Chaser boys to host the Food Magazine awards

The Food Magazine team is pleased to announce that the Chaser Boys, Craig Reucassel and Chris Taylor will host the Food Magazine Awards.

The Chaser crew has reignited interest in consumer affairs by providing viewers with an insightful and sometimes satirical mix of information on certain products, retail industries or brands, aiming to encourage Australian shoppers to make smarter and more educated spending decisions.

Craig Reucassel has most recently returned to turn consumer TV on its head with The Checkout and in 2004-2005, presented the Triple J drive slot, Today Today, with Chris Taylor.

The finalists for the awards have been revealed, with many of the big players and up-and-comers in the industry announced.

The event, which will take place at Sydney’s largest floating event venue, The Dockside Pavilion on Friday 7 August, recognises and rewards best practice and innovation in food and beverage processing.

The night will kick off with our ever-popular Product Showcase. Each finalist will be invited to spruik their wares and demonstrate why they’re worthy of their seat at the awards presentation. We will then move into a sit-down dinner and then get down to business and crown the 2015 Food Magazine Awards winners.

For more information on the awards, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Sponsors for the night include Flavour Makers, The Right Food Group, Newly Weds Foods (Australia), KERRY, HACCP Australia, Earlee Products, DTS Food Laboratories and the APPMA. For more information on sponsorship opportunities contact Tim Richards at tim.richards@cirrusmedia.com.au.

 

Tickets on sale for the 2015 Food Magazine awards

Get your tickets for the 2015 Food Magazine Awards for a night of celebrating, networking and a sit down dinner with harbour views.

Tickets for the 2015 Food Magazine Awards, to be held on 7 August at the spectacular Dockside Pavilion, Darling Harbour, are available on our awards’ website.

As one of the most highly anticipated nights in the industry’s calendar, this year’s event will not disappoint!

We’ve got a brilliant new venue and will be kicking back on Sydney’s largest floating event venue, The Dockside Pavilion.

If the views of Darling Harbour and the city skyline aren’t enough to win you over, we’ll be kicking off the night with our ever-popular Product Showcase. Each finalist will be invited to spruik their wares and demonstrate why they’re worthy of their seat at the awards presentation. But don’t fill up on too many goodies because a feast awaits and then we’ll get down to business and crown the 2015 Food Magazine Awards winners.

We’ve got Craig Reucassel and Chris Taylor from the Chaser’s War on Everything hosting the night, so you can be sure you’ll be entertained.

Remember, finalists get two free tickets, but if you haven’t been named a finalist or you didn’t get your nomination in on time, you’re still more than welcome to join us at the gala dinner. All you need to do is head to our awards’ website for tickets.

 

2015 Food Magazine Awards finalists revealed

With two new categories and a brand new venue, we couldn’t be more excited to announce this year’s finalists!

In its eleventh year, the Food Magazine Awards have generated a huge amount of interest, with nearly 200 entries across the 16 categories. This year we saw a massive response for the Snack Foods category – a shift from last year, where the Health and Wellness category dominated.

As one of the most highly anticipated nights in the industry’s calendar, this year’s event will not disappoint! We’ve got a brilliant new venue and will be kicking back on Sydney’s largest floating event venue, The Dockside Pavilion. If the views of Darling Harbour and the city skyline aren’t enough to win you over, we’ll be kicking off the night with our ever-popular Product Showcase. Each finalist will be invited to spruik their wares and demonstrate why they’re worthy of their seat at the awards presentation. But don’t fill up on too many goodies because a feast awaits and then we’ll get down to business and crown the 2015 Food Magazine Awards winners.

Of course if you haven’t been named a finalist or you didn’t get your nomination in on time, you’re still more than welcome to join us at the gala dinner. All you need to do is head to our awards’ website for tickets.

I look forward to seeing you at the big reveal – and hearing all about what you’ve been up to for the past 12 months!

And the finalists are…

BAKED GOODS

  • Santino Ultra Premium Stonebaked Pizza Range by Della Rosa Fresh Foods Group
  • Jarcake range by Sweet by Nature
  • Lemon & Poppy Bite by Bite Size Coffee Treats
  • Macro Wholegrain, Oat & Rye, and Macro Super Grain Bread Rolls by Woolworths
  • Guilt Free Donuts by NOSHU
  • Tortilla by La Tortilleria

BEVERAGES

  • Lite Squeezed New Zealand Blackcurrant Fruit Syrup by Barker's of Geraldine
  • Cocoespresso by H2Coco
  • Naturals by Daylesford & Hepburn Mineral Springs Co.
  • Orange & Barley with Passionfruit Fruit Syrup by Barker's of Geraldine
  • "Street Food Series" cider by Rebello Wines
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk by Inside Out Nutritious Goods

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  • Bite Size Coffee Treats
  • Heilala Vanilla
  • SPC Ardmona

