Golder wins top gongs at the Client Choice Awards 2021

Leading global engineering and consulting firm Golder was named Best Built & Natural Environment Consulting Firm (>$200m revenue) and joint winner of the Best Professional Services Firm Overall (>$200m revenue) and Best Provider to Construction & Infrastructure awards at the prestigious Client Choice Awards 2021.

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Winners of Women in Wine Awards announced

The winners of the 2020 Australian Women in Wine Awards have been announced via a live, celebration filled broadcast, which brought much-needed laughs this year too – thanks to the involvement of one Australia’s favourite comedians.

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Winners of SA Food and Beverage Industry Awards announced

Businesses producing premium food and beverages that have become synonymous with South Australia’s international reputation were among the winners announced at the 2020 South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards Gala Dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre tonight.

Winners included quiet achievers such as Dinko Tuna Farmers and Lifestyle Bakery, and consumer favourites Alexandrina Cheese Company and Robern Menz.

The 2020 inductee into the Awards Hall of Fame is Mitolo Family Farms, who specialise in combining traditional farming techniques with the very latest technology, and have been supplying quality produce to Australian families for almost half a century.

This year’s Leader Award was presented to Michael Horrocks of Lifestyle Bakery in recognition of his innovative leadership in developing the gluten free bakery sector, while the Next Generation Award, created to recognise an up and coming industry professional, was awarded to Kieran Donoghue of Safcol Australia.

The Emerging Business Award went to Never Never Distilling Co, makers of Australia’s very first Grenache gin, while Golden North’s Simply Indulge range of ice cream and Goolwa PipiCo’s Whole Clam Chowder won New Product Awards this year.

“When we launched the 2020 South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards, we already knew this year’s theme of Sharing our Stories was very appropriate,” says Food South Australia CEO Catherine Sayer.

“As everyone has been saying all year, none of us expected what 2020 has served to us, so it has been especially inspiring to learn the stories behind the winning businesses in this year’s awards,” Ms Sayer said.

“The challenges of 2020 aren’t the first obstacles many of our winners have overcome, but in this new COVID-normal world, the grit and resilience of an industry that is so important to South Australia’s economic wellbeing is being celebrated tonight.”

Interest in the awards program and in South Australian products has continued to grow this year, with a 15% increase in entries and over 11,000 consumers voting for their favourite business for the Consumer Award.

“The South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards program has showcased innovation and excellence in our industry for more than 20 years. These are the businesses that have helped drive growth for the sector, created brands known across Australia and internationally, and helped build our state’s reputation for premium products across the globe,” said Ms Sayer.

“One of the key benefits of this awards program is that winners and finalists can use this recognition as evidence of excellence for new customers and in new markets,” she said.

The Premier of South Australia, the Hon Steven Marshall MP said he is proud to present the winners of the South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards.  

“Congratulations to the food and beverage industry whose hard work and innovation is recognised through these awards,” the Premier said.

“The sector has grown in 2020, even through the difficult year that we have endured. The sector is characterised by excellence in food and beverage production, manufacturing and marketing to ensure that South Australian products are rewarded by more than their fair share of the retail and food service market,” he said

2020 Winners

Hall of Fame, sponsored by San Remo
2020 Inductee: Mitolo Family Farms

Business Excellence Award, sponsored by Visy
Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Goolwa PipiCo
Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Sundrop Farms

Emerging Business Award, sponsored by Department for Trade and Investment
Winner – Never Never Distilling Co

Export Award, sponsored by Department for Trade and Investment
Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Dinko Tuna Farmers
Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Yumbah Aquaculture

Innovation in Business Award, sponsored by Department for Trade and Investment
Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Dinko Tuna Farmers
Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Team Unico

Innovation in Food or Beverage Award, sponsored by Food Processing Equipment
Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: All The Things
Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Lifestyle Bakery

New Product Award, sponsored by Foodland Supermarkets
Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Goolwa PipiCo (Whole Clam Chowder)
Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Golden North Ice Cream (Simply Indulge range)

Primary Producer Award, sponsored by Thomas Foods International
Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: feather&PECK – pastured eggs
Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Fleurieu Milk Company

