Finalists announced for 2018 PIDA Awards

Finalists have been announced for the 2018 Packaging & Processing Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA).

The PIDA Awards, which recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field across Australia and New Zealand, are the exclusive feeder program for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards.

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Beverage Category

The Design Innovation of the Year Award – Beverage Category will recognise organisations have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, packaging and machinery/equipment within packaging and processing for liquid or dry tea, coffee, water and soft drinks including wine, beer and spirits.

Materials/Packaging Finalists are: 8Kangaroos by ILNAM Estate, Polatote by Lactote, Crush Mate Bottles by LION Dairy & Drinks, Staytray reusable beverage tray by Hone pd, Somerset Brewing 2 bottle carry pack by OJI Fibre Solutions and Treasury Wine Estates by Sleever International.

Machinery Finalists are: Container Deposit Systems Australia (CDSA) Vision & Sorting System by SAGE Automation and HMPS 7000 Milk Crate Packer by HMPS.

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Food Category

The Design Innovation of the Year Award – Food Category will recognise organisations that have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, packaging and machinery/equipment within food packaging and processing including fresh, frozen or other.

Materials/Packaging Finalists are: Birch & Waite Foods single-serve cup by Bonson-Savpac, Carman’s Super Seed & Grain Crackers re-closable inner tray by Birdstone Collective, Grape N’Go 100% recyclable PET based resealable Fresh Lid by Result Packaging, Lactote, Radix Nutrition foil packaging breakfast pouch by Cas-Pak products and United Fisheries wicketed flat bottom bag by Omniverse Foster Packaging.

Machinery/Equipment Finalists are: BEHN + BATES Roto-Packer Adams Care Line Edition hygienic machine by Haver & Boecker Australia, Fibre King YL Sealer for Fresh Produce by Fibre King, HMPS7000 Salmon Sleever by HMPS, Twin Star washing system by Rhima Australia and Scott LEAP Suite of Technologies fully-integrated lamb processing system developed by Scott Automation & Robotics, in conjunction with Silverfern Farms and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness

The Design Innovation of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness Category will recognise organisations that have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, packaging and machinery/equipment within cosmetics, toiletries, personal hygiene, supplements, vitamins, perfumes, hair body and oral care.

Materials/Packaging Finalists are: Anumi Skincare Certified organic skincare range, Health Brands Trust waterproof, compostable pouch for capsules, Jax Wax pre-printed recyclable packaging for beaded depilatory wax by Jax Wax Australia and Flip-cap closure with ring-peel induction seal liner by West Wadding.

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Domestic & Household

The Design Innovation of the Year Award – Domestic & Household Category will recognise organisations that have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, packaging and machinery/equipment within domestic and household items, toys, stationary, gifts, clothing, garden equipment, decorating.

Materials/Packaging Finalists are: Animal Instinct’s Feed My Fur Baby by OJI Fibre Solutions easy-to-open, re-sealable corrugated solution with scoop, Precise Pour for continuous pour, anti-clog and tamper-evidence by Caps and Closures, Laundry Tote by Lactote and Seasol agricultural spray applicator by Caps and Closures.

2018 Sustainable Packaging Design Award

The Sustainable Packaging Design Award is designed to recognise companies that have developed innovative packaging or processing solutions that incorporates sustainability considerations. Elements would include Social, Material, Source Reduction, Energy and Recovery.

Materials/Packaging Finalists are: BioCane Range for the foodservice industry by BioPak, ICEE Containers biofoam PLA insulated boxes, Crush Mate Bottles by LION Dairy & Drinks and Stay Tray reusable beverage tray by Hone pd.

Machinery/Equipment Finalists are: CogniPRO Link for meat processing industry by Sealed Air Australia and Container Deposit Systems Australia (CDSA) Vision & Sorting System by SAGE Automation.

2018 Industry Packaging Professional of the Year Award

The Industry Packaging Professional of the Year Award is designed to recognise and acknowledge the outstanding achievements and contribution by an individual currently working within the Packaging and Processing industries. The judges are looking for individuals who have demonstrated vision and leadership, shows innovation and not afraid to take risks. For significant and continued contribution of an Individual to the packaging and Processing industry over a minimum period of 25 years.

Finalists are: Richard Fine MAIP, Founder, Product Development & Sustainability Director, BioPak, Joe Matto, Chief Executive Officer, PakPot and Craig Wellman FAIP, Chief Executive Officer, Wellman Packaging.

2018 APPMA Scholarship

The APPMA Scholarship is seeking a Packaging professional that is looking to further their education by offering them a scholarship to enrol in the Diploma in Packaging Technology.

Finalists are: Liz Cagorski, Graphic Design Manager, Global Beverage Brands, Nathan Leong MAIP, Packaging/Product Technologist, Primo Smallgoods and Gui Fen Janell Siek, Packaging Technologist, Nestle Australia.

