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NRI entrepreneur gets UK award

Karan Bilimoria has been honoured with the 'Man of the Year' title at the UK Drinks Business Awards.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 17:09 IST

NRI entrepreneur Karan Bilimoria, founder and CEO of Cobra Beer, has been honoured with the 'Man of the Year' award at the 2006 UK Drinks Business Awards.

Bilimoria's Cobra Beer also won the highly coveted Business Excellence Award for the second year running, an official release said on Wednesday.

The judges commended the company for its "continuing high level of innovation and creativity" in recent product launches of Cobra including Cobra Lower Cal and King Cobra.

"We are absolutely delighted to receive these two awards from The Drinks Business," the Hyderabad-born Bilimoria, who has so far won several awards including Outstanding Achievement Award for 2005, said.

"It is particularly satisfying for us to have retained the Business Excellence Award we won last year as I feel this is a true measure of the company overall. The fact that we have won this award two years in a row is fantastic," he said.

Cobra Beer also finished runner-up in the 'Best Consumer Campaign' category for CobraVision and the 'Best Design and Packaging' category for King Cobra.

The Drinks Business Awards, hosted by leading premium drinks trade magazine 'The Drinks Business', rewards high- performing companies and individuals within the UK drinks industry.

Amongst other high profile winners at the awards were the Thresher Group, Diageo, Majestic Wines and Woman of the Year, Cecile Bonnefond, president and CEO of Veuve Clicquot.