The FOOD Challenge Awards recognise and reward brand owners that have demonstrated a high level of innovation during the processing and manufacturing of new products.
There are ten categories, one for each of the major food and beverage production sectors.
A Best in Show award is also up for grabs, and is the entry judged to be the most outstanding of all those in the finals.
Enter now: 2008
Have you manufactured a particularly innovative product in the past year? If so, enter the 2008 FOOD Challenge Awards by filling in the nomination form.
2007 Best in Show
In 2007, Cocoa Farm wine chocolates won the Best in Show award, as well coming out on top in the Confectionery category.
This entry not only showed outstanding innovation in the creation and manufacture of the wine chocolates, the first non-liqueur wine chocolates to have been produced, but also clearly explained in detail the theory behind the innovation.
The gala presentation was punctuated by three guest speakers: Dick Wells of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, Peter Baron, chief innovation officer at Unistraw and inventor of the Sipahh straw, and Marcus Lui, creative director of The One Centre.
The finalist companies ranged from giants such as Simplot, HJ Heinz and Nestlé to small-to-medium enterprises like Pudding Lane, Byron Bay Cookies, Babicka Vodka and Highlands Cereal Foods.
Winners included JMB Beverages, Creative Food Solutions, HJ Heinz and A2 Australia.
The sponsors of the 2007 FOOD Challenge Awards were so impressed that most of them will be involved again in 2008.
Heat and Control, Earlee Products, Flavour Makers, Tronics, Kerry Ingredients, Insignia, Imaje and Amcor are all onboard again, while Matthews Australasia, Siemens and Columbit are new supporters of the awards.