2018 Packaging Council of New Zealand Scholarship

The Packaging Council of New Zealand Scholarship is seeking a Packaging professional that is looking to further their education by offering them a scholarship to enrol in the Diploma in Packaging Technology.

Finalists are: Jaco Scheepers, Packaging Technologist, Synlait Milk and Cyril Brajeul, Packaging Technologist, Synlait Milk.

2018 Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award

The purpose of the Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award is to provide incentive and recognition to young professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path within the Packaging & Processing industry.

Finalists are: Regan Foster AAIP, Director, Omniverse Foster Packaging and Robin Lowenstein, Design Integrations, Ernest Fleming Machinery and Equipment.

Women in Industry Awards 2018 – nominations now open

Nominations for the Women in Industry Awards, the annual event celebrating women who are making a mark in the Australian industrial sector, are now open.

This opportunity only comes around once a year, so now is the time to consider those women who have achieved success through their leadership, innovation and commitment to their sector.

This is your opportunity to recognise the women who are driving change in your industry and – in doing so – breaking down barriers and creating new possibilities for the next generation.

These may be women you work with, women whose achievements are inspiring you from afar, or women who are providing you with invaluable guidance and support. We believe their dedication and exceptionalism should be celebrated.

Nominations are open in 10 categories and will close on 30 April 2018.

WHEN: 6:30pm, Thursday 14 June 2018
WHERE: Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Sydney

To nominate, click here.

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Food & Beverage Industry Awards 2018 – nominations open

Calling all those in the Australia and New Zealand food and beverage manufacturing industry. Nominations for the 15th annual Food & Beverage Industry Awards are now open.

This opportunity only comes around once a year, so now is the time to consider those products, businesses and individuals which stand out from the crowd and deserve recognition for their excellence.

This year, to accurately reflect the industry as it now stands, we have made some changes to the award categories. There are nine categories as well as the Best of the Best Award, which is contested by all category winners.

We would also like to make note of our valued sponsors – some which are new for this year. Flavour Makers have returned as Platinum Sponsor of the Best of the Best Award, and we welcome the support of Wiley, Consultel Cloud, Jet Technologies and Vega Australia in celebrating the successes of the Australian industry.

The full list of awards being competed for is:

  • Beverage of the Year
  • Ingredient Innovation
  • Food Safety Equipment & Materials
  • Packaging Innovation – new for 2018
  • Innovative Technology of the Year
  • Health Foods
  • Best in Design – new for 2018
  • Meat, Poultry & Smallgoods
  • Paddock to Plate
  • Best of the Best

 All winners will be announced on Thursday 16 August at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney.

Click here to nominate

For more information on the Food & Beverage Industry Awards, or to sponsor, please visit

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From the boardroom to the farm

Last year the Food & Beverage Industry Awards introduced a number of new categories. One of these was the Paddock to Plate award, won by El Cielo.

The Food & Beverage Industry Awards’ Paddock to Plate category celebrates companies that source their product direct from the producer and maintain freshness while meeting a consumer demand, such as longer shelf life and/or ease of preparation and cooking.

The winner of the award last year, sponsored by Chr. Hansen, was El Cielo for its White Corn Tortillas, Totopos and Tostaditas.

As Cesar Duran (pictured), managing director of El Cielo told Food & Beverage Industry News, putting the Paddock to Plate philosophy into practice was no easy task.

“It’s a continuing work in progress. You’re bringing together two worlds which are very different. The language is very different; the expectations are very different,” he said. “It took a lot of communication, a lot of understanding and a lot of time to get everybody [farmers, manufacturers and retailers] on the same page.”

Despite the difficulties, the Paddock to Plate dream started to come to fruition in 2016 when the company started to grow and use its own white corn in northern NSW.

In conjunction with the farm, extensive research and planning was undertaken in order to establish the best location for growing high-quality white corn in Australia. This also required extensive planning with regards to logistics and ensuring the white corn would reach the production facility fresh.

Upgrades and development of processing machinery were required in order to facilitate the production of the products, while providing the fresh products to restaurants (including El Sabor) meant the dream was realised. In order to maintain freshness, the grain is harvested in NSW, then immediately transported to a production facility in Port Melbourne for processing. The products are then delivered directly to restaurants and independent retailers for sale.

The end result impressed the judges of the aforementioned awards. “El Cielo has taken the concept of paddock to plate one step further – deciding to grow the corn themselves to ensure the best quality for the product. Their impressive supply chain sees them grow the corn, process it in their Port Melbourne facility and then deliver direct to restaurants as a fresh product,” they commented.

Does El Cielo have any advice for businesses hoping to follow in its footsteps?

“The hardest bit is to develop trust and understanding. The advice I would give them would be to come down from the boardroom and be closer to where ingredients come from,” said Duran. “It’s about relationships and getting off our high horses in the cities to actually go to the farms and see where food comes from.”

Founded in 2012, El Cielo (which translates as ‘The Heaven’) employs over 20 people. The company was established with the aim of promoting ‘The True Taste of Mexico’, offering the flavours of traditional Mexican cuisine.

