Nominations open for Food & Beverage Industry Awards 2020

The food and beverage industry is stepping up to the challenge ahead, and once again food manufacturers are showing their leadership as food supply chains are stretched due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than ever, we feel it is important to recognise the efforts of these essential manufacturing operations.

The 2020 Food & Beverage Industry Awards, sponsored by Heat and Contol, will run as a print and digital product, highlighting outstanding manufacturers, as well as their products and achievements.

Winners will be announced in the Food & Beverage Industry News newsletter and magazine.

Nominations are open until Friday 10 July 2020.

Nominate now in one of the following categories:

  • Export Product of the Year
  • Start-Up of the Year
  • Innovative Technology Award
  • Safety Solution of the Year
  • Convenience Product of the Year
  • Retail Product of the Year
  • Foodservice Product of the Year
  • Locally Sourced Award
  • Food & Beverage Executive of the Year

All food and beverage product finalists will automatically become eligible for the coveted Best of the Best award.

We’re looking forward to celebrating Australian and New Zealand manufacturing excellence, and seeing everyone in 2021 for an even bigger and better Awards night when we can come together to celebrate as an industry again.

For more information visit:
www.foodmagazineawards.com.au

Food & Beverage Industry Awards – Packaging Innovation 

Do you have a unique packaging solution for perishable foods?

You’re invited to nominate now for Packaging Innovation in the Food & Beverage Industry Awards. The Awards are seeking innovative packaging solutions that ensure longevity, improve transit, benefit the environment and/or keep costs low for manufacturers.

Want to be a part of the premier Food and Beverage awards night of the year?

The Food and Beverage Industry Awards will return for its 16th year this July. To continue celebrating those companies and individuals who go above and beyond in the food and beverage manufacturing sector, join us for a gala dinner awards night to be held in Sydney.

WHEN: Thursday, 18 July 2019
WHERE: Doltone House Darling Island, Sydney
TIME: 6:30 pm

Click here to purchase tickets.

 

Food & Beverage Industry Awards – Food Safety Equipment & Materials 

Have you developed a new technology or product to increase food safety?

You’re invited to nominate now for the Food Safety Equipment & Materials Award in the Food & Beverage Industry Awards. The Awards are seeking new products or advancements in technology designed to improve and maintain food safety standards in manufacturing facilities.

 

Food & Beverage Industry Awards – Best in Design

Have you implemented a new and innovative design method?

You’re invited to nominate now for Best in Design in the Food & Beverage Industry Awards. The Awards are seeking manufacturers that have implemented integrated designs and builds that include automation, benefit the environment, and reduce costs.

 

Health and gluten-free products top products of the year

More than 14,000 Australian consumers have voted for their favourite products of the year, with a number of new categories that recognise innovations in healthy and gluten-free product lines.

Ten wins out of a total of 50 went to new products offering healthy and allergy-free alternatives to everyday food and beverage items.

On November 15, the Product of the Year 2019 winners were announced at Quay Restaurant in Sydney.

One category that has become more and more popular amongst consumers is gluten-free, with two categories being created this year for general and kid friendly specific products.

READ: Emulsion stabiliser remains a lucrative asset in beverage market

Product of the Year director, Sarah Connelly said she is thrilled at the increase in innovative healthy-option products that are being made available on shelf and being entered into the awards.

“It’s a trend that we’ve not seen much of before in the history of the awards and it signals increasing consumer demand for manufacturers to innovate in these areas.

“These options are becoming far more mainstream and more affordable than they have ever been before,” she said.

“A category that we have seen consistent growth in each year is ‘convenience foods’ but this year we are seeing more vegetarian easy-option foods, which simply haven’t been available before.

“It’s wonderful to see these dietary requirements being met by brands, showcasing their leadership in this space,” said Connelly.

Now in its tenth year in Australia, Product of the Year has announced its 2019 winners, with Coles scooping 11 awards, Metcash scoring 10 and ALDI winning nine awards.

New to the awards this year, Mars Foods were awarded three wins, as were fellow newcomers Freedom Foods, with two wins under their belt.

