Simplot Australia has received the 2018 Foodbank Award in recognition of its contribution to tackling food insecurity in Australia.
Presented annually, the award is given to a company for showing vision, innovation and leadership in working with Foodbank.
“We ask a lot of our food and grocery partners because there is much to do if we’re to eliminate hunger in Australia and we cannot achieve anything without them,” Foodbank Australia CEO Brianna Casey said.
“I’m grateful to say that, unfailingly, they answer our call and make their crucial contribution with commitment and passion. It’s important to stop and reflect on what we accomplished together and celebrate the outstanding individual contributions that make such a difference.”
Simplot Australia has been a partner in the world-leading Collaborative Supply Program for six years. Last year saw the milestone of one million jars of Simplot’s Leggo’s Pasta Sauce donated to Foodbank reached.
“The program has achieved sustainability because of Simplot’s willingness to encourage the other companies involved in its supply chain,” Ms Casey said.
“The production of Leggo’s Pasta Sauce involves 12 suppliers, the largest number of partners in any collaborative supply program. Eight of these support the program by donating their contributions. In addition to Simplot, this comprises Kagome, Ingredion, Invicta, Sunshine Sugar [Manildra Group], Amcor, Mathews and Cheetham Salt with additional funding from the Flight Centre Foundation.”
The 2018 Foodbank Award was presented during the ‘Celebrating the Industry’ dinner at the Food & Grocery Australia conference held by the Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC) in Melbourne last week.