CO YO has taken out the Richard Joel Award for Emerging Exporter of the Year at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards.
The Sunshine Coast-based company was also named a Finalist in the Small Business category.
Frosty Boy Australia was a finalist for the Manufacturing Award and a finalist for Regional Exporter Award.
Cardinal Seafoods was named a finalist for the Online Sales Award and Capilano Honey Limited a finalist for the Agribusiness Award.
Launched in 2010, CO YO’s domestic success has attracted international investors and it is now produced and distributed under license in the United Kingdom and United States, and is exported to New Zealand.
CO YO founders and directors Henry and Sandra Gosling said the rapid global expansion of their brand had taken them somewhat by surprise.
“To see the business we started in our kitchen grow to be recognised as one of the State’s leading exporters is quite overwhelming, but extremely satisfying” Sandra Gosling said.
“We knew there was a market for delicious and healthy non-dairy alternatives to yoghurt and ice-cream, but the demand is even greater than we expected.
“We now have passionate CO YO consumers all around the world who are very vocal in their support of our products, particularly on social media, and that has really seen the international market come to us.”
Judging panel chairwoman Wendy McMillan said CO YO was a worthy winner.
“Their product is niche and reflects features that are valued in a range of applications and global markets,” she said.
“Their marketing strategy is comprehensive and well integrated, with flexible in-market strategies for distribution and or manufacturing.”
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson congratulated Henry and Sandra Gosling on their hard work and innovative ideas.
"CO YO is the epitome of bold thinking and real action, the foundations of success in any business," Mayor Jamieson said.
"These awards recognise the best of the best in the export industry and CO YO has shown it is up there with them and helping put Sunshine Coast on the world map,” he said.
CO YO's latest win comes on the back of the company taking out the Ingredient Innovation category at the Food Magazine Awards for the third year running in August.