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Sydney embraces the return of Fine Food Australia

Making its home among the memories of champions at Olympic Park, Fine Food Australia returned to Sydney on September 20-23 for its 31st year and an Olympic-sized celebration of the food industry.

Welcoming thousands of visitors through the doors every day, the four-day event held at the Sydney Showgrounds cemented its reputation as the most relevant and practical event for the industry.

Fine Food Australia is the country’s largest and most relevant food and hospitality event, showcasing everything from specialty and bulk foods, beverages, cooking and hospitality equipment and machinery to bakery products, coffee and emerging food trends. The business benefits of attending include one-on-one sessions with industry leaders, educational master classes, demonstrations and competitions throughout, as well as the opportunity to build relationships, drive business and be inspired about the industry.

Ms Constan says, “The presence of regional and international exhibitors continued to grow this year, and exhibitors in the health food sector also increased, as did exhibitors with a sustainability focus to their business. This is a great reflection of the continued trends in these areas, and Fine Food Australia strives to remain at the forefront of bringing such trends to the industry in a useable and useful format.”

Highlights of the 2015 event include several new aspects, such as the finals of NestlĂ© Golden Chefs Hat, and the Fonterra Foodservice Battle of the Pacific, plus much-loved show favourites The Official Great Aussie Pie Comp, Pizza Revolution’s pizza acrobatics, and the Women in Foodservice Charity Event. Innovation in products and equipment was also the order of the day, and more new products than ever were entered into this year’s Best New Product Awards.

2016 will see Fine Food Australia return to Melbourne next September.

Best new products

Ms Constan hosted the Best New Product Awards 2015 ceremony and said, “2015 has once again proved to be an exciting and challenging year for our industry. We constantly need to reinvent ourselves and evolve in line with consumer demand and industry trends, and the new product awards is a great opportunity to recognise those businesses who are doing just that. It’s also a great way to celebrate everything that is great about the business we are in.”

Winners of the Best New Product Awards 2015 are:

Best New Foodservice Product
Winner: Milklab by Freedom Foods.
Finalist: LFD – 100% Liquid Food Digester by Wrightway Products.
Finalist: plate2farm tracker by Kialla Pure Foods.

Best New Bakery Product
Winner: Pastry Press by W&P Reedy.
Finalist: Eco Parchment Baking Trays by Confoil Containers.
Finalist: Traditional Christmas Figgy Pudding by Our Festive Puds.

Best New Retail Product
Winner: Old Fashioned Lemonade Soda Syrup by The Soda Press Co.
Finalist: Hot Sauces by Culley’s.
Finalist: Goat Masala by India’s Best.

Australian Made Award
Winner: Coffee Machine Technologies by Viper.
Finalist: Preparation Board by Preparation Board.
Finalist: plate2farm tracker by Kialla Pure Foods.

Best New Hospitality Equipment Product
Winner: Winterhalter PT Climate Plus by Winterhalter.
Finalist: WMF Espresso by Australian Beverage Corporation.
Finalist: Wireless Temperature Loggers by OnSolution.

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