In its biggest year yet, the awards recognise product innovation and span across a wide range of categories including skincare and beauty, home cooking and pantry, snacks and entertaining, healthy options and gluten free, and everyday staples.

The Nielsen research that determines the winners involves evaluating consumer response using the six key principles derived from their learnings about successful innovation:

  1. Relevance – Is the product fulfilling a need or addressing a problem?
  2. Uniqueness – Does is stand out and bring something new to the category?
  3. Excitement – Does it excite them? Would they spread the word?
  4. Likeability – Does it deliver what you want?
  5. Value Perception – Do you think it provides value for money?
  6. Purchase Intent – How likely are you to buy this product (again)

The index that determines a product’s final score is its overall performance across these six KPIs which is then weighted based on derived importance of this key criteria.

The highest index score in the category is the winner.

 

Sponsorship opportunities available for Food and Beverage Industry Awards

Companies wanting to grow their business while supporting a well-established awards program have the chance to take part in the 2019 Food and Beverage Industry Awards.

The awards celebrated 15 years in 2018, with more than 200 people from companies such as PepsiCo, COYO yoghurt, and packaging solutions company HMPS attending an awards ceremony in Sydney.

Next year’s celebrations will also take place in Sydney, in July.

The categories for 2019 include:
Beverage of the Year
Paddock to Plate
Ingredient Innovation
Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods
Health Foods
Packaging Innovation
Best in Design
Innovative Technology of the Year
Food Safety Equipment and Materials
Best of the Best – Awarded to the product that stands out in a crowd of products and services that make it as a finalist in one of the above categories.

Flavour Makers is already on board as a platinum sponsor – supporting the Best of the Best award.

The company offers a complete end-to-end food development and manufacturing solution by bringing strategic insight, culinary expertise, and innovative manufacturing technologies to the table of every partnership.

Flavour Makers’ product development cycle delivers a comprehensive ‘idea to shelf’ solution for customers seeking complete product development.

Rockwell Automation is sponsoring Beverage of the Year, which celebrates companies that have developed an ingredient innovation to fulfil a market need, as well as recognising any obstacles that have been overcome to introduce the beverage to the market.

Rockwell Automation helps revolutionise the way food and beverage manufacturers operate, by providing accessibility to relevant, real-time information.

Information-enabled manufacturing allows manufacturers to improve yield, drive productivity, mitigate security risks and optimise resource management.

Total Construction is sponsoring the Food Safety Equipment and Materials award, which celebrates new products and advancements in technology designed to improve and maintain food safety standards in manufacturing facilities.

Total Construction specialises in design and construction projects throughout Australia.

The company has a diverse range of skills across construction and engineering, which allows it to help deliver on companies’ needs from concept to completion.

Sponsorship allows companies to align their brands with innovation and excellence across the food and beverage manufacturing sector.

Companies wanting to be a part of the prestigious awards program should get in quick to ensure maximum promotion in the lead up to the awards.

For more information on becoming a sponsor you can email Food and Beverage Industry News’ business development manager Sonia Bonner at Sonia.bonner@primecreative.com.au or call her on 02 9439 7227.

Nominations for Food and Beverage Industry Awards open

Nominations for the 16th Food and Beverage Industry Awards are open for 2019.

From November 7, you can submit your favourite food and beverage companies and services that bring the wow factor to the industry.

With 2018’s event showcasing some of Australia and New Zealand’s latest and greatest innovations, the number of applications in each category is expected to ramp up next year.

This year, finalists, winners and sponsors displayed their products and services on the big screen at an awards night at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, with some companies offering attendees a chance to taste their new wares on the evening.

READ: Insights from the Food and Beverage Industry Awards winners

More than 200 people came together for a night of delicious food, celebrations and music.

The 2019 awards evening is set to be another thriving event that will bring industry professionals together.

All companies working in the food and beverage sector can enter a variety of categories celebrating the equipment, technology and innovative ideas behind new products and services.