According to Duran, the company plans to grow into 2018. “Soon we’re launching a range of full-flavoured tortillas. Also we’ll continue to develop our Mexican range next year. We have new salsas and new products coming,” he said.

While at this stage only the company’s corn products (White Corn Tortillas, White Corn Totopos – corn chips, and Tostaditas) are ‘Paddock to Plate’, all other products use elements of the philosophy.

According to Duran, the company intends to maintain close relationships with those on the land. “We need to be more grateful to farmers. We should probably be more grateful to farmers than doctors.” he said.

Click here for more information on the Food & Beverage Industry Awards.

House of Arras wins ‘Best Sparkling Trophy’ at another capital city wine show

Tasmanian label House of Arras has now scooped the ‘Best Sparkling Trophy’ at every capital city wine show in Australia this year.

Ed Carr, House of Arras Winemaker, is celebrating this clean sweep after the results of the Royal Hobart Wine Show last night where they won four trophies in total; Best Wine of Show, Best Tasmanian Sparkling, Best Tasmanian Wine and Best Sparkling for the Blanc de Blanc 2008.

“These awards have topped a superlative year for House of Arras. Such endorsement across a broad range of judges is an absolute statement of quality and the entire viticulture and winemaking team is extremely proud of this achievement.

“It is particularly pleasing to be awarded ‘the home state’ trophy for the ‘Best Tasmanian Wine’ in Hobart from a field of strong competition across many premium cold climate wine styles,” said Carr (pictured).

The seven Best Sparkling capital city trophies were split between the House of Arras Grand Vintage 2008 which took home three trophies and Blanc de Blancs 2008 which received four.

Last week, House of Arras also received the ‘Best Australian Producer’ Trophy at the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition. An esteemed global competition, this is the first time that the top Australian producer trophy has been awarded to a sparkling wine brand.

With these kinds of accolades under his belt, it’s no wonder that wine critics have dubbed Carr the “Godfather of Australian Sparkling”.

“It is absolutely fantastic to see our philosophy of fastidious viticulture and winemaking come to fruition and receive these awards from such discerning wine judges in recognised quality competitions both here in Australian and overseas,” said Carr.

House of Arras is part of the Accolade Wines portfolio, which features other premium brands including Grant Burge, Hardys, St Hallett and Croser.

Fruit for House of Arras is sourced across Tasmania’s premium cool climate regions, ideal for long, slow and consistent fruit development.

The entire portfolio of Arras sparkling wines is held back between 3-10 years to give them the distinction, quality and maturity they require to be world-class said Carr.



South Australian Food Industry Award winners announced

The 2017 South Australian Food Industry Award winners were announced tonight at the largest food and beverage industry gathering in Australia and overall, the big winner is South Australia, according to Food South Australia CEO Catherine Sayer.

The winners were announced to an audience of more than 700 at the Adelaide Convention Centre at what has become known as the industry’s ‘night of nights’, hosted this year by Matt Preston.

“This year’s winners typify the diverse range of food and beverage products we manufacture in this state, ranging from on-trend functional foods to traditional family favourites,” Ms Sayer said.

“Our state is home to highly skilled entrepreneurs and to businesses of all sizes who are contributing significantly, and consistently, to South Australia’s economic growth,” she said.

“The joint winners of the Duncan MacGillivray Entrepreneur Award, Tom Robinson and Roger Edwards, are fantastic examples of how South Australia is benefiting from successful entrepreneurship in the food and beverage industry.

“Tom and Roger have led the way to transform an industry, turning pipis from a low value fishing bait into a premium gourmet –and strongly South Australian – product, now beloved by top chefs.

“Tonight’s inductee into the San Remo Hall of Fame, Nippy’s, is a great example of the contribution our industry makes to regional employment, while Ceravolo Orchards, winners of the 2017 Thomas Foods Primary Producer and Peats Soil and Garden Supplies’ Sustainability Awards, is a family business in the Adelaide Hills strategically managing every aspect of their business to add value and reduce waste.

“It is critical to recognise and build on best practice, and this is something our industry does well, partly through these Awards. The South Australian Food Industry Awards program, hosted by Food South Australia and supported each year by Primary Industries and Regions SA, has become a benchmark for industry excellence,” she said.

“Over the last 19 years, these Awards have become an important springboard to help South Australian businesses grow. For example, we have found that finalists and winners have been able to use their success as a hallmark of quality and to successfully break into important new markets.”

“Our industry has to keep working hard to be globally competitive, but programs like the South Australian Food Industry Awards also give us a rare opportunity for industry to come together, and to step outside individual businesses to look at how we work as an industry to maximise collaborative opportunities. Everyone involved in these Awards, and every South Australian, should be proud of these achievements and the contribution our food and beverage industry makes to our great state,” Ms Sayer said.

Furphy Engineering named Fabricator of the Year

Furphy Engineering, a maker of tanks and vessels for the food industry and elsewhere, was recently announced as the 2017 WTIA (Welding Technology Institute of Australia) Fabricator of the Year.

