Thursday, May 30, 2024

SA launches awards program

The 2024 South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards program has been officially launched at the South Australian Food, Bev & Tech Trade Show at the Adelaide Showgrounds, revealing a program of recognition across the entire food value chain.

Proudly hosted and managed by Food South Australia (Food SA), the annual awards program has been instrumental in celebrating excellence in South Australia’s food and beverage manufacturing industry for over 25 years.

This year’s program encourages participation from all contributors to the South Australian food and beverage industry and reflects the topics of greatest importance and concern faced by businesses today, including mental health and wellbeing, as well as ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance).

Reflecting industry change

Ray Borda, Food SA Chair, highlighted the value of aligning this prestigious awards program to changing industry conditions and priorities.

“We are committed to creating practical and actionable opportunities for industry-wide growth and development, while also celebrating excellence, quality and innovation,” he said.

The 18 award categories for 2024 feature new additions which include the Business Improvement Award, sponsored by Visy, the Industrial Foodservice Award, sponsored by Mitani Group, and the Agritourism Award, sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission.

Also, the addition of the EatDrink Local SA Award, sponsored by MBL, will celebrate the foodservice businesses that support and serve local food and beverages on their menus.

The Foodland Supermarkets Consumer Choice Award, renamed in line with its popularity, will once again be decided by public vote.

Valuable experience

Supported by the Government of South Australia through the Department for Trade and Investment, South Australian Premier, Peter Malinauskas, has emphasised the significance of these awards as a benchmark for excellence and best practice in the state’s food and beverage industry.

“I strongly encourage businesses and individuals from all regions to participate in this year’s program and make the most of the incredible benefits that entering the awards provides,” he said.

Claude Cicchiello, Managing Director of La Casa Del Formaggio and 2023 Hall of Fame Inductee and 2022 award winner, shared the positive impact of being recognised through the awards program.

“It acknowledged the hard work and dedication of our team, provided a great boost to our brand awareness, not only in South Australia but Australia-wide, and was highly valued by our retail and foodservice partners,” he said.

“Simply entering the awards was an invaluable process – it helped us reflect as a team on what we do, why we do it, where we have been and where we are going.”

Entries

Entries for the 2024 South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards are now open and close on Monday, 15 July, providing a longer entry period compared to previous years.

Award categories include:

Open Business Award Categories

  • Agritourism Award, sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission
  • Business Improvement Award, sponsored by Visy
  • Education & Training Award, sponsored by The University of Adelaide
  • Emerging Business Award, sponsored by La Casa Del Formaggio
  • Export Award, sponsored by the Department for Trade and Investment
  • Industrial Foodservice Award, sponsored by Mitani Group
  • Innovation Award, sponsored by Food Processing Equipment
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation
  • New Product Award, sponsored by Foodland Supermarkets
  • Primary Producer Award, sponsored by Thomas Foods International
  • Service Provider Award, sponsored by Madderns
  • Sustainability and Waste Management Award, sponsored by Peats Soil & Garden Supplies

Open Individual Award Categories

  • Leader Award, sponsored by Bickford’s Group
  • Next Generation Award, sponsored by Macro Group Australia

Public Voted Award

  • Consumer Choice Award, sponsored by Foodland Supermarkets

Industry Nominated and Judges Awards

  • Hall of Fame Award, sponsored by San Remo
  • EatDrink Local SA Award, sponsored by MBL
  • Food South Australia Judges Award for Business Excellence

To view all 2024 award categories or to start an entry, visit safoodbevawards.com.au.

Winners will be revealed on Friday 22 November at the annual Awards Gala Dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the largest gathering on the state’s food and beverage industry calendar, and the only event of its kind in Australia.

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