From automation and data management systems that help businesses create thousands of consistently great products, to packaging solutions, to companies that are taking centre stage on an international market – the categories aim to highlight all aspects of the industry.

Nominated companies should be able to show how they stand out against the rest with the best processing and manufacturing methods, food safety standards, and technology that has helped grow their products or services into a ‘must-have’ item in the food and beverage industry. 

The categories for 2019 include:
Beverage of the Year
Paddock to Plate
Ingredient Innovation
Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods
Health Foods
Packaging Innovation
Best in Design
Innovative Technology of the Year
Food Safety Equipment and Materials
Best of the Best – Awarded to the product that stands out in a crowd of products and services that make it as a finalist in one of the above categories

It is free to submit a nomination, and a company can be nominated in up to three separate categories.

To nominate a company that you think should be recognised for their dedication to the industry, please click here. 

Next year’s awards evening will be held in July, in Sydney.

 

Food and Beverage Industry awards to be held in Sydney in 2019

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

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

The location is yet to be disclosed, but the July event is set to be bigger than ever.

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

READ: Winners of the Food and Beverage Industry Awards announced

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

Sponsors help the premier awards program recognise the successes and innovations of the industry.

Rockwell Automation, Total Construction and Flavour Makers are currently on board to sponsor the 2019 show.

In 2018, Flavour Makers sponsored the prestigious Best of the Best award, which had all finalists vying for the top award.

Flavour Makers offers a complete end-to-end food development and manufacturing solution, bringing strategic insight, culinary expertise, and innovative manufacturing technologies to the table.

The company’s product development cycle delivers a comprehensive solution for customers seeking complete product development.

Total Construction has an in-house team of designers, draftsmen and process engineers who prepare industry-specific feasibility studies, cost plans, detail design drawings and construct for food and beverage companies.

The team has worked on ready meals facilities, dairy production lines, bakery facilities, waste treatment facilities, abattoirs and boning rooms.

Rockwell Automation helps food and beverage manufacturers develop a more agile response to changing consumer tastes.

The company revolutionises the way food and beverage manufacturers operate, by providing accessibility to relevant, real-time information.

Sponsors are getting on board quick as the next awards evening approaches in just 10 months’ time.

To get exposure for your company by being a sponsor, contact Sonia Bonner at Sonia.bonner@primecreative.com.au.

 

 

 

 

Winners of the Food and Beverage Industry Awards announced

Drinks manufacturer Utonic took out the Best of the Best award at the Food and Beverage Industry Awards.

The company was among dozens celebrating the success of finalists and winners at the event at Dockside, Cockle Bay wharf in Sydney on the 16th of August.

All finalists were in the running for the Best of the Best awards – Utonic won for its drinks, which are designed to heal the body with anti-oxidant ingredients such as blueberries, pomegranate and sour cherries.

Anti-inflammatory ingredients in the drinks, such as turmeric and ginger, also provide anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea functions.

READ: Food and Beverage Awards Industry finalists announced

Utonic was formed in 2016 with the aim of developing a natural beverage range that helps transform the way people feel.

It offers a range of scientifically blended beverages produced from 100 per cent natural real foods, targeted nutrients and no preservatives.

Utonic also won Beverage of the Year for its Utonic Repair drink. This category was sponsored by VEGA Australia.

Winners of Best of the Best – Utonic

The Ingredient Innovation section was won by Botanical Innovations, which produces apple cider vinegar powder.

Ingredient Innovation – Botanical Innovations

Food Safety Equipment and Materials, sponsored by COG Advertising, was awarded to CCP Technologies Ltd for CCP Network Australia.

Food Safety Equipment and Materials – CCP Technologies

Packaging Innovation, sponsored by Jet Technologies, was awarded to Result Group for its work on Grape N’Go.

Packaging Innovation – Result Group

Innovative Technology of the Year, sponsored by NHP, was awarded to HMPS, for its work on the HMPS8000 robotic flat bread packer.

Innovative Technology of the Year – HMPS

Health Foods, sponsored by JCurve Solutions, was awarded to COYO for its coconut yoghurt kids pouches.