Sustainability Award, sponsored by Peats Soils & Garden Supplies
Winner – Sundrop Farms

Leader Award, sponsored by Bickford’s Group
Winner -Michael Horrocks, Lifestyle Bakery

Next Generation Award, sponsored by Macro Group Australia
Winner – Kieran Donoghue, Safcol Australia

Consumer Award, sponsored by Statewide Super
Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Alexandrina Cheese Company
Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Robern Menz

Nominations close soon for Export Product of the Year

There is only a couple of days left for you to get in your nomination for Export Product of the Year award. This is an award given to a company that has produced “a food or beverage product that has recently been exported successfully at a commercial level”.

There are only a few criteria that have to be met:

  • The export of the product must have begun from 1 January 2019 (product may have been sold commercially in Australia or New Zealand before that date).
  • The exported product must fill a gap in the market for the country/s it is being exported to.
  • The nomination must demonstrate the success of the product in the export market – i.e. financial gains, customer satisfaction, increasing orders.
  • The nomination must discuss packaging and how this enhances exporting quality, shelf life of product, and marketing/promotion in export markets, as well as the packaging’s sustainability.

If you wish to nominate a person for the award, click here.


Winners of Sustainable Seafood Awards announced

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has today announced the winners of its fourth annual Sustainable Seafood Awards, which recognise pioneering organisations and individuals helping to end overfishing and ensure plentiful seafood supplies for future generations.

Ten awards and five commendations were given by the prestigious judging panel, which included leaders from the fishing and sustainability sectors, while the People’s Choice Award was decided by a national public vote.

Coles was named Best Sustainable Seafood Supermarket for the fourth consecutive year, thanks to its wide offering of MSC certified products with the blue fish tick across its fresh, chilled, frozen and tinned seafood. Additionally, the supermarket chain took home Best Sustainable Seafood Public Engagement and was Highly Commended in the Best Sustainable Seafood Product category for its MSC certified Aussie Banana Prawn Skewers – Garlic & Chilli.

“We know our customers love seafood and we are delighted to be able to offer a wide range of fresh, delicious seafood while giving them the confidence that it’s been responsibly sourced. We are proud to be recognised by the MSC for the fourth year running for our commitments and achievements to responsibly sourced seafood,” said Brad Cook, Coles General Manager Own Brand, Quality and Responsible Sourcing.

“We’re also excited to see our MSC certified garlic and chilli banana prawns receive a Highly Commended award in the product category, as this was a direct result of us listening to our customers and responding to demand over the busy summer entertaining period”, added Cook.

ALDI was also recognised for the first time in the national awards, taking home Best Sustainable Seafood Mid-Size Retailer, as well as being Highly Commended for its MSC certified Ocean Rise Smoked European Sprats in the Best Sustainable Seafood Product category.

Kate Doctor,  buying director of Seafood at ALDI Australia, commented, “We show our devotion to the ocean through sustainable sourcing and transparency, ultimately helping customers support responsible fishing and farming practices.

“We are thrilled to be the Australian retailer with the largest range of MSC certified own-label fish and seafood, and to be recognised for our shared commitment to end overfishing.”

Other big winners included Taronga Zoo and Austral Fisheries. Taronga Zoo took home Best Sustainable Seafood Venue for featuring MSC certified seafood in all its restaurants and cafés, alongside Best Sustainable Seafood Public Engagement for its Seal Show, which educates over a million visitors annually on the importance of choosing MSC-certified sustainable seafood.

Austral Fisheries was awarded Best Sustainable Seafood Product for its carbon-neutral fish, Glacier 51, which is served up at top restaurants across Australia like Nobu, Sake and Rockpool, while its CEO, David Carter, was given the Lifetime Achievement award.

New for 2020, the MSC introduced its People’s Choice Award, giving the general public the chance to vote for their favourite of seven household name brands – from seafood specialists to retailers. Woolworths was crowned winner, with 30% of the vote.

Anne Gabriel, MSC Oceania Program Director, noted, “These awards not only influence what seafood lovers see in stores and on menus, but give well-deserved credit to the people who work tirelessly to ensure seafood supplies for years to come.