DAIRY

  • Coles Brand Ice Cream Tubs – Gooey Brownie Choc 500ml by Coles Supermarkets
  • Organic Cacao Yoghurt by five:am
  • Coles Brand Ice Cream Tubs – Caramel Popcorn 500ml by Coles Supermarkets
  • Organic Raspberry, Honey + Chia Yoghurt by five:am
  • Allure Yoghurt Coffee by Tempo Foods
  • Fruit & Vegetable Yoghurt by Yummia

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

  • H2COCO
  • Heilala Vanilla
  • Morlife
  • Thankyou

FOOD SAFETY AND INNOVATION IN NON-FOOD

  • Aerisgard Rangehood and Duct Membrane by Aeris Environmental
  • Authenticateit Solution by Authenticateit
  • Blue Co-Extruded Liners by CHEP Pallecon Solutions
  • ChillSafe by Coolsan Australia
  • Saraya Smart-Step Footwear Sanitiser by Saraya Australia

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

  • Lite Squeezed New Zealand Blackcurrant Fruit Syrup by Barker's of Geraldine
  • Organic Raspberry, Honey + Chia Yoghurt by five:am
  • Kez's Free & Naked Choc Mud Bars by Kez's Kitchen
  • LIFE (Lyophilized Indigenous Food Essentials) by Australian Functional Ingredients
  • Gourmet Protein Muesli by Food for Health
  • Protein Body Food Bar by Morlife
  • SuperBlend by Ward McKenzie's
  • Organic Vanilla Bean, Honey + Chia Yoghurt by five:am

INGREDIENT INNOVATION

  • Lemon Curd by Anathoth Farm
  • Raw Superbar range by At One Foods
  • Blueberry and Lilly Pilly Conserve by Bonne Maman
  • CO YO Coconut Yoghurt Alternative – Chocolate  by CO YO Corporate
  • CO YO Coconut Ice Cream Alternative- Tamarind & Sticky Date by CO YO Corporate
  • Fibre Klenz Powder by Morlife
  • Revolutionary System of Herbs & Spices by Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices
  • SpiceVine Marinades by Spice Vine

LABEL DESIGN

  • Bikkie Bites by Charlie's Cookies
  • Coconut Ice Cream Alternative- Tamarind & Sticky Date by CO YO
  • Wholefoods Pea + Brown Rice Protein by IsoWhey
  • Dark Chocolate 5 Berry Mix by Morlife
  • Organic Baobab Fruit Powder by Rawtanica
  • Rocky Road Bars by the Rocky Road House

MEAT AND SMALLGOODS

  • Created with Jamie Crunchy Cajun Chicken pieces by Woolworths 
  • Coles Made Easy Slow Cooked Ready to Pull Range by Coles Supermarkets
  • Coles Brand Graze Porterhouse Steak by Coles Supermarkets
  • KR Castlemaine 100% Australian Pork Yiros Souvlaki/Kebab by George Weston Foods
  • Created with Jamie Beef Meatballs & Wagyu Chorizo by Woolworths
  • Citrus-Infused Miso Salmon by Palate
  • Grass-Fed Eye Fillet Steak by Palate

ORGANICS

  • Dark Salted Burnt Caramel Organic Chocolate by Alter Eco
  • Chewy Cacao-Chip Muesli Bars Mix by Bake Mixes
  • Organic Cacao Yoghurt  by five:am 
  • Organic Ginger Digest Tea by Morlife
  • Organic Green Tea Antiox by Morlife
  • H2Coco Organic Virgin Coconut Oil by H2Coco
  • Virgin Coconut Oil by Heilala Vanilla
  • Cacao-Chip Chia & Oat Cookies Mix by Bake Mixes

PACKAGING DESIGN

  • Easy Care, Easy Open by Amcor
  • Cooked to Go by Baiada Poultry
  • Revolutionary System of Herbs & Spices by Botanical Food Company
  • Kelly Cube Wholefood Meal Kit by Kelly Cube
  • Mineral Water Eco-Kegs by Daylesford & Hepburn Mineral Springs Co.
  • SpiceVine Marinades by Spice Vine

PREPARED FOODS

  • Coconut Cacao & Chia Muesli Pods by Food for Health
  • Coles Made Easy Slow Cooked Ready to Pull Range by Coles Supermarkets
  • Jalapeño Sauce by Hells Breath
  • Quick Cook Soup by McKenzie's Foods
  • Chia Pudding by Morelife
  • Mediterranean Herb and Tomato Quinoa Risotto by Morlife
  • Street Kitchen – Rogan Josh – Scratch Kit by Passage Foods
  • Butter Chicken Simmer Sauce by Spice Vine

