Food and beverage brands recognised at NSW Telstra Business Awards

Chai latte pre-mix manufacturer, Bondi Chai, and brewing company Stone & Wood, have been recognised in this year’s Telstra NSW Business Awards.

Bondi Chai, which manufacturers a premium chai latte pre-mix and distributes it to supermarkets and cafes in Australia, claimed the Micro Business Award with judges saying the business, based in Port Stephens, “has excellent numbers, an impressive global strategy and an amazing distribution model.”

The Regional Award went to Stone & Wood Brewing Company, which was launched in Byron Bay in 2008. Every year since then, they’ve nearly doubled turnover and in 2014 they added a second, larger brewery in Murwillumbah.

Telstra judges praised the strong management, sound financials, excellent long term planning and sustainability of Stone & Wood, saying it combined the best from the corporate and small and medium enterprise worlds, adding that the founders had a very strong commitment to the local community. 

Winners of the Telstra New South Wales Business Awards progress to the Telstra Australian Business Awards, which will be announced in Melbourne on 7 August.

The Telstra Business Awards celebrate Australia’s entrepreneurs and innovators, offering a chance for small to medium businesses to be recognised for their hard work, commitment and success.

Elevate Education, which develops and facilitates study skills workshops, was named the 2014 Telstra New South Wales Business of the Year, while the Start-Up Award went to Pet Circle (formerly Paws for Life), based in Alexandria.