“While we’ve certainly begun making waves in reversing the cycle of decline in ocean health, there is so much more that needs to be done.

“Our vision is of the world’s oceans to be teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations. With the help of organisations and individuals like our Sustainable Seafood Award winners, and through the use of the MSC blue fish tick label on all certified products, we are transforming the seafood market to a sustainable one, in turn helping to create a future full of fish for all.”

MSC Sustainable Seafood Awards 2020 Winners

  1. Best Sustainable Seafood Supermarket: Coles
  2. Best Sustainable Seafood Venue: Taronga Zoo
  3. Best Sustainable Seafood Mid-Size Retailer: ALDI Australia
  4. Best Sustainable Seafood Distributor: Bidfood
  5. Lifetime Achievement: David Carter, Austral Fisheries
  6. Best Sustainable Seafood Local Retailer: The Fish Shoppe, Melbourne
  7. Rising Star: Robert Morales, Executive Chef, CHEFIN
  8. Best Sustainable Seafood Public Engagement: The Seal Show at Taronga Zoo and Coles
  9. People’s Choice Award: Woolworths
  10. Best Sustainable Seafood Product: Glacier 51 Toothfish

Highly Commended Sustainable Seafood Products:

  • ALDI Ocean Rise Smoked European Sprats
  • Coles Aussie Banana Prawns – Garlic & Chilli
  • Skull Island Tiger Prawns
  • Paspaley Pearl Meat
  • John West Alaskan Salmon rang

Four ANZ entries tipped for Special World Star Packaging Awards

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is pleased to announce that 4x Australian and New Zealand companies have been shortlisted as finalists for 3x of the WorldStar Packaging Special Awards, which are run by the World Packaging Organisation.

What makes this recognition even more meaningful is that no ANZ packaging innovation has ever been recognised or shortlisted in the President’s Award and two of the three finalists in the Sustainability Award are also PIDA 2019 Award winners.

ANZ finalist for the President’s Award is Plantic RV Skin Packaging Materials (PlanticTechnologies, Aust)

ANZ finalists for the Sustainability Award are Woolworths Bakery Plant Fibre Tray (Woolworths, Australia) and LewisRoad 100 per cent rPET Milk Bottle (#Pact, NZ)

ANZ finalist for Packaging that Saves Food Award is Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm and Sealed Air for Cryovac Darfresh on Tray (SealedAir, Aust)

The winners of each Special Award will be announced during the 2020 WorldStar Packaging Awards at Interpack in Duesseldorf, Germany on the 8th of May.

Winners from ANZ also received the third highest amount of WorldStar Packaging Awards in total in the world behind Japan and China. This brings the ANZ total awards to 17 for the 2020 WorldStar Packaging Awards

Scientists honoured for research on gut microbiome and lactic acid bacteria

Two leading scientists in the fields of human microbiota and lactic acid bacterial metabolism and genetics have been selected for the 2019 Danisco Science Excellence Medal and Microbiome Science Award.

The Danisco Foundation has awarded the 2019 Science Excellence Medal and Microbiome Science Award. The awardees are leading scientists in their fields recognised by the Danisco Foundation for scientific excellence and a remarkable record of achievement in advancing science and technology relevant to the future of food, nutrition and health.

This year’s medalists are:

Danisco Microbiome Science Award:
Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Director of TwinsUK at King’s College, London – selected for his outstanding work over the last 30 years since founding TwinsUK, the UK twins registry, which is the richest collection of genotypic and phenotypic information on a cohort worldwide. Professor Spector’s research in recent years has focused on the microbiome and its relationship with health, leading to the world’s largest personalized nutrition study of its kind. The nomination recognizes Professor Spector as an international pioneer and leader in the microbiome field.

Danisco Science Excellence Medal:
Pascal Hols, Professor of Microbiology at the Institute of Biomolecular Science and Technology, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium – selected for his fundamental and applied research on genetics and metabolism of lactic acid bacteria. His research encompasses carbon metabolism, cell wall biosynthesis and metabolic adaptation to environmental factors, for which a multidisciplinary range of genomics/post-genomics, biochemical, and biophysical approaches have been used.