The award recognises and applauds our performance across a comprehensive range of business metrics including demonstrated innovation, quality assurance, market success,  community engagement, health and safety record, and commitment to the training and development of employees.

The award acknowledges Furphy’s 150-year history of manufacturing in Australia and the leadership of five generations of Furphy family members.

Today the company combines in-house design and engineering expertise with state-of-the-art equipment and a dedicated 3-tiered QA/QC department to deliver high quality, locally made stainless steel tanks to a wide range of Australian industries.

Furphy managing director MD, Adam Furphy (pictured right) captures the significance of receiving the WTIA award. “It is a great honour to be recognised amongst Australian manufacturing in receiving this award,” he said.

“Our company motto of ‘Good, Better, Best’ truly represents both our philosophy of continuous improvement and our commitment to delivering stainless steel tanks that have been designed and built to the highest possible standards. We expend a great deal of energy to ensure that this claim can be made so it is particularly pleasing to be acknowledged with this prestigious award from a tremendously important institution such as the WTIA.”

Awards for Chinese professionals promoting Australian wine

The top Chinese wine professionals who excel in promoting Australian wine in China have been honoured at the Wine Australia China Awards 2017.

This year, the celebration of Australian wine was amplified with the inaugural Australian Wine Fair in Shanghai, which showcased the unique and diverse styles of Australian food and wine to media, wine enthusiasts and influencers.

“The China Awards and Australian Wine Fair provide an excellent platform to celebrate those who excel in promoting Australian wine in China, as well as developing a deeper appreciation for Australia’s premium wines amongst wine influencers,” said Andreas Clark, Chief Executive Officer of Wine Australia.

“Mainland China is Australia’s most valuable export market and the continued growth we are seeing is a testament to the great work being done by the wine trade. We appreciate their dedication to promoting Australian wine and their enthusiasm to educate and encourage more people to try the wide array of premium Australian wine on offer.

“The Australian Wine Fair, a new initiative introduced as part of the Australian Government’s Export and Regional Wine Support Package, saw Australian winemakers from 10 wine regions travel to Shanghai to showcase their wines, host master classes and educate Chinese wine professionals and wine lovers about the diversity of our wines,” he said.

At the China Awards, 13 business representatives and individuals were celebrated for their outstanding contribution promoting and raising awareness of Australian wine in Australia’s most valuable export market.

Rose Scott, CEO of Summergate, one of the winners of the Best Importer category, said, “The annual Wine Australia China Awards is one of the most important events in the wine calendar in China each year. We feel honoured to be recognised and we would like to thank Wine Australia in China and our brand partners for their support and the contribution they have all provided to assist with the development of this key future global wine market.”

The China Award ceremony attracted 230 guests, including wine importers, retailers, hoteliers, sommeliers, wine education and training professionals and media, and approximately 500 guests attended the inaugural Australian Wine Fair.

Eric Vivian Thomson receives Victorian wine honour

Eric Vivian Thomson, fondly known as Viv Thomson amongst wine industry peers, has been announced Legend of the Vine Victoria at the annual WCA Melbourne Wine Show Awards Lunch. Thomson comes from a long line of winemakers and received ‘Legend of the Vine’ status for his service to the wine industry as one of Australia’s longest serving winemakers.

“Viv has made an outstanding contribution to the wine industry and is a highly respected figure amongst his wine peers in Australia,” said WCA National Chair Angus Barnes.

“His list of accolades, including his 2014 Order of Australia Medal, is a true reflection of where his reputation sits within the industry, and why he is recognised as Victorian’s newest Legend of the Vine.”

Thomson descends from one of Victoria’s most successful wine families dating back five generations. Born and raised in Swan Hill, Thomson moved to Great Western as a six-year-old boy where his grandfather owned Concongella Vineyards in Great Western. Winemaking has always been a part of Thomson’s family – in 1920 his grandfather purchased Best’s Great Western where Thomson has spent majority of his career managing operations and acting as chief winemaker.

A graduate of the acclaimed Roseworthy College in South Australia, Thomson spent three years studying agriculture before deciding it would be worth taking a crash-course in winery analysis. After returning from two years abroad, he joined his father Eric running the vineyard and making wine at Best’s Great Western, and managed two wineries 230 kilometres apart from each other, one at Great Western and one at Lake Boga.

Since entering the winemaking role in 1962, he has completed 51 consecutive vintages and was acknowledged for his service to the wine industry, awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the General Division as a part of the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

During the Christmas period, Thomson would close the doors of Best’s Great Western as there was no cellar door to manage. He spent a week behind closed doors examining each barrel to ensure it was meeting industry expectations and would virtually plan a 12-month program for the business before pre-harvest.

Best’s now operates across six vineyard blocks including Rhymney Vineyard, Concongella, Thomson Family Block, Nursery Block, Barts and Marcus and The Hill Block. The winery’s Concongella and Nursery Block was planted in 1868 by Henry Best, Best’s Great Western original founder.

