SA Food Industry Awards announce new category for 2013

The South Australian Food Industry Awards have introduced a Primary Producers category as well as additional initiatives aimed at encouraging smaller businesses to enter the awards.

Hosted by the state’s peak food body, Food South Australia, the awards recognise outstanding achievements within the SA food industry with this year marking a few changes to encourage a more even playing field.

The new Primary Produces category aims to recognise excellence within the sustainable production of safe, high quality food, as well as the demonstration of best practice and a positive profile within the Argibusiness sector.

Along with the Primary Producers category, 2013 will also see a number of changes including the creation of two levels for each business category award: one for businesses employing over 15 full time staff (or equivalent), and one for businesses with under 15 full time staff (or equivalent).

The creation of the two tiered system is designed to encourage smaller firms to apply with the knowledge that they will be competing with comparable sized businesses.

To encourage entry, applicants now will have access to valuable resources including two hours of free mentoring and coaching from an experienced service provider. The professional service providers span across a host of areas including law, finance, media, product development, nutrition amongst others.

The awards aim to serve as an opportunity for businesses to self-evaluate their operations, increase media and brand awareness and showcase their achievements to both the public and industry.

Entries to the awards open 15 July, with the winner announced at a gala dinner on Friday 29 November.


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