The medalists received their awards during a ceremony held yesterday at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences’ Campus in Brabrand, Denmark. During the ceremony, each recipient presented their research to scientists and leaders of DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences.

“The contributions that Professor Pascal Hols and Professor Tim Spector have made to enhance our understanding of lactic acid bacterial genetics and metabolism and the microbiome, respectively, are among the finest examples of scientific advancements in the fields of health, food and nutrition. We are honored to recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments with the Danisco Science Excellence Medal and Microbiome Science Award,” said Angela Naef, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences’ global leader for technology and innovation and Danisco Foundation board member.

The original awards were founded in 2002 by the Danisco Foundation to help improve food products, notably industrially produced foods. With time and technological advancements, the scope of the awards has expanded to food, nutrition and health. The Danisco Foundation itself was established in 1981 and provides funding and grants to support predominantly food science and research.

Aussie OCCA win again for Honest to Goodness

Honest to Goodness has for the fifth year running taken out Australia’s Favourite Organic Brand, Best Organic Online Store, Best Organic Product and Best Organic Wholesaler, in the Organic Consumer Choice Awards (OCCA’s).

Honest to Goodness also took out Organic Product of the Year 2019 with their new Organic Supreme Cocoanut Cream 400ml, which has an extra creamy consistency due to its high-fat percentage, meanwhile it is completely free from nasty additives such as thickeners, emulsifiers, gums and sweeteners.

In an increasingly competitive marketplace for socially and environmentally conscious food, Honest to Goodness co-owner, Matt Ward, is humbled by the continued recognition, though sees it as a gratifying result of continued investment in innovation.

“This has been a big year for Karen, myself and the team, having invested heavily in revitalising Honest to Goodness with a rebrand to keep ahead of the new wave of smaller and agile challenger brands,” said Ward.

“Family-owned Australian brands are still thriving in the grocery world that is dominated by the majors, Coles & Woolworths,” continued Ward. “We’ve found that consumers are increasingly seeking quality and transparency in their food as they become more health-conscious as well as more environmentally aware, favouring sustainable and ethical supply chains.

“We offer a whole pantry of organic food options, with many core and much-loved quality products, though we recognise it is still important to adapt quickly to trends.

“With the rebrand this year, which saw a refreshed brand look and a more user-friendly website design, it will give us more flexibility to bring to market complete new ranges that appeal to a broader group of consumers.

“We will also introduce packaging innovation that is more eco-friendly, which we will do as we conduct more ongoing testing with our products.

“Come the new year Australia’s conscious consumer will appreciate Honest to Goodness’ launch of a long list of new food ranges, to whet their appetite,” said Matt.

Honest to Goodness stocks over 1,000 organic and natural products including nuts, tinned goods, sauces, superfoods and natural sweeteners. Their brand maintains strong and wide distribution, with their products ranging in over 800 retailers, including independent grocers and health food stores Australia-wide.

The OCCA’s are organised annually by the Centre for Organic Research and Education as part of National Organic Week. The awarding is decided by consumers and highlights the value and importance of organic products.

Handpicked Wines picks up silverware at wine awards

Handpicked Wines’ has won three trophies at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards recognising its flagship Capella Vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula. Handpicked Wines 2017 Capella Vineyard Chardonnay won the Douglas Seabrook Trophy for Best Single Vineyard Wine, the trophy for Best Chardonnay (class 2017 and older), and the Capella Vineyard took out the Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence. 

Director of Winemaking Peter Dillon said the trophies were a vindication of major efforts to improve the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard in Bittern, near the shores of Western Port, by focussing on soil health and vitality.

“We are seeing the rewards in so many ways – the increased energy in the vineyard is palpable, our wines are better than ever and our staff enjoy a healthy work environment and stimulating and satisfying work.

“I spend at least as much time in the vineyard as in the winery and building a strong teamwork ethic between the winemaking and vineyard teams has been key to our success.”

Karl Roberts has been Vineyard Manager at Capella Vineyard since Handpicked purchased the property in 2013, prior to that he was part of the team that planned and planted the vineyard in 2009.

