FIAL comes on board for Food & Beverage Industry Awards

Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) and Food & Beverage Industry News are excited to partner with each other for the upcoming food and beverage industry awards program, which will be held in September 2020.

Due to COVID-19, the awards will be a digital enterprise, but nonetheless will be a key event in the food and beverage calendar.

FIAL facilitates various industry lead solutions via initiatives in innovation, markets and food waste to sustain, support and grow the Australian food and agribusiness sector.

FIAL is the catalyst that encourages the food sector to collaborate to grow the share of Australian food in the global marketplace. It influences the industry by sharing knowledge, building capability and creating connections.

It is a not-for-profit organisation and is responsible for the Food and Agribusiness Industry Growth Centre Initiative created via the Australian Federal Government.

The Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre policy, fosters innovation and entrepreneurship utilising an industry-led approach designed to drive innovation, productivity and competitiveness by focusing on areas of competitive strength and strategic priority. It leads Australia’s food focus sector transition into smart, high value and innovative sector, said FIAL general manager, commercial, Rod Arenas.

“We facilitate part of Australian Government’s Deregulation Agenda to reduce regulatory burden for individuals, businesses and community organisations,” said Arenas. “These Regulation Reform Agendas will contribute to a lower cost, business friendly environment, freeing resources at the firm level to focus on growth, competitiveness, productivity and investment. The initiatives enable national action on key issues such as deregulation, skills, collaboration and commercialisation.”

FIAL is a natural fit for the awards, as it is at the cutting edge of the latest innovations in the food and beverage manufacturing and processing space.

“It’s great to have FIAL on board as they bring a lot of experience to the awards, especially in terms of judging and knowledge of the industry,” said Prime Creative Media’s general manager  of events, Simon Coburn, whose company runs the awards and published Food & Beverage Industry News. “We look forward to bringing the awards to the industry, albeit under trying circumstances. It’s great to have an organisation like FIAL onboard and we look forward to working with them to make the awards the best event for the industry.”

“FIAL’s involvement in the FBIN virtual Awards is to acknowledge and celebrate success within the food and beverage manufacturing industry,” said Arenas. “It also offers a national platform for industry to showcase innovation and advancement and in turn facilitate business opportunities, for the winners of the individual awards in helping to grow individuals organisations and in showcasing capabilities both domestically and internationally.”

As well as practical advice and help, FIAL also offers opportunities for food and agribusinesses to take part in workshops, training programs, as well as creating dialogues with other businesses and help make connections with domestic and overseas buyers. The goal is to strengthen small and medium businesses global connections to enable them to find new markets for their products or alternate suppliers of key product or services.

“We’re also ensuring Australian businesses can still connect with various markets by hosting a series of virtual events,” said Arenas. “We’re connecting buyers with innovative export ready Australian food and beverage suppliers. We have stepped up to address this urgent need for market connectivity – launching the Australian Food Catalogue (AFC) platform with numerous new advancements and on-line events. This upgraded, free digital platform empowers collective sourcing via connecting qualified international buyers with Australian export-ready food and beverage suppliers. The AFC is endorsed via the industry growth centres initiative, Austrade and supported by the Australian Government.

“Increased digital connectivity has allowed more of us to work from home. The sector wants online solutions that deliver tangible outcomes in accelerating commercially driven collaboration. FIAL continues to deliver opportunities to transform current models, in order to achieve strategic industry growth,” said Arenas.

Export-ready Australian food and beverage suppliers are encouraged to sign up to the Australian Food Catalogue today by visitinghttps://www.australianfoodcatalogue.com.au/onboarding. For upcoming virtual events hosted by FIAL, visit https://fial.com.au/eventscalendar.