Food Mag Awards finalists revealed

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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