“We were lucky to inherit Karl’s experience and knowledge of the property,” Dillon said. Roberts still remembers the site was horse paddocks before the vineyard was planted.

“Since our first vintage in 2013 Karl has accepted and grown with every challenge, including further study, new management practices and working cooperatively with the rest of our vineyard and winemaking teams.

“It’s been a privilege to be part of this site for more than 10 years and see it progress. It’s very satisfying to see how our use of organic principles such as inter-row crops and integrated pest management has improved the soil and reduced the need for pesticides and fungicides,” Roberts said.

Research such as soil pit analysis and a heavy emphasis on organics has guided management practices including planting of new clones, making compost teas, composting and mulching, inter-row planting, mechanical weed control, soil improvements and integrated pest management techniques.

Handpicked also owns vineyards in the Yarra Valley, Barossa Valley and Tasmania. Its 2018 Collection Tasmania Pinot Noir also picked up a gold medal at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, after scooping the pool at the 2019 Royal Hobart Wine Show, where it won trophies for Best Pinot Noir, Best Tasmanian Wine and Best Red Wine.

Food waste warrior wins

Katy Barfield has been named a winner in the Business and Entrepreneur category at the  AFR 100 Women of Influence Awards for being a serial innovator and Australia’s leading food waste warrior with a proven ability to rapidly scale organisations with a social conscience. Barfield has worked relentlessly over the past 14 years to address the environmental, economic and social impacts of edible food sent to landfill.

Most recently, Barfield has developed Australia’s first commercial online marketplace for quality surplus food, Yume. It is estimated that a massive 4.1 million tonnes of food still goes to waste annually in the commercial food sector in Australia. This is waste before food reaches the home.

Yume enables food suppliers, such as manufacturers, primary producers and importers, to sell their quality surplus products at a discount online to over 2500 commercial buyers in the food service industry such as caterers, wholesalers, restaurants, hotels and event centres.

READ MORE: Challenges abound for food waste solutions

“It is a great honour to receive this recognition, a testament to the importance of the work we are doing at Yume. We thank AFR, Qantas, Sodexo, Korn Ferry and the incredible panel of Judges for increasing awareness that there is a solution for commercial food industry waste in Australia,” said Barfield, founder and CEO, Yume.

Already, Yume – which works with hundreds of leading food manufacturers, such as Kellogg’s and Mondelez and food service giants like Sodexo and Accor Hotels – has sold over 1,200,000kg of quality surplus food, returning $4.5 million to Australian farmers and manufacturers.

In doing so, the award-winning social enterprise – one of only two companies globally using technology to offer an innovative market for surplus food – has saved an estimated 84 million litres of embodied water and prevented 2,442 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released.

Barfield added, “We’re urgently calling on all food manufacturers and primary producers to join Yume, so that we can help prevent this food, which takes time, money and valuable resources to grow, pick, pack and distribute, from going to waste.”

Selected from a record number of nominations from around Australia, this year’s 100 Women of Influence have made a significant impact across 10 categories: arts, culture and sport; board and management; business and entrepreneur; diversity and inclusion; global; innovation; local and regional; public policy; social enterprise and not-for-profit; and young leader.

Michael Stutchbury, editor-in-chief of the Financial Review, says selecting the category winners and overall winner was challenging.

“The calibre of this year’s entrants in the 2019 Women of Influence awards was extremely high, and it was hard enough to choose the top 100.”

Food and Beverage Award Winners Announced

At a gala event in Doltone House in Darling Harbour, the winners of the 16th Annual Food and Beverage Awards were announced. The quality of entries was high this year, with the judging panel having their work cut out for them on deciding who would take home the gongs in their respective categories.

The organisers would like to thank Platinum Sponsors Flavour Makers, as well as Total Construction, Rockwell Automation, COG Advertising, Manufacturers’ Monthly and BULK 2020.

Congratulations to the winners.