READY MEALS

  • Santino Ultra Premium Stonebaked Pizza Range by Della Rosa Fresh Foods Group 
  • Goji Antiox Multigrain Porridge by Morlife
  • La Zuppa 'Just Add Water' Soup by Valcorp
  • Protein Body Food Bars by Morlife
  • Citrus-Infused Miso Salmon by Palate
  • Yol'Oats by Yol'Oats

SNACK FOODS

  • Organic Cacao Yoghurt by five:am
  • Coco Hydrate Food Bar by Morlife
  • Organic Vanilla Bean, Honey + Chia Yoghurt by five:am
  • NOSHU Guilt Free Donuts by NOSHU Foods
  • Whole Kids Organic Little Munchkins Rice and Corn Puffs – Apple by Nourish Foods
  • Shapes Light & Crispy by Campbell-Arnott's
  • Individual bars by Thankyou
  • Quinoa Multifibre Snacks by Tucker's Natural

SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURER

  • B.-d. Farm Paris Creek
  • CST Wastewater Solutions
  • The Décor Corporation

 

One day left to get your nominations in

With one day left until nominations close, if you haven’t submitted your application, it’s time to get to work!

The Food Magazine Awards are a great opportunity to get recognised for your products and innovation.

Through categories including Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year, Community Engagement and Employer of the Year, manufacturers are recognised for how they treat their customers, the wider community and its environment.

To submit a nomination, or for more information, click here.

Last year’s winners:

Dairy
Harry & Larry’s for its Harry’s Ice Cream Co Sticky Date Pudding

Baked Goods
Gluten Free Grain Free for its Whisk and Bowl – Biscuit Mix

Ready Meals
Yummia for its Yummia Bircher Muesli

Confectionery
Morlife for its No Added Sugar Chocolate Goji Berries

Health and Wellness
SPC for its Henry Jones Fruit & Chia Spread

Food Safety and Innovation in Non-Food
Deb Australia for its OxyBac

Organics
The Right Food Group for its Ozganics Salsas

Meat and Smallgoods
Primo for its Primo Hot Roast

Snack Foods
Soma Organics for its Soma Bites

Sustainable Manufacturing
Décor Corporation for its Décor Tellfresh

Prepared Foods
Della Rosa Fresh Foods Group for its Stone Baked Gourmet Pizzas

Packaging Design
Edlyn Foods for its Condiments in Pouches

Ingredient Innovation
Co Yo for its Coconut Milk Yoghurt Alternative

Nomination for the 2015 Food Magazine Awards close Thursday 30 April at 5pm.

 

Food Magazine Awards in focus: Food Safety and Innovation in Non-Food

Last year, this category was taken out by Deb Australia for its antibacterial hand wash, Deb OxyBAC.

To enter into this category, the product or service needs to be directly applicable to the Australian or New Zealand food and beverage industries and offer a food safety benefit to the food industry. This benefit may be realised through design, improved sanitation or allergen testing.

Products that can be entered into this category include protective clothing, sanitation products and services, monitoring equipment, materials handling products and facility fit out products and materials.

Last year’s winner

Deb OxyBAC is a safe and effective hand wash that can be used where high levels of physical and bacterial contamination are encountered in food manufacturing, food processing, catering, restaurants and food service.

Jason Rigley, Deb Australia’s national marketing manager for Australia and New Zealand said the product marks a first in its category.

“OxyBAC is a world first innovation in antibacterial hand wash. It’s the only product on the market that has accelerated hydrogen peroxide that is safe for the environment, safer for the user but is effective in killing the bacteria on your hands,” he said.

“I think we won because it is different to what is available on the market, it’s a new product with nothing else like it in the category.”

To nominate, head to https://foodmagazineawards.com.au/

Nominations close 30 April.

 

Food Magazine Awards in focus: Dairy

With nominations closing on Thursday, it’s time to buckle down and complete your nominations!

Today we focus on the Dairy category. This category is for new products that include cow, milk, buffalo or goat milk as a main element.

Products that can be entered in this category include cheese, milk, ice cream, yoghurt and custard.

The new product must have been launched in Australia or New Zealand (or Oceania) between April 2013 and April 2015.

2014 winner

Last year, Harry & Larry’s took home the dairy award for its Harry’s Ice Cream Co Sticky Date Pudding.

Harry & Larry’s sales manager, Evan Judd, accepted the award on the night.

“I think we won because we have a really innovative product,” Judd said.

“We spend a lot of time during the product development stage thinking of different themes and flavours and we decided on an Australian dessert theme.

Judd said Harry & Larry’s has been able to capitalise on its unique point of difference.

“The Australian flavours are our point of difference and I think the market has embraced that,” Judd said.

Interested in the awards? Click here for more information.

Nominations deadline is strictly 5pm, 30 April.

 

Food Magazine Awards in focus: Meat and Smallgoods

Last year, Primo Smallgoods took home the award for its Primo Hot Roast. Now we’re on the hunt for another great new product.

