'HONORED AND AMAZED' VIRUN CEO SCOOPS 42% OF INDUSTRY VOTE Personality of the Year 2013! Philip Bromley, VIRUN

By Ben Bouckley+

Last updated on 27-Jan-2014 at 16:59 GMT2014-01-27T16:59:36Z

Picture: Dave Clements/Flickr
Picture: Dave Clements/Flickr

The hustings are over, the votes have been counted and we have a runaway winner – Philip Bromley from VIRUN is the first ever Personality of the Year!

Interest in the event was immense, with the story generating almost 5,000 unique page views as readers learnt about each of the 10 candidates before casting their votes between 12/20/13 and 01/17/14.

VIRUN CEO Bromley won by a country mile, taking 41.96% of the popular vote. Congratulations Philip! We’ll be in touch to get your take on this triumph.

40-year-old Bromley is an expert on non-polar agents in foods, beverages and drugs for improved delivery in application and in vitro, and is named as an inventor on at least 34 world and US patents.

But he also has a genuine passion for the beverage industry, and in 2007 made a crucial decision to focus on the food and beverage market, using compounds such as Omega-3, CoQ10, resveratrol in hard to formulate applications.

"I am honored and amazed to receive this award on behalf of be recognized by my industry peers is the best recognition a scientist and CEO could ask for. I sincerely appreciate everyone's vote and hope that my contribution may help further grow our industry and proliferate innovation."

Creditable mentions must also go to 2nd placed David Peters, CEO of Oatworks (18.75%, see left) and Ben Weiss from Dr Pepper distributed BAI Brands (right) who came in 3rd with 9.82%.

SAB Miller’s sadly deceased Graham Mackay also received strong support (6.25%), as did Jim Phillips, CEO of Change Cola (6.25%).

As you can see in our graphic below, the other candidates were Jim Phillips, CEO of Change Cola, Adomas Pravanecius, My Drink Beverages, real ale lover Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden, Ron Lewis, Diageo’s erstwhile Paul Walsh and Marcos de Quinto from Coca-Cola Spain.

We ran this online event to celebrate and encourage innovation and excellence throughout the beverage industry, within companies both large and small.

You can read about all 10 candidates by clicking on the link below.

Dynamism in Drinks: Personality of the Year 2013

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