AquaBotanical Beverages (Australia) Pty Ltd
For: AquaBotanical

Lori’s Wholesome Pantry
For: Watermelon Seed Butter

Spraying Systems Co.
For: Klarion EGS6020

PA Packaging Solutions
For: Certified home compostable paper and film barrier duplex and triplex laminated film pouch

Nutra Organics
For: Collagen Beauty Bars

INOX Australia
For: Stock Processing System

For: Mokai

NCMC Foods
For: Three River Farms Slow Cooked Veal Osso Bucco with Tomato Red Wine Sauce

Australian Organics Food Co.
For: Australian Organic Food Co 100 per cent Organic Australian Soups

INOX Australia
For: Stock Processing System


Last chance for Food and Beverage Industry Awards tickets

The 2019 Food and Beverage Industry Awards tickets are selling fast and this week is the last chance to purchase them as the event is being held next Thursday July 18th. The annual event was a sell out last year.

“Last year’s event was a huge success,” said Events Manager Lauren Winterbottom. “We have already had a huge amount of interest and a large number of nominations for the awards. If you want to attend the event I would get your tickets now.”

The Food and Beverage Industry Awards 2018 brought companies from New Zealand and Australia together to celebrate new products and the best services and technology the industry has to offer.

At last year’s awards, drinks manufacturer Utonic took out the Best of the Best award and the Beverage of the Year for its Utonic Repair drink.

There will also be awards for food safety, packaging innovation, health foods and best in design to name a few.

Sponsors at this event include Flavour Makers, Rockwell Automation and Total Construction.

For tickets, click here.

Packaging Awards of Excellence winners announced

The industry’s top achievers were announced in the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) Awards of Excellence. The recipient of the 10th APPMA Annual Scholarship was also revealed.

In front of a packed room of over 400 people, winners were announced for each of the five categories:

Best New Product Award
Foodmach for the GEA Vipoll ALL IN ONE Filler
Sponsor: All Purpose Pumps

Customer Collaboration Award
Foodmach for Dulux Merrifield – Foodmach Turnkey Filling Lines
Proseal Australia – Commonwealth Collaboration Reducing the Plastic in Packaging
Sponsor: Pecom India Limited

Design Innovation Award
HMPS for the Compact Frame
Sponsor: Ekato

Export Success Award
HMPS for the Robotic Unloading Cell
Sponsor: Advanced Label & Paper Products

Imported Equipment Award
Foodmach for the GEA Vipoll ALL IN ONE Filler
Sponsor: Anderson Wholesale Packaging

2019 APPMA Scholarship winner:
Janell Siek

Siek’s views packaging as perhaps the hardest-working component of any retail product. She believes it has a profound impact in a product’s lifecycle, and, being a very visible part of the waste problem, hopes to build her packaging foundations so she can better innovate and problem solve. Siek, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology, believes the Diploma in Packaging Technology will lead to opportunities to be part of bigger projects and advance her career towards a Senior Packaging Technologist and becoming a Certified Packaging Professional.

The Award Ceremony was held in the Sovereign Room at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The night was hosted by Peter Rowsthorn.

Food and Beverage Industry awards tickets now on sale

The Food and Beverage Industry Awards 2018 brought companies from New Zealand and Australia together to celebrate new products and the best services and technology the industry has to offer.

After a successful event in Sydney, with hundreds of attendees, it will be held in the city again in 2019.

The event will be held on Thursday July 18th at Doltone House Darling Island, Sydney.

At last year’s awards, drinks manufacturer Utonic took out the Best of the Best award and the Beverage of the Year for its Utonic Repair drink.

There will also be awards for food safety, packaging innovation, health foods and best in design.

Sponsors at this event include Flavour Makers, Rockwell Automation and Total Construction.

For tickets, click here.

Nominations open for 2019 Food and Beverage Industry Awards

Nominations for the 16th Food and Beverage Industry Awards are open for 2019. You can now submit your favourite food and beverage companies and services that bring the wow factor to the industry.

With 2018’s event showcasing some of Australia and New Zealand’s latest and greatest innovations, the number of applications in each category is expected to ramp up in 2019.
In 2018, finalists, winners and sponsors displayed their products and services on the big screen at an awards night at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, with some companies offering attendees a chance to taste their new wares on the evening. More than 200 people came together for a night of great food, celebrations and music.