This category incorporates all fresh meats and deli meat products.

Products that can be entered in this category include mince, wings, steaks, roasts and poultry.

The innovation here could be in regards to how the meat is cooked/prepared by the manufacturer or the end user, or an innovative combination of ingredients or processing techniques.

2014 winner: Primo Hot Roast

Last year’s winning product, Primo Smallgoods’ Primo Hot Roast was a first for the retail market, and offers the consumer an alternative choice to the rotisserie chicken sold in supermarkets.

The moisture infused whole beef or pork cuts are cooked to a predetermined level, where they only require finishing off in a rotisserie oven.

Oven-proof inner bags were developed to allow the packaging of part-cooked roasts. The inner bag retains all cooking liquid and withstands normal oven temperatures. The inner bag could not carry any printing or labelling as it is the cooking vehicle, so all necessary labelling had to be carried on an external secondary bag. This outer pack was designed along the same lines as a rotisserie bag.

Mirabel Rosar, marketing manager for Primo Smallgoods said the product is consumer driven.

“Convenience is still very important and we wanted to deliver a meal that had a point of difference – something that kept the consumer front of mind.

“When consumers buy the hot roast, there is no need to cook it, it’s already warm, and is a great alternative to barbecue chicken,” Rosar said.

Who is eligible?

  • Any company, regardless of size, engaged in food and or drink processing in Australia or New Zealand. Companies in the Oceanic region are also welcome to enter.
  • If you manufacture a product that was/will be developed/launched in Australia or New Zealand (or Oceania) between April 2013 and April 2015.
  • Please be aware you cannot enter a product that has previously been a finalist in the Food Magazine Awards.
  • You can enter a product into up to three categories but can enter only two different products in the same category. Each product entry must be on a separate form to be accepted.

For more information or to enter, head to our awards website.

Nominations close 30 April.

 

Food Magazine Awards in focus: Community Engagement

We put another new category for the 2015 Food Magazine Awards under the microscope.

The Community Engagement award aims to recognise a company within the food and beverage manufacturing industry that makes a concerted effort to engage with its local community.

This could be through hosting and/or participating in charity events and/or fundraisers, lobbying for a cause which affects the manufacturers’ local area or conducting research in the area to help the manufacturer deliver products that resonate with the end user.

If you’re a food and beverage manufacturer engaged in food and or drink processing in Australia or New Zealand, we want to hear from you! Companies in the Oceanic region are also welcome to enter.

With time rapidly running out, it’s time to get started!

It’s free to enter, and finalists will receive two free tickets to our gala night, on Friday 7 August, at The Dockside Pavilion.

Nominations close 30 April.

 

Food Magazine Awards in focus: Employer of the Year

This award is for a company that employs and fosters staff that are engaged in strategic goals and company values.

With six sleeps until nominations close, we take a look at one of the new categories this year: Employer of the Year.

The companies entering this category will have prioritised investing in people and initiatives that foster a collaborative culture, harnessing the skills of its team to grow and prosper the company.

The company will have evidence of staff retention, staff satisfaction and/or implemented initiatives aimed at improving/maintaining morale and performance of team members.

This is an opportunity to gain recognition for motivating and rewarding your staff for doing well.

Along with Employer of the Year, we’ve added two more new categories to the awards: Community Engagement and Label Design.

Remember, nominations close 30 April and all entries can be submitted online.

You’ve got to be in it to win it! Nominate now!

 

Food Magazine Awards in focus: Sustainable Manufacturer

Time is running out for your chance to be recognised at the 2015 Food Magazine Awards!

In this preview of the awards, we’re putting the Sustainable Manufacturer category under the microscope.

This category will recognise companies that have made a concerted effort to reduce their environmental impact.

This could be through implementing a new manufacturing process which reduces carbon emissions, introducing staff initiatives to foster sustainability in their work environment, or efforts to reduce the ‘food miles’ of their products.

This category is for manufacturers, not for individual products.

How to enter: jump on our 2015 Food Magazine Awards website, click on the nominations tab and follow the prompts.

Who can enter: any company, regardless of size, engaged in food and or drink processing in Australia or New Zealand. Companies in the Oceanic region are also welcome to enter. The company must manufacture a food or beverage product sold in Australia or New Zealand.

Entry deadline for the 2015 Food Magazine Awards is strictly 30 April 2015.

 

One week left to nominate for the 2015 Food Magazine Awards!

Time is running out to get your entries in for the 2015 Food Magazine Awards, with entries closing on 30 April.

Maybe you launched a new product, have a killer new label or packaging design, or would like to get recognised for your sustainability efforts or community engagement. Perhaps you’d love to claim the title of employer of the year.

Whatever has been keeping you busy in the past 12 months, with 16 categories, there’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved.