Thomson now considers himself the elder statesman of Best’s Great Western since handing over the reins of the business to his eldest son Ben. Viv has been recognised by the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival as a “legend” for his services to the wine industry and was also President of the Victorian Wine Industry Association for many years.

HMPS wins SA globalisation award

Manufacturer of automated packaging machinery HMPS has been named winner at the Impact Awards 2017, which recognise South Australian companies with global potential.

HMPS was among a group of eight finalists out of a group of forty entries who had been judged by international business leaders to determine who would best represents South Australia’s future for globalisation. HMPS is recognised as having the capability to have a significant impact on global markets and generate high value opportunities for South Australia’s economy.

The judges were impressed by the year on year growth, advancement and ambition of HMPS.

In accepting the award, Mark Emmett (pictured left), Executive Chairman for HMPS praised the team and said that his vision for the company was always to provide jobs and a future for the young people of South Australia. Today the company employs 55 people from its head office and main production facility in Adelaide.

HMPS provides customised packaging solutions which are based on highly advanced robotic systems for manufacturing companies who must compete globally. “The technology also recognises that to truly compete against lower cost manufacturers, product quality and production line efficiency must also feature strongly. Their mission is to help manufacturing companies in high cost economies remain competitive and indeed thrive against low cost economies,” said Emmett.

“As HMPS grows, our requirements for highly skilled engineers, technicians and other qualified people will provide a boost for the local economy. There are significant opportunities for the company to take on new markets and generate prosperity for its own health, customers and for the good of South Australia.”

The award comes on the back of HMPS being named as one of the Top 100 companies in South Australia. According to Emmett, the company is focused on growing HMPS and the manufacturing sector of South Australia.

The Impact Awards are driven to assist with the globalisation of the South Australian economy, by focusing on companies with the greatest global potential to increase their impact on world markets.

NZ’s Bad Taste Food Awards open for nominations

Consumer NZ wants nominations for its Bad Taste Food Awards which highlight New Zealand food companies marketing their products as better choices than they really are.

Consumer NZ chief executive Sue ChetwinChetwin says Consumer NZ’s research regularly uncovers foods masquerading as nutritionally superior options, from gourmet salt to sugar-laden breakfast cereals.

“We’re inviting consumers to join us in naming and shaming food marketers’ claims to put pressure on companies to clean up their act,” she says.

This is the second year Consumer NZ has run the awards. In 2016, Nutri-Grain was among the winners, singled out for being marketed as a healthier option even though it was more than a quarter sugar.

Other winners included 98 percent almond-free almond milk, Gatorade and Powerade sports drinks with their sizeable sugar hits, and Heinz Little Kids Fruit & Veg Shredz, which were nearly 70 percent sugar.


Excellence and dedication awarded at National Seafood Industry Awards

Top players in the seafood industry gathered at International Convention Centre for the National Seafood Industry Awards at a Gala Dinner on 28th September 2017. The awards pay homage to excellence in a wide range of categories, celebrating innovation, environmental sustainability and long-term service, as well as excellence in people development and promotions.

In attendance was Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, who assisted with the presentation of the awards.

The Industry Ambassador Award is the evening’s most prestigious award, presented to Tasmanian aquaculture farmers Peter and Una Rockliff for their decades of service and making a significant contribution to the development of Australia’s seafood industry. Their lifetime of work, as a husband and wife team since 1949, has greatly contributed to Tasmania being recognised as a sustainable, innovative and best practice seafood producer.

The award for Excellence in Environmental Practice has become increasingly important for businesses, as seafood lovers are more than ever before interested in sustainable seafood practices and scrutinise the origin of the fish and seafood they buy. This year, Austral Fisheries took out the title in recognition for being the first carbon neutral seafood business in the world.

Austral fisheries operates vessels in Australia’s sub-antarctic fisheries catching Patagonian Toothfish and prawn. All of Austral’s wild-caught seafood is certified sustainable and well managed by the Marine Stewardship Council.

The hotly contested Best Fish and Chips award underwent a rigorous process to determine the top shop this year. The People’s Choice Awards called upon the public to rally behind their favourite seafood eateries and cast their vote for the nation’s Best Fish and Chips.

Minister Ruston was delighted the search for Australia’s best fish and chips shop had sparked widespread interest.

“The response right across the country has been fantastic, and I want to thank everyone who’s lodged a vote,” Minister Ruston said.

“Australians love their fish and chips, and many of us are very loyal to our favourite fish and chips shop.

“Another great thing about this contest is that it highlights the need to ensure our fisheries are managed sustainably so that future generations of Australians can enjoy a feed of fish and chips from their favourite shop or restaurant, just like we can.”

The People’s choice award took seven months, and over 95,000 votes to whittle down the state winners and national finalists to find the best and most loved fish and chip shop in Australia. Finally the People’s Choice award went to Tasmanian Gourmet Seafoods. The Northern Territory’s Frying Nemo was awarded Best Fish and Chips by the formally judged category.