The 2019 awards evening is set to be another thriving event that will bring industry professionals together. All companies working in the food and beverage sector can enter a variety of categories celebrating the equipment, technology and innovative ideas behind new products and services. From automation and data management systems that help businesses create thousands of consistently great products, to companies that are taking centre stage at an international market – the categories aim to highlight all aspects of the industry. Nominated companies should be able to show how they stand out against the rest with the best processing and manufacturing methods, food safety standards, and technology that has helped grow their products or services into a ‘must-have’ item in the food and beverage industry.

The categories
for 2019 include:
1. Beverage of the Year
2. Paddock to Plate
3. Ingredient Innovation
4. Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods
5. Health Foods
6. Packaging Innovation
7. Best in Design
8. Innovative Technology of the          Year
9. Food Safety Equipment and              Materials
Best of the Best is the top award of the night, which goes to the product that stands out in a crowd of products and services that make it as a finalist in one of the above categories
It is free to submit a nomination, and a company can be nominated in up to three separate categories. To nominate a company that you think should be recognised for their dedication to the industry, visit
Next year’s awards evening will be held in July, in Sydney.

Food and Beverage Awards Industry finalists announced

From fruity drinks to coconut yoghurt, the finalists for the Food and Beverage Industry Awards 2018 shows the broad range of companies making their mark on the food industry.

The prestigious awards program recognises successful and innovative people in the industry, including brands that have a focus on health, and companies that are committed to providing equipment and services that focus on safety-first.

All finalists are automatically entered for the ‘Best of the Best’ award, sponsored by Flavour Makers.

Beverage of the Year – Sponsored by VEGA Australia


The Good Seed Kefir – Kefir Soda, fermented beverage

Chai Addict – Chai Addict and Chai Harder

Emma and Tom’s – Colour Cleanse Purple Recovery

PepsiCo ANZ – Pepsi Max Vanilla

Ingredient Innovation

Raglan Coconut Yoghurt – Coconut yoghurt range

Fermentanicals – Organic sprouted grain line

Golden Grind – Golden Grind full range

Botanical Innovations – Apple cider vinegar

Chr. Hansen – SafePro

Morlife – Hemp falafel mix

Food Safety Equipment and Materials

Mitrefinch Australia – Time and attendance access and fatigue management

SICK – Bottle cap detection

ACO – Hygienic drainage systems

CCP Technologies – CCP Network Australia

Packaging Innovation – Sponsored by Jet Technologies

Result Group – Grape n’ Go

PakWorld – Pic’s Peanut Butter Slugs

The Low Carb Living Group – Protein Bread Co baking mixes

Chai Addict – Chai Addict and Chai Harder

Innovative Technology of the Year – Sponsored by NHP

Mitrefinch Australia – Mobile time and attendance live reporting

Aerofloat – DAF and MBBR

Automaint Solutions – HSC Lidding Attachment

HMPS – HMPS8000 Robotic Flat Bread Packer

JCurve Solutions – JCurve ERP

SICK – Bottle cap detection

Health Foods – Sponsored by JCurve Solutions

Well and Good – Hamburger buns

Nuts By Nature Mylk – Almond Mylk base

Extraordinary Foods – Pure kale chips

The Low Carb Living Group – Plant based range

COYO – COYO kids’ pouches

Mr Lee’s Pure Foods – Mr Lee’s noodles

Best in Design – Sponsored by Wiley

The Low Carb Living Group

Monash university – Incubation facility

Victorian Government and La Trobe University – AgriBio

Oji Fibre Solutions – Yatala packaging plant

Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods

Country Cooked Meats – The Standard Meat Co char siu pork

Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm – The Bare Bird

The Original Lamb Bacon Co. – Lamb bacon

Sunshine Meats – Smoked duck breast

Paddock to Plate

Prestige Foods Manufacturing – Chickpeas

Australian Primary Hemp – Hemp seeds and oil, hemp balance, hemp boost

The Original Lamb Bacon Co. – Lamb bacon

Fonterra – Anmum QR code

The Food & Beverage Industry Awards 2018 will be held at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney on Thursday the 16th of August 2018.