This year, we’re taking all our nominations online.

Who is eligible?

Any company, regardless of size, engaged in food and or drink processing in Australia or New Zealand. Companies in the Oceanic region are also welcome to enter.

If you manufacture a food or beverage product that was/will be developed/launched in Australia or New Zealand (or Oceania) between April 2013 and April 2015.

Please be aware you cannot enter a product that has previously been a finalist in the Food Magazine Awards.

You can enter a product into up to three categories but can enter only two different products in the same category. Each product entry must be on a separate form to be accepted.

Categories

  • Beverages
  • Baked Goods
  • Dairy
  • Organics
  • Ready Meals
  • Snack Foods
  • Prepared Foods
  • Food Safety and Innovation in Non-Food
  • Health and Wellness
  • Ingredient Innovation
  • Packaging Design
  • Sustainable Manufacturer
  • Meat and Smallgoods
  • Label Design
  • Community Enagagement
  • Employer of the Year

We've outgrown our venue, so this year's gala night on 7 August will be at a new venue: The Dockside Pavilion.

All finalists will recieve two free tickets to the awards night, but additional tickets can be purchased online.

Don’t leave it to the last minute, get nominating!

 

Nomination deadline extended for the 2015 Food Magazine Awards

Good news for those rushing to get their nominations in, we've extended the deadline for nominations to 30 April, 2015!

We’ve been inundated with inquires for the awards and so we’ve decided to show a little mercy.

The Food Magazine Awards recognise those manufacturers who have led the way in the past 12 months, releasing a new and unique product to market. Through categories including Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year, Community Engagement and Employer of the Year, manufacturers can also be recognised for how they treat not only their customers, but also the wider community and its environment.

Manufacturers who have launched a product in Australia and/or New Zealand between April 2013 and April 2015 are eligible to enter the awards, which will be held in Sydney on 7 August at The Pavillion, Sydney.

Any company, regardless of size, engaged in food and or drink processing in Australia or New Zealand can nominate. Companies in the Oceanic region are also welcome to enter.

This year, we’re taking all nominations online and have launched a website dedicated to the Awards.

If your company has a new product you’d like recognised, or if you’ve had successes in other areas of manufacturing including food safety or sustainability, nominate now.

Remember, entry deadline for the 2015 Food Magazine Awards is strictly 30 April.

 

The countdown is on for the 2015 Food Magazine Awards [VIDEO]

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Now in its 11th year, the Food Magazine Awards have become a pivotal event in the food and beverage industry's calendar; bringing manufacturers, large and small, together to celebrate some of the latest and greatest new product launches.

Nominations are now open across sixteen categories in the awards. For more information and to get your votes in, click here.

 

Entries open for the 2015 Food Magazine Awards

The 2015 Food Magazine Awards are set to be our biggest yet, with the addition of three new categories.

The Food Magazine Awards endeavour to recognise those manufacturers who have led the way in the past 12 months, releasing a new and unique product to market. Through categories including Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year, Community Engagement and Employer of the Year, manufacturers can also be recognised for how they treat not only their customers, but also the wider community and its environment.

This is a great opportunity to have your team’s hard work and innovation recognised by industry peers.

Now in its 11th year, the Food Magazine Awards have become a pivotal event in the food and beverage industry's calendar; bringing manufacturers, large and small, together to celebrate some of the latest and greatest new product launches.

The Food Magazine Awards comprise 16 categories, covering not just new food and beverage launches, but also innovative breakthroughs in the areas of sustainability, labelling, food safety and packaging design. In order to enter a product, it needs to have been launched between April 2013 and April 2015.

This year will see the addition of three new categories: Label Design, Community Engagement and Employer of the Year.

Categories:

