Paul Sweeting, the owner of Ravens Brewing Co., helped lead his company to success during the pandemic. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Paul Sweeting, the owner of Ravens Brewing Co., helped lead his company to success during the pandemic. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s Ravens Brewing Co. wins Innovation Excellence Award

Local business pivoted in an innovative way to meet the unique demands of the COVID-19 pandemic

Abbotsford’s Ravens Brewing Co. has won the Innovation Excellence Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards presented by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and the Abbotsford News.

The Innovation Excellence Award, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank, is given to a business or entrepreneur that has pivoted their production or developed new business, products or services in an innovative way to meet unique demands during the COVID-19 crisis.

The award recognizes businesses that are using effective strategies to improve competitiveness and profitability. The recipient’s productivity and quality control throughout the entire operation demonstrates a leadership position within their industry sector. Continuous performance improvement, including a safe and responsible environment, is integral to the recipient’s operation.

The recipient is on the leading edge of best practices and constantly updates processes to remain competitive and profitable. The recipient has conquered the world of pivoting with innovation and competitiveness in the “new normal”.

“Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce and the Abbotsford News for this award,” stated Paul Sweeting of Ravens Brewing Co. “In March, I don’t think anyone knew what the coming months would look like, but it was our goal to do what we had to do to survive and serve the community the best way we could. It turns out that involves hand sanitizer and coffee delivered to your car. We have a great team, and I want to thank all of them for coming together and persevering through this time. Thank you.”

RELATED: Abbotsford’s Ravens Brewing Company now producing hand sanitizer

From the judges:

Ravens Brewing had the “recipe” for emerging as innovative leaders by quickly addressing new opportunity areas being created by the changing landscape. They not only expanded their current portfolio of offerings, but they also used their distillery to manufacture medical grade hand sanitizer that met all government standards. They made sure this was available to all frontline workers.

There’s a great quote that says, “it’s not about being the best ON the team, but FOR the team”. Ravens Brewing Company put action behind those words and collaboratively worked together as a team by taking on new roles and responsibilities as needed, whatever it took to succeed, they did.

Ravens Brewing Company is committed to making our community a better place, they boost others’ success by seeing the big picture yet servicing the hidden needs of the person.

RELATED: VIDEO: 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards

Other nominees for the award included:

Abbotsford Agrifair

Chef Boss Culinary

Klassic Catering

Parallel Yoga

RELATED: To read a full list of the winners click anywhere in this sentence.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Abbotsford football star Chase Claypool has signed an endorsement deal with Nike’s Jordan brand. (Air Jordan website)
Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool signs with Nike’s Jordan brand

Abbotsford Senior Secondary School grad joins exclusive group of top athletes wearing Jumpman

Two people were in a vehicle that rolled over on Highway No. 1 near Lickman Road. They are now out of the vehicle. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Vehicle rolls over on Highway 1 near Lickman Road in Chilliwack

Two people in SUV at time of collision in westbound lanes

The Oxford Senior Care private care home in Abbotsford is part of a COVID-19 contact-tracing pilot project through the company Vantage. (Facebook photo)
Abbotsford care home participates in COVID-19 contact-tracing pilot project

The Oxford Senior Care uses ‘wearables’ to track movements of staff and residents

The Abbotsford board of education said on Tuesday they are satisfied with how students and staff dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic from September to December.
Abbotsford board of education pleased with return to class during COVID-19

District officials thank staff and students for low number of infections and issues during pandemic

The Abbotsford News is looking forward to hearing the stories of some of Abbotsford’s unsung education heroes. (Getty Image)
Who are your Abbotsford education heroes?

We’re looking for stories of people who have gone above and beyond for students

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the press theatre at the B.C. legislature for an update on COVID-19, Jan. 7, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 spread steady with 509 new cases Friday

Hospitalized and critical care cases decline, nine deaths

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon shared a handwritten note his son received on Jan. 13, 2021. (Ravi Kahlon/Twitter)
Proud dad moment: B.C. minister’s son, 10, receives handwritten note for act of kindness

North Delta MLA took to Twitter to share a letter his son received from a new kid at school

Lilly and Poppy, two cats owned by Kalmar Cat Hotel ownder Donna Goodenough, both have cerebellAr hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that affects their ability to control their muscles and bones. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
VIDEO: Wobbly Cats a riot of flailing legs and paws but bundles of love and joy to their owner

Woman urges others to not fear adopting cats with disabilities

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan says he is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel

The Delta Hospice Society operates the Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care (pictured) and the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner. (The Canadian Press photo)
Fraser Health to evict Delta Hospice Society, open new hospice beds next door

Health authority will serve DHS 30 days’ notice when service agreement expires Feb. 25

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd during the march on Washington, D.C., in August of 1963. Courtesy photo
Government reinforces importance of anti-racism act on Black Shirt Day

B.C. Ministers say education “a powerful tool” in the fight for equity and equality

Most Read