Health Foods – COYO

Best in Design, sponsored by Wiley, was awarded to Oji Fibre Solutions for the Yatala Packaging Plant.

Best in Design – Oji Fibre Solutions

Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods was awarded to Sunshine Meats, for its smoked duck breast.

Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods – Sunshine Meats

Paddock to Plate, sponsored by Manark Printing, was awarded to Australian Primary Hemp, which makes hemp seeds, hemp oil, hemp balance and hemp boost.

Paddock to Plate – Australian Primary Hemp

Fifteenth Food and Beverage Industry awards night sells out

The Food and Beverage Industry awards will roll into its fifteenth year with a full house.

The sell-out event features companies from across Australia and New Zealand that have a focus on health, safety and trends that continue to make the industry thrive.

The event will be at the at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, in Sydney. It celebrates the success of dozens of companies that have made it as finalists this year.

Event-goers will be able to sink their teeth into an evening of food, drinks and festivities on the 16th of August.

READ: Food and Beverage Awards Industry finalists announced

The awards program recognises successful and innovative people in the industry.

The categories are:
Health Foods – Sponsored by JCurve Solutions
Beverage of the Year – Sponsored by Vega Australia
Packaging Innovation – Sponsored by Jet Technologies
Innovative Technology of the Year – Sponsored by NHP
Best in Design – Sponsored by Wiley
Paddock to Plate – Manark Printing
Food Safety Equipment and Materials – COG Advertising
Ingredient Innovation
Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods

As well as the chance to win in their category, finalists are also automatically entered for the ‘Best of the Best’ award, sponsored by Flavour Makers.

If you missed out on getting your ticket to the Awards, please contact the Event Organisers: 03 9690 8766 or event.organiser@primecreative.com.au.

 