  • Beverages: for ready to drink alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Baked Goods: This category is for all products that use a dry heat cooking process, whether sweet or savoury.
  • Dairy: For all products that include cow, milk, buffalo or goat milk as a main element.
  • Organics: For all products that include cow, milk, buffalo or goat milk as a main element.
  • Ready Meals: Meals that are ready to go, and do not require any additional ingredients. Ready meals include all the elements of a meal and require one or less steps for preparation.
  • Snack Foods: Foods which do not constitute an entire meal, and are eaten between main meals. They can be sweet or savoury but do not require significant preparation before consumption.
  • Prepared Foods: Commercially packaged foods that require some additions and can take two or more steps to create a meal. Prepared Foods differ from Ready Meals as they are only components of a meal, rather than an entire meal.
  • Food Safety and Innovation in Non-Food: This product or service needs to be directly applicable to the Australian or New Zealand food and beverage industries and offer a food safety benefit to the food industry. This benefit may be realised through design, improved sanitation or allergen testing.
  • Health and Wellness: These are foods that benefit the health and wellness of consumers, and should have scientific research and reports to back up the claims.
  • Ingredient Innovation: This category is for new developments in ingredients at any level of the process.
  • Packaging Design: This category is to recognise and reward creativity and innovation in food and beverage packaging. Note this category is not appropriate for new/redesigned product labels. These entries are more appropriate for our Label Design category.
  • Sustainable Manufacturer: This category will recognise companies that have made a concerted effort to reduce their environmental impact. This could be through implementing a new manufacturing process which reduces carbon emissions, introducing staff initiatives to foster sustainability in their work environment, or efforts to reduce the ‘food miles’ of their products. Please note that this category is for manufacturers, not for individual products.
  • Meat and Smallgoods: This incorporates all fresh meats and deli meat products. The innovation here could be in regards to how the meat is cooked/prepared by the manufacturer or the end user, or an innovative combination of ingredients or processing techniques.
  • Label Design: This award recognises companies that have invested time and energy into designing a unique and effective label for their food or beverage product/range. The label should be unlike any other on the market and clearly communicate the manufacturer’s philosophy and who its target market is. This category is suitable for brands that have undergone a redesign, or for recently released products.
  • Community Engagement: This award aims to recognise a company within the food and beverage manufacturing industry that makes a concerted effort to engage with its local community. This could be through hosting and/or participating in charity events and/or fundraisers, lobbying for a cause which affects the manufacturers’ local area or conducting research in the area to help the manufacturer deliver products that resonate with the end user.
  • Employer of the Year: This award is for a company that employs and fosters staff that are engaged in strategic goals and company values. The companies entering this category will have prioritised investing in people and initiatives that foster a collaborative culture, harnessing the skills of its team to grow and prosper the company. The company will have evidence of staff retention, staff satisfaction and/or implemented initiatives aimed at improving/maintaining morale and performance of team members.

To nominate, or for more information, check out our awards website.

Nomination deadline is: 1 April, 2015 5pm EST

See the 2014 winners here.

 

VIDEO: 2014 Food Magazine Awards

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The 10th annual Food Magazine Awards was the biggest and best ever, with more than 300 guests helping us celebrate at Sydney's Luna Park.

Click here to view this year's winners.

 

Food Magazine Award winners announced

The 10th annual Food Magazine Awards were held in Sydney recently, with 14 Australian food and beverage manufacturers recognised for their innovative product launches.

Held at Luna Park on 8 August, the awards were established in 2004 to recognise and reward best practice and innovation in food and beverage processing in Australia and New Zealand.

This year saw more than 200 entries across the awards’ 14 categories, which include Beverages, Snack Foods, Confectionery, Packaging Design and Sustainable Manufacturing.

The awards were judged by a panel of nine independent industry members and were presented at Friday night’s gala presentation, where Australian Made’s Ian Harrison attended as guest speaker, and Vince Sorrenti took the reins as MC.

Beverage manufacturer Rebello took out the Beverages category with its Cheeky Rascal Methode Traditionelle cider and was also named Best of the Best after earning the highest score across all of the awards’ categories.

Other winners include:

Dairy
Harry & Larry’s for its Harry’s Ice Cream Co Sticky Date Pudding

Baked Goods
Gluten Free Grain Free for its Whisk and Bowl – Biscuit Mix

Ready Meals
Yummia for its Yummia Bircher Muesli

Confectionery
Morlife for its No Added Sugar Chocolate Goji Berries

Health and Wellness
SPC for its Henry Jones Fruit & Chia Spread

Food Safety and Innovation in Non-Food
Deb Australia for its OxyBac

Organics
The Right Food Group for its Ozganics Salsas

Meat and Smallgoods
Primo for its Primo Hot Roast

Snack Foods
Soma Organics for its Soma Bites

Sustainable Manufacturing
Décor Corporation for its Décor Tellfresh

Prepared Foods
Della Rosa Fresh Foods Group for its Stone Baked Gourmet Pizzas

Packaging Design
Edlyn Foods for its Condiments in Pouches

Ingredient Innovation
Co Yo for its Coconut Milk Yoghurt Alternative – Natural

The 2014 Food Magazine Awards were proudly brought to you by Platinum sponsor Heat and Control. Other sponsors include Flavour Makers, HACCP Australia, Kerry, Newly Weds Foods, Tronics, APPMA, DTS Food Laboratories, Matthews, Nu-Tek Salt Australasia, Mackies and Earlee Products.

 

VIDEO: Countdown to the Food Magazine Awards

Now that the finalists have officially been announced, the countdown is on for the 10th annual Food Magazine Awards.

Taking place on 8 August at Sydney’s Luna Park, the awards night will see the industry’s best of the best unite for the crowning of winners across the awards’ 14 categories.

The night will be kicked off with a Product Showcase, where attendees can see and taste some of the finalist products, before dinner kicks off and the big announcements are made.