Safety is a key issue in the industry and recognising the issue in the awards can foster support for safety within the sector. Sydney Fish Market was awarded the Safety Award, for its commitment to ensuring the safety of its customers and workers, having maintained third party safety certification for fourteen consecutive years.

The Young Achiever Award went to Asher Flynn who is Operations Manager of Fremantle Octopus. Asher started his career at the tender age of 14 and has since proved himself a game changer in the industry. He volunteers his time to visit schools educating children about the seafood industry and has executed a successful product development launch for international markets.

Awards for Businesses in the large and small categories went to Humpty Doo Barramundi and Bass Strait Direct respectively. Ocean Grown Abalone won in the Primary Producer category. Spring Bay Seafoods took away the word in the Research, Development and Extension category. Commercial Fishing Operations Skills for Northern Territory Indigenous Communities won in the People Development category.

On the night, nearly 400 guests were treated to a decadent seafood-based menu, in the Grand Ballroom held at the International Convention Centre.

The awards happen in conjunction with Seafood Directions 2017 conference, attended by close to 350 delegates, held at the International Convention Centre from 27th to 29th September.  Seafood Directions is the national seafood industry conference held every two years, travelling from state to state and hosted this year by the New South Wales Seafood Industry Council (NSWSIC).

With the theme ‘Sea the Future’, Seafood Directions 2017 aims to provide a platform for delegates to connect and collaborate with business leaders and those at the forefront of the seafood industry to discuss the current and potential challenges that the industry is facing; and develop the ideas that will pave the way for a sustainable future for all.

Winners of the 2017 National Seafood Industry Awards are:




Young Achiever Award

Asher Flynn

Primary Producer Award

Ocean Grown Abalone

Business (Large) Award

Humpty Doo Barramundi

Business (Small) Award

Bass Strait Direct

Research Development and Extension Award

Spring Bay Seafoods

Environment Award

Austral Fisheries

People Development Award

Commercial Fishing Operations Skills for Northern Territory Indigenous Communities

Promotion Award

Mandurah Licenced Fishermen’s Association

Safety Award

Sydney Fish Market

Restaurant Award

Freycinet Marine Farm

Fish and Chips Award

Frying Nemo

Industry Ambassador Award

Peter and Una Rockliff

Inductees to the Hall of Fame

Annie Jarrett

Grahame Turk

Bill Passey

Barry Evans

Simon Clark

Sime Sarin

Peter Fare

Peter and Una  Rockliff

Leonie Noble

Michael Kailis

Jayne Gallagher



Australia’s first smart drink wins global beverage award

Smart drink Shine+ has been rewarded for its charitable efforts at the World Beverage Innovation Awards.

Taking home ‘Best Corporate Social Responsibility’, the Sydney born start-up was recognised for its partnership with ‘Water Is Life’ – providing one day of clean drinking to someone in need for every bottle of Shine+ sold. To date the company has already donated over 250,000 days of clean drinking water.

The World Beverage Innovation Awards are designed to celebrate excellence and innovation across every category of the global beverage industry. Presented at Drinktec 2017 in Munich, Germany, the judging panel considered over 200 entries from over 33 countries in 25 categories.

The company was also a finalist in the ‘Best New Beverage Concept’ category, competing with conglomerates such as Pepsi Co and Diageo.

“It’s a real honour to be a part of this prestigious event, and an even greater one to win an award. We feel incredibly lucky that all our hard work has been recognised and for such a vital cause. Over 780 million people in the world lack access to safe water and it was core in our vision to build a way we could also give back as well as help everyday Australians be at their best,” said CEO & Co-Founder of Shine+, Stephen Chapman (pictured, right).

Inspired by the rising consumer demand for healthy functional beverages and ways to reduce mental fatigue and stay sharp, Shine+ leads the way in a growing market of natural nootropics. Designed to increase alertness, clarity, concentration and memory, nootropics are clinically proven to improve cognitive function – becoming very popular in Silicon Valley and Ivy League Schools.

The drink contains natural ingredients such as Ginkgo Biloba, Green Tea Extract (with L-Theanine), Turmeric and other ingredients known to support mental function such as Siberian Ginseng and Vitamins B6 and B12.

The company is on track to achieve their goal of selling one million bottles in their first year of operation, and therefore donate one million days of clean drinking water to people in need.

Shine Smart Drink Bottle

Final week for entries to Sydney International Wine Competition

Wineries have one more week to enter the 38th Sydney International Wine Competition – the only international wine show that judges all its finalists in combination with appropriate food.

Entries need to be submitted by Friday 22 September. Competition entry is eligible from wine producers from around the world, with entries capped at a total of 2000 wines to ensure the most rigorous judging process.

Already, wineries from a record 13 countries have submitted wines, with all the major wine-producing countries represented, along with smaller producers such as Greece, Israel and Turkey. This year, entries have included 57 individual grape varieties, another record.