Food and Beverage Awards Industry finalists announced

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

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

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

Beverage of the Year – Sponsored by VEGA Australia

UTONIC – UTONIC Repair

The Good Seed Kefir – Kefir Soda, fermented beverage

Chai Addict – Chai Addict and Chai Harder

Emma and Tom’s – Colour Cleanse Purple Recovery

PepsiCo ANZ – Pepsi Max Vanilla

Ingredient Innovation

Raglan Coconut Yoghurt – Coconut yoghurt range

Fermentanicals – Organic sprouted grain line

Golden Grind – Golden Grind full range

Botanical Innovations – Apple cider vinegar

Chr. Hansen – SafePro

Morlife – Hemp falafel mix

Food Safety Equipment and Materials

Mitrefinch Australia – Time and attendance access and fatigue management

SICK – Bottle cap detection

ACO – Hygienic drainage systems

CCP Technologies – CCP Network Australia

Packaging Innovation – Sponsored by Jet Technologies

Result Group – Grape n’ Go

PakWorld – Pic’s Peanut Butter Slugs

The Low Carb Living Group – Protein Bread Co baking mixes

Chai Addict – Chai Addict and Chai Harder

Innovative Technology of the Year – Sponsored by NHP

Mitrefinch Australia – Mobile time and attendance live reporting

Aerofloat – DAF and MBBR

Automaint Solutions – HSC Lidding Attachment

HMPS – HMPS8000 Robotic Flat Bread Packer

JCurve Solutions – JCurve ERP

SICK – Bottle cap detection

Health Foods – Sponsored by JCurve Solutions

Well and Good – Hamburger buns

Nuts By Nature Mylk – Almond Mylk base

Extraordinary Foods – Pure kale chips

The Low Carb Living Group – Plant based range

COYO – COYO kids’ pouches

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

Best in Design – Sponsored by Wiley

The Low Carb Living Group

Monash university – Incubation facility

Victorian Government and La Trobe University – AgriBio

Oji Fibre Solutions – Yatala packaging plant

Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods

Country Cooked Meats – The Standard Meat Co char siu pork

Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm – The Bare Bird

The Original Lamb Bacon Co. – Lamb bacon

Sunshine Meats – Smoked duck breast

Paddock to Plate

Prestige Foods Manufacturing – Chickpeas

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

The Original Lamb Bacon Co. – Lamb bacon

Fonterra – Anmum QR code

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

Emma & Tom’s – growing with JCurve ERP

Founded in 2004, Emma & Tom’s makes a range of whole fruit products, including juices, snack bars and iced teas containing fruit, seeds and nuts. The business philosophy of “Look After Yourself” runs deep and is reflected by its minimally processed, all-natural ingredients with natural vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Headquartered in Melbourne, the business has four distribution centres located in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Emma & Tom’s distributes its products to over 5,000 stockists nationally including cafes, delicatessens and supermarkets.

The business had outgrown its accounting software and was struggling with a high volume of transactions and an inadequate inventory management system. At the same time, cloud technology had been gaining momentum. ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software solutions were becoming more readily available thanks to the increasing popularity of cloud-based delivery. With ambitions of one day taking Emma & Tom’s international, the business needed an integrated business solution that was not only effective and scalable, but also featured high volume accounting capability, multi-site inventory management, customer management, as well as integrated purchasing and invoicing.

“We needed a solution that would streamline and optimise our operations, allow our workforce to be more flexible, scale as the company grew and offered cloud-based cost benefits by eliminating the need for servers and updates,” explained Emma Welsh, co-founder of Emma & Tom’s.

An all-in-one cloud solution
Emma & Tom’s explored JCurve ERP, a small business offering that had enterprise roots. The software provides affordable access to NetSuite, a globally renowned cloud ERP software suite. It delivers the core functionality of NetSuite at a low cost-of-entry edition. It was a perfect solution, being an all-in-one cloud product that allowed entire businesses to run their core operations from a single platform. Businesses starting with JCurve ERP gained the unique flexibility to transition seamlessly to NetSuite editions for larger businesses as they continued to grow.

The decision to implement JCurve ERP proved to be extremely positive for Emma & Tom’s. The software’s industry-specific business processes for food and beverage manufacturers and wholesalers supported the operations and helped promote faster growth.

The power to manage multiple inventory locations and stock lines through JCurve ERP’s unified solution empowered strong growth for Emma & Tom’s after implementation in 2013. “It’s given us the ability to handle more products and orders – and the complexities associated with this. Dealing in fresh foods requires zero lag in operations and JCurve ERP meets this requirement perfectly,” noted Welsh.

Working with JCurve Solutions’ team of experienced implementation consultants to deploy the system into their workplace, Welsh elected for a forward-thinking approach. “We decided to bring over only essential historical data, a decision which gave us the ability to more clearly focus on future growth,” she said.

It was a decision that freed the business up to focus on the future and set up the inventory management, production management, planning, payroll and accounting functions of the system for their next phase of growth. “We know there are still more features in the platform to take advantage of, and we’re working closely with JCurve Solutions to enhance them specifically for our needs. JCurve Solutions’ commitment to our unique business has been really great,” added Welsh.

Since implementing the software, Emma & Tom’s has been able to handle more products and has extended its range. They now employ over 60 staff and have expanded operations into China. The company’s vision of taking the brand international has become a reality, and having the right technology and experience to support it, provides a solid base for continued growth.

JCurve Solutions is proudly sponsoring the “Health Foods” category at the upcoming Food & Beverage Industry Awards.

Food & Beverage Industry Awards 2016 – Finalists announced

The finalists in the Food & Beverage Industry Awards 2016, which take place in Sydney on September 23, have been announced.

Now in their twelfth year, the Awards (formerly known as the Food Awards) have become a key event on the industry’s calendar. They celebrate the food manufacturing industry’s many and diverse successes stories and provide tomorrow’s industry leaders with role models.

This year we’ve tweaked the award categories slightly to better reflect the place of the industry in 2016.

As always, thank you to our sponsors – without you, these Awards would not be possible. Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, Flavour Makers, and sponsors Newly Weds, HACCP, B.-d. Farm Paris Creek, Mintel, Kimberly-Clark and SMC for your continued support of the food and beverage manufacturing industry.