Learn more about our much loved awards program by viewing the video below.

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Food Mag Awards finalists revealed

It was an almost impossible task, but we've sorted through a record number of entries and can now officially announce the 2014 Food Magazine Awards finalists.

What a way to celebrate 10 years. This year's Food Magazine Awards have generated a huge amount of interest, with nearly 200 entries across the 14 categories. Yes, a lot of you left it to the very last minute and the Food magazine team’s inbox was absolutely inundated with nominations coming in at the eleventh hour, but it was worth the over-time; it's great to see the industry is alive and well and continuing to innovate despite the tough times many of you have endured over the past couple of years.

We’re very pleased to announce the finalists for this year's Food Magazine Awards, and we look forward to catching up with you all at the awards night, held at Luna Park in Sydney on 8 August.

As one of the most highly anticipated nights in the industry's calendar, this year's event will not disappoint. We will once again kick off the night with the Product Showcase, where finalists have the opportunity to spruik their wares and demonstrate why they're worthy of their seat at the awards presentation.

The Product Showcase also gives guests the change to catch up with fellow industry folk, because chances are you haven't seen each other since this time last year!

After sampling some of the finalists' treats and no doubt enjoying a champagne or two, we'll then head into the Ballroom where dinner will be served. 

The guest speaker this year will be Ian Harrison, chief executive of the Australian Made campaign, who will no doubt have some sage advice for attendees. What better place for Harrison to sing the praises of Australia's manufacturing industry and reinforce the importance of marketing your country of origin than in a room full of some of the sector's most passionate advocates? I'm sure he'll love hearing all about how busy you've been this year!

Once we've heard from Ian, the feast will begin and we'll head straight into the most exciting part of the evening – the crowning of the 2014 Food Magazine Award winners.

The dance floor will then open up and the real partying will get underway. And if last year was anything to go by, the rest of the night will be a memorable mix of celebrating and socialising. 

The Food magazine team would like to take this opportunity to thank our judging panel, a number of whom have contributed to the Food Magazine Awards for many years. Having said that, this year we had two new recruits: Brownyn Powell, marketing and innovation director at SPC, and Jodie Goldsworthy, founder of Beechworth Honey. Thank you all for your time; it's great to have such experienced, knowledgeable professionals supporting the awards program and giving the judging process the authority and respect it deserves.

Of course, we’d also like to thank the sponsors for this year's event. Without your backing the Awards would not be possible. This year’s sponsors are Heat & Control (Platinum Sponsor), Kerry, HACCP Australia, Newly Weds, Tronics, Nu-Tek Salt, the APPMA, Matthews, Flavour Makers, Mackies, Earlee Products and DTS Food Laboratories.

Good luck to all of our finalists, and we look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

 

Finalists for 2014

BAKED GOODS

Banquet spinach & tomato quiche by Australian Wholefoods

Choc Cherry Bite by Bite Size Coffee Treats’

Mini Melting Moments by Charlie’s Cookies

Della Rosa Stone Baked Gourmet Pizzas by Della Rosa Fresh Foods Group

Raspberry & Maple Nut Nograin-ola by Pure Delish 

Whisk & Bowl – Biscuit Mix by Gluten Free Grain Free co.

BEVERAGES

Endless Cider by Cellar d'or

Artisan Reserve Pilsner by Coopers Brewery

Koala Karma by Koala Karma

Trumpeters Alcoholic Ice Tea by N & C Beverages

Cheeky Rascal Methode Traditionelle Cider by Rebello

Teza Iced Teas by Teza

CONFECTIONERY

Dark Chocolate Almond Cluster by Bite Size Coffee Treats

It's The Duck's Nuts by Duck Creek Macadamias

Raw Dessert range by Eat Fit Food

No Added Sugar Chocolate Goji Berries by Morlife 

Raw Chocolate Truffles by Raw Coast

Caramel range by Caramelicious

DAIRY

Sticky Date Pudding by Harry's Ice Cream Co

Wasabi Horseradish Butter by Hells Breath

Red Velvet Mud'n Mousse Dessert by OMG! Fantastic Foods

Twisted Frozen Yoghurt by Twisted Yoghurt 

Yummia Bircher Muesli by Yummia

FOOD SAFETY AND INNOVATION

Brand M8 by Cosmos 21+

OxyBac by Deb Australia

Flowfresh Antimicrobial PU by Flowcrete Australia

ICS449 Checkweigher by Mettler Toledo

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Kez's Free Gluten Free Low in Fructose Cereal BY Kez's Kitchen

Breakfast in a Bag by Monster Health Food Co.