Judging will take place from 9 – 13 October, and provisional award and trophy winners will be notified by the end of October.

Online entries can be made via the competition’s website, which contains full details of the judging criteria and judges’ comments on all award winners from the 2017 competition.

With no minimum production requirements, this show is particularly applicable to experimental and small makers to test their wines alongside wines from major producers.

This year’s competition will be judged by an international panel of fourteen highly experienced and credentialed judges which includes five Masters of Wine, with Kym Milne MW returning as Chair of the judging panel.

New judges to the competition are Mike DeGaris, Corey Ryan, Natasha Hughes MW, Matthew Deller MW and Tan Ying Hsien MW, who qualified as Singapore’s first-ever Master of Wine in 2015.

They join returning judges Kym Milne MW, Stuart Halliday, Sue Bastian, Warren Gibson, Brent Mariss, Ken Dobler, Meg Brodtmann MW and Oliver Masters.

Renowned Chef Michael Manners will once again develop menus for the final rounds when wines are tasted “with appropriate food”.

Food businesses among finalists in export awards

Several businesses from within the food and beverage sector have been named finalists in the Premier of QLD’s Export Awards.

The finalists in the Agribusiness category are AGT Foods Australia, Australian Country Choice, BNY Trading, and CJ Nutracon.

Elsewhere in the finalists list, soft serve ice cream maker Frosty Boy Australia made the cut in both the Business Services and Manufacturing categories, while AGT Foods Australia is a finalist in the Regional Exporter category.

The Export Council of Australia would like to congratulate the finalists announced for the 2017 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards. As exporters from across the state compete for 12 industry categories the program celebrates business excellence in international trade.

“The QLD Export Awards are about rewarding businesses that have shown a commitment and determination to grow their global business and who, against adversity, seek new innovative ways to compete on the international stage,” said Chief Executive Officer for the Export Council of Australia (ECA) Lisa McAuley.

“The competition is extremely tough and we are thrilled to see a number of new names recognised for their tremendous efforts. It’s fantastic to also see the diversity of the companies that entered the awards this year.

As Australia enters negotiations over a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Pacific Alliance, an excellent opportunity emerges to place these countries top-of-mind among Australian companies evaluating new market and diversification opportunities.

These negations come at an opportune moment given numerous positive developments in the Australia- Latin America relationship. We look forward to a great event that recognises our QLD champions and looks at the new growth opportunities for the state this in this important region,” said McAuley.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 19 October at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Southbank with both the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland, Minister for the Arts and the Honourable Curtis Pitt, Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade & Investment as guests of honour.

Food & beverage industry commended for sustainability efforts

The Smith’s Snackfood Company & Sakata Rice Snacks Australia, Pernod Ricard Winemakers and Rawbone Pet Foods (makers of 4Legs dog food) were named the winners at the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s (APCO) annual awards on August 23 in Melbourne, recognised for their achievements in sustainable packaging.

Nine other businesses in the food and beverages industry were also finalists in the prestigious awards, heralding environmental sustainability in the industry.

APCO enables businesses, government and industry to design and utilise more sustainable packaging throughout the supply chain to reduce the environmental impact of packaging in Australia. APCO’s annual awards celebrate the innovative and outstanding achievements of its members in these areas.

To take out an award for the food and beverages category, The Smith’s Snackfood Company & Sakata Rice Snacks Australia improved efficiencies in waste management and achieved an impressive recycling rate of 86 percent. Reviews on Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ packaging has also resulted in the use of light weighting glass and label size reduction. Taking the final award, Rawbone Pet Foods (makers of 4Legs dog food) made extensive efforts to embed sustainability principles with suppliers and customers, resulting in packaging optimisations and reduced waste.

The Smith’s Snackfood Company & Sakata Rice Snacks Australia are to be further commended, as the company also won the APCO award for Outstanding Achievement in Design, while Nestlé Australia, a finalist in the category, took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in Recycling.

Nestlé Australia, Mars Australia, Kellogg Australia, Campbell Arnotts Australia, Chobani, LION, Snack Foods, C.A. Henschke & Company and Buderim Ginger were also named as finalists in the Awards. All finalists were selected based on their performance in sustainable packaging design, comprehensive recycling systems and product stewardship activities to develop sustainable supply chains.

“We continue to drive packaging and waste reduction and efficiency, closely monitoring our performance to achieve ongoing improvements. Being part of the Australian Packaging Covenant has helped us to contribute in a meaningful way to our global PepsiCo sustainability agenda, and packaging sustainability will remain a key focus for the business” said Janine Cannell, Australia & New Zealand Environment Manager, The Smith’s Snackfood Company & Sakata Rice Snacks Australia.

Image: Damila Mootoosamy and Olivia Ratten from Rawbone Pet Foods.


Dairy-free ice cream start-up wins 2017 Telstra New Business Award

Australian coconut milk ice cream start-up, Over The Moo, has taken out the 2017 Telstra New Business Award. The New Business Award is open to young businesses less than three years old and recognises the company’s rapid growth in the competitive retail market.

