2021 winners announced at South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards

The South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards saw entries up by 50% this year, a huge vote for the Consumer Award and record attendance at the Awards Gala Dinner, where the 2021 winners have been revealed.

The 2021 roll call of winners spans smaller and new enterprises through to household names and highlights the industry’s responsiveness to global consumer trends, says Food South Australia CEO Catherine Sayer.

“The South Australian food and beverage industry is renowned for passion and persistence. The 2021 winners are examples of how this pays off for forward-focused businesses who are determined to ‘turn the page’ on the disruptions of the last 18 months.”

Food South Australia hosts the awards, which are presented each year with funding support through the State Government and include a full year’s program of activities to support the development of industry capability and best practice, while a total of 29 experienced industry professionals participate in the independent judging panels for the award categories.

The 2021 Awards theme of ‘Turning the Page’ has resonated with both industry and the State Government. Premier Steven Marshall says the Government’s long association with these awards recognises the importance of the food and beverage industry to the South Australian economy.

“There are exciting chapters still to be written by the winning businesses and the State Government is proud to partner with Food South Australia to present these awards each year,” the Premier said.

“The record levels of engagement with this year’s awards is a sign of just how determined and resourceful these businesses are in the face of challenges such as Covid-19. I congratulate all the winners on their achievements,” he said.

The program has also been expanded this year to provide even more benefits to those businesses who participate.

“We recognise that businesses invest time in the process of entering the awards and that the program has to deliver benefits that support industry-wide growth,” Ms Sayer said. “This year’s entrants, finalists and winners have also had the opportunity to engage with a comprehensive program designed to develop retail readiness through a partnership with Foodland Supermarkets,” she said.

2021 has also seen the introduction of a new Consumer Award Legend, with Golden North Ice Cream completing its hat trick of winning the award three times. South Australia’s favourite ice cream now joins Robern Menz in the exclusive Consumer Award Legend club.

2021 winners

Business Award categories:

Business Excellence Award, sponsored by Visy

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Ashton Valley Fresh

Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Robern Menz

Emerging Business Award, sponsored by the Department for Trade and Investment

Good Country Hemp

Export Award, sponsored by the Department for Trade and Investment

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Never Never Distilling Co

Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Bickford’s Group

Innovation in Business Award, sponsored by the Department for Trade and Investment

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: KIN Premium Australian Seafood

Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Zerella Fresh

Innovation in Food or Beverage Award, sponsored by Food Processing Equipment

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Ashton Valley Fresh

Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Slape and Sons

New Product Award, sponsored by Foodland Supermarkets

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: mumamoo

Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: VOK Beverages

Primary Producer Award, sponsored by Thomas Foods International

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: KIN Premium Australian Seafood

Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Yumbah Aquaculture

Sustainability Award, sponsored by Peats Soil & Garden Supplies

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Dinko Tuna

Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Ceravolo Orchards

Service Provider Award, sponsored by Mitani Group

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers’ Market

Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Madderns Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

Individual Award categories:

Leader Award, sponsored by Bickford’s Group

Winner – Claude Cicchiello, La Casa Del Formaggio

Next Generation Award, sponsored by Macro Group Australia

Winner – Renee Pye, Zerella Fresh

Industry nominated awards:

Education and Training Award, sponsored by the University of Adelaide

Winner – Costa Citrus

Hall of Fame, sponsored by San Remo

The 2021 inductee into the Hall of Fame is Macro Group Australia

Consumer Award sponsored by Foodland Supermarkets

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Continental Taralli Biscuits

Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEsand Consumer Award Legend: Golden North Ice Cream.

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