LONDON — Buhler Sortex’s performance in competitive international markets was recognized recently when it was awarded a “Queen’s Award for Enterprise” for the sixth time. The award, in the International Trade category, follows those gained in 1968, 1972, 1987 and 2005. In 2001, Buhler Sortex, which is a unit of Uzwil, Switzerland-based Buhler AG, won the award for innovation.

Established by Royal Warrant in 1965, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is a program for businesses that deliver outstanding performance in international trade, innovation or sustainable development. The awards are made on the advice of the Prime Minister, and they are guided by an expert committee of leading government and business figures.

“Everyone at Buhler Sortex is proud that, for the sixth time, we have met the extremely demanding standards that have led to this moment,” said Hamid Kefayati, managing director for Buhler Sortex. “These require a substantial and sustained increase in export earnings over three consecutive 12-month periods to a level that is exceptional for the products and services involved.

“We have achieved these objectives thanks to the commitment of a dedicated team who have given us a commanding presence in the 140 overseas markets in which we operate. Our aim, aided by a massive R.&D. investment, is to enable food producers in every field of activity to apply the most advanced optical sorting technologies to deliver the safest, cleanest food to every global market. This latest Queen’s Award makes it evident that we are succeeding.”