WHEN: Friday 23 September, 2016
WHERE: Rydges World Square, Sydney
TIME: 6:30pm (for a 7:00pm start)
TICKETS: WWW.FOODMAGAZINEAWARDS.COM.AU

The finalists are as follows:

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2015 Food Magazine Awards blow guests out of the water

Last Friday night at a gala event held on a water-borne platform at Sydney’s iconic Darling Harbour known as the Dockside Pavilion, the 2015 Food Magazine Awards not only showcased the very best in Australian food manufacturing products, they also exhibited the vibrancy of a sector is that is moving ahead in leaps and bounds in terms of innovation and exports.

With 300 guests representing a number of food making sectors, companies and regions and organised by the publisher of Food magazine, Cirrus Media, the awards actually surprised many of the guests with the innovation that was on show.

The MCs for the night, the Chaser Boys entertained well into the night and by all accounts, the sponsors and guests were thrilled at the nights’ winners.

In fact, according to many in the audience, the night was an experience well worth remembering. 

Anni Brownjohn – President – The Right Food Group and Chair – National Organic Standards Board of Australia, said: “Thank you for once again taking the lead by providing the platform for the Australian food industry to recognise and congratulate the best in the business.”

Anna Meiler Mintel’s Account Director – ANZ- said: “I just wanted to drop a quick note to day that the Food Magazine Awards last Friday were fantastic! It was so well organized, everything was just perfect, from the location, drinks, food, the Chaser (please book them every year) and the band.”
 
“I loved the fact that the exhibitors were all fairly start-up and not too established (interesting new ingredients and concepts) and the same for the awards.”

However, the most important part of the night was the announcement of the winners of the various categories, which were:

1.    Inside Out Nutritious Goods for their Unsweetened Almond Milk  (Beverages)

2.    five:am for their Organic Cacao Yoghurt (Dairy)

3.    Baked Goods award is La Tortilleria for their Corn Tortillas (Baked Goods)

4.    Della Rosa Fresh Foods Group for their Santino Ultra Premium Stone baked Pizza Range  (Ready Meals)
5.    Morlife for their Dark Chocolate 5 Berry Mix (Labels)
6.    Kez's Kitchen for their Kez's Free & Naked Choc Mud Bars (Health and Wellness)
7.    Coolsan Australia for ChillSafe (Food Safety and Innovation in non-food Award)
8.    Bake Mixes for their Chewy Cacao-Chip Muesli Bars Mix (Organics Award is)
9.    Woolworths for their Created with Jamie Beef Meatballs & Wagyu Chorizo (Meat and Smallgoods Award)
10.    NOSHU Foods for their NOSHU Guilt Free Donuts (Snack Foods Award)
11.    B.-d. Farm Paris Creek (Sustainable Manufacturer Award is)
12.    Passage Foods for their Street Kitchen – Rogan Josh – Scratch Kit (Prepared Foods Award)
13.    Kelly Cube for their Kelly Cube Wholefood Meal Kit (Packaging Design Award)
14.    Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices for their Revolutionary System of Herbs & Spices (Ingredient Innovation Award)
15.     “Heilala Vanilla (Community Engagement Award)
16.    Thank You Group (Employer of the Year Award)

The Best of the Best Award went to Kelly Cube, whose entry was described as “a scrumptious and nutritious ready to cook restaurant quality meal with a simple and fun recipe in a box, totally sustainable packaging and a concept that supports local farmers and growers. All they needed to add was free tickets to the footy finals and 12 months’ worth of video games in the back of a Ute and the world’s 3+ billion men would be instant customers. This is forward thinking combined with healthy eating with a dash of positive community engagement all rolled into one economically fat stroke of genius. This is what Australia’s food industry should be all about. “

So another year has passed and another Food Awards has rewarded a number of Australian companies for their skill and expertise in the field of food making.

Well done to all the winners, sponsors, guests and everyone else involved and we hope see you all next year!