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Toasting Vegemite’s success

Vegemite, manufactured by South Melbourne-based Kraft Foods Australia/New Zealand, has won the inaugural 2009 Agriculture & Food “From Paddock to Plate” Banksia Award, sponsored by the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC).

Speaking at the recent Banksia Foundation Awards, AFGC Chief Executive, Kate Carnell, congratulated the Australian food manufacturer on its dedication to reducing the environmental impact of Australia’s iconic spread.

“Kraft Foods Australia has shown an exceptional commitment to sustainable practices with its hero brand Vegemite — which is known and enjoyed by all Australians,” said Ms Carnell, who presented the award to Kraft Foods Australia/New Zealand.

As Australia’s leading environmental awards, the Banksia Awards recognise outstanding environmental achievements by businesses, government and individuals. In 2009, several new Category Awards have been added including the Agriculture & Food “From Paddock to Plate” section.

Kraft Foods Australia/New Zealand won the prestigious award for its “Giving Vegemite a Sustainable Future” entry, which highlighted a range of innovative re-developments of the Vegemite manufacturing process at its Port Melbourne facility, which included the following projections for the end-of-2009: Reduced waste water by more than 65 per cent Reduced energy consumption by more than 52 per cent Environmental savings of over $1 million.

Kraft Foods Australia/New Zealand spokesman, Simon Talbot, said the organisation recognised that it has only commenced its mission of improving the sustainable production of all Kraft Foods brands.

“While we are delighted to be recognised for our commitment to sustainable production, we very much recognise that we have only started our environmental journey. Moving forward we look forward to continuing to build on our current sustainability performance and improving the manufacturing process of Vegemite and all Kraft Foods brands,” Mr Talbot said.

Ms Carnell said Australian food and grocery manufacturers continued to explore efficiencies with lower energy use and sustainable packaging options being adopted across the board.

The Small and Medium Enterprises Sustainability Award was won by Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses which also went on to claim the Origin Gold Banksia Award at The Banksia Environmental Foundation awards.

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