Gluten Free Muesli Tropical Digest by Morlife

Superfood Bars by Simply Raw

Henry Jones Fruit & Chia by SPC Ardmona

Tee's Superfood Bars by Teehay

INGREDIENT INNOVATION

CO YO Coconut Milk Yoghurt Alternative by CO YO Corporate

Gianduja by Kitchen Angel

OmegaMayo by Nature’s Blend

Organic Noodle Kitchen Instant Noodles by The Right Food Group

Alpine Coconut by UphamGo Australia

MEAT AND SMALLGOODS

La Macelleria Pulled Pork and Beef by Creative Food Solutions

KRC Early Settler Ham by DON Smallgoods

55% Reduced Fat Salami by Hans Smallgoods

Chicken Liver Pate by Poach Pear

Primo Hot Roast by Primo Smallgoods

SunPork Shredded Meats by Sunpork Fresh Foods

ORGANICS

Culinary Argan Oil by Argan Life

Forbidden Black Rice by Forbidden Foods

Organic Noodle Kitchen Instant Noodles by The Right Food Group

Ozganics Salsas (Mild and Medium) by The Right Food Group

Soma Bites by Soma Organics

PACKAGING DESIGN

The 4-Can Holder by Australian Brewery

Clever Cooks Pasta Box by Australian Wholefoods

Mini Melting Moments by Charlie's Cookies

Condiments in Pouches by Edlyn Foods

SpiceVine Marinades by SpiceVine

Yousli by Yousli

PREPARED FOODS

Anathoth Farm Jam by Barker Fruit Processors

Stone Baked Gourmet Pizzas by Della Rosa Fresh Foods Group

Hans Pulled Meats range by Hans Smallgoods

Pasta di Mandorla by Kitchen Angel        

Spicy Pumpkin Quinoa Risotto by Morlife

Ozganics Pasta Sauces by The Right Food Group

READY MEALS

La Macelleria by Creative Food Solutions

Gluten Free Muesli Tropical Digest by Morlife

Simmer Sauce Kit by Spicevine

Smooth Puree Meal Items by Textured Concept Foods

Bircher Muesli by Yummia

SNACK FOOD

Full Belly Bites by Full Belly Bites

Special K Cracker Crisps by Kellogg Australia

Kez's Free Gluten Free Florentine Bars by Kez's Kitchen

Carawmel Slice by Rawsome

Soma Bites by Soma Organics

Bourbon and Bacon Popcorn by The Wondersnack Co.

SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING

The Pale Ale by Australian Brewery

Gen 3 Crate by CHEP

Décor Tellfresh by The Décor Corporation           

Lyndon Grove Fruit Juice Concentrates by Edlyn Foods

Condiments in pouches by Edlyn Foods

 

Entries for Food Magazine Awards close today

Entries to the 10th annual Food Magazine Awards are officially closing today, so if you’ve got a new food or beverage product now’s the time to tell us about it.

Originally due to close on 1 April, the nominations deadline was extended until 29 April (COB) and since then we’ve received a huge amount of interest across the awards’ 14 categories, which include Snack Foods, Health and Wellness, Packaging Design, Sustainable Manufacturing, Dairy and Food Safety and Innovation in Non-Food.

The Food Magazine Awards recognise innovation in the food and beverage manufacturing industry, and products launched between March 2012 and March 2014 are eligible to enter.

The finalists will be announced in Food Magazine’s June/July issue and also on our website in early June. The winners will be announced at our gala awards night on 8 August at Sydney’s Luna Park.

Click here to see last year’s winners, and here to access more information, including the information and nomination kits for this year’s awards program.

 

Nomination deadline extended for Food Magazine Awards

Food Magazine has listened to your calls for mercy, extending the deadline for nominations into the 10th annual Food Magazine Awards to 29 April, 2014.

The annual Food Magazine Awards recognise thought-leadership and innovation in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. Manufacturers who have launched a product in Australia and/or New Zealand between March 2012 and March 2014 are eligible to enter the awards, which will be held in Sydney on 8 August.

The awards, now in their 10th year, are judged on the use of innovative ingredients, processing techniques, packaging and/or sustainability features by a panel of respected industry professionals, including new judges for 2014, SPC marketing and innovation director, Bronwyn Powell, and director of Beechworth Honey, Jodie Goldsworthy.

With entries now strictly closing on 29 April, there are 13 categories to consider:
• Beverages
• Dairy
• Confectionery
• Ready Meals
• Baked Goods
• Snack Foods
• Packaging Design
• Sustainable Manufacturing
• Food-safety and Innovation in Non-Food
• Health and Wellness
• Organics
• Prepared Foods
• Ingredients Innovation
• Meat and Smallgoods

A Best of the Best will also be named on the night.

Ian Harrison, chief executive of the Australian Made campaign, has been confirmed as the guest speaker for this year’s awards, and the event will also comprise a Product Showcase, where finalists will be able to show off the product(s) they’ve submitted.

Information and nomination kits can be downloaded here.

Click here to view the winners from the 2013 Food Magazine Awards.

 

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