Founder Alexander Houseman, came up with the idea for the business in 2015 after becoming fed up with the lacklustre dairy free ice creams available at his local supermarket. After developing a unique recipe, Houseman quit his job to move back in with his parents and save for his first batch of production.

“I really felt that I’d created something unique,” said Houseman. “It was a product that delivered comparable taste and texture to traditional dairy and didn’t skimp on indulgence. I knew Over The Moo wasn’t like anything else on the market.”

Two years after launching the product, Houseman has achieved the mainstream success which eludes most food start-ups. He’s penned deals with Woolworths and a range of independent supermarkets and is now ranged in almost 1,000 stores nationally.

This financial year, Over The Moo cracked $1 million in sales and is enjoying a gross profit increase of 515 per cent year to year. They also launched Australia’s first dairy free ice cream truck in March.

Despite this rapid growth, Houseman says the announcement that Over The Moo had been named as a Finalist came as a surprise: “We entered because we were keen to see how we measured up against other businesses. Being tapped as the top new business in the country was totally unexpected,” said Houseman.

Now in their 25th year, the Telstra Business Awards showcase and celebrate the achievements of Australia’s most brilliant small and medium businesses across five categories. The awards aim to promote organisations working to build a heathier and smarter future for the nation.

Zenith Award winners announced

It was time for those in the process and control engineering space to shine last night as the winners of the 14th Annual Zenith Awards were announced at Doltone House in Hyde Park, Sydney.

The quality of nominees was high and the technology on display amazing, while MC Craig Reucassell made it an enjoyable night for all with his sharp wit and keen observations about the process and control industry.

The PACE team thanks the judges for their time for judging the awards, while a big congratulations goes to the finalists and winners. Below is the list of winners in each category.

Best Network Implementation sponsored by Beckhoff

Matthews Australasia – manufacturing traceability

Best PLC, HMI and Sensor Product sponsored by Bestech

VEGA Australia – VegaPuls 69

Power and Energy Management

Nano-Nouvelle – Li-ion battery project

Water and Wastewater Control

CST Wastewater Solutions – RAPTOR

Young Achiever sponsored by SICK

Michaela Craft – BOC Gases

Mining and Mineral Process Control

Columbus Group – double-bed mining system

Safety System Innovation

YUMARR Automation – JumboGuard

Manufacturing Control sponsored by IICA

Matthews Australasia – egg-packaging integrated inspection

Machine Builder sponsored by B&R Automation

HMPS – HMPS5000 wraparound case packer


Image: SICK’s strategic industry manager, mining, Graham Robson with Zenith Young Achiever Michaela Craft from BOC Gases.

Tickets still available for Zenith Awards

The gala night for the process and control engineering industry is fast approaching and there are limited tickets still available. Held at the prestigious Doltone House in Hyde, the Zenith Awards highlight the best innovations and projects in the past year.

Every year there is a keynote speaker who offers an excellent insight into the industry and this year is no exception.

Keynote speaker Salah Sukkarieh is the Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney. He is an international expert in the research, development and commercialisation of field robotic systems. He has led a number of robotics and intelligent systems R&D projects in logistics, commercial aviation, aerospace, education, environment monitoring, agriculture and mining.

If you wish to purchase tickets for the event, please click here.


Paul Hotker named Winemaker of the Year

Wine critic James Halliday has bestowed one of his highest accolades on the South Australian wine region of Langhorne Creek, naming Paul Hotker of the historic Bleasdale Vineyards as Winemaker of the Year for 2018.

Hotker was among the best and brightest Australian winemakers to be honoured at the fifth annual Qantas epiQure Halliday Wine Companion Awards ceremony, held tonight in Melbourne.

The hotly anticipated Wine of the Year and Best Shiraz titles went to the much lauded 2012 Henschke Hill of Grace, which is handpicked from 152-year-old vines in the Eden Valley.

The Yarra Valley was the front runner of the night, with single-vineyard estate Mount Mary picking up Winery of the Year and Best Pinot Noir, Dappled Wines named Best New Winery and Boat O’Craigo the Dark Horse to watch.

Clare Valley legend Jeffrey Grosset, of Grosset Wines, took out Best Value Winery for his globally renowned range.

The awards are based on the reviews in the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion book, on sale nationwide from tomorrow. Featuring more than 1200 wineries (including 78 new ones) and around 6840 individual wine ratings, it is the definitive guide to Australian wine.

The six major winners:

  • Wine of the Year (sponsored by Qantas epiQure): 2012 Henschke Hill of Grace
  • Winery of the Year (sponsored by Wine Australia): Mount Mary
  • Winemaker of the Year (sponsored by Wine Australia): Paul Hotker, Bleasdale Vineyards
  • Best Value Winery of the Year (sponsored by Thomas Foods International): Grosset Wines
  • Best New Winery: Dappled Wines
  • Dark Horse Winery of the Year: Boat O’Craigo