Entry deadline looms for the 2012 SA Food Industry Awards

South Australia’s food producers and manufacturers are encouraged to enter the 2012 South Australian Food Industry Awards before the entry deadline on Wednesday, July 18.

Hosted by Food SA, the annual awards recognise outstanding achievement in the South Australian food industry and reward businesses and individuals that have demonstrated vision, leadership and excellence in their field.

All South Australian food manufacturers and producers are encouraged to enter for the opportunity to showcase their success, benchmark their business and boost their profile.

Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, October 3 and winners will be awarded at the 2012 Food Industry Awards Gala Dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday, November 16.

Robern Menz Chief Executive Officer, Mr Phil Sims, said there were many benefits for manufacturers and producers who entered the South Australian Food Industry Awards.

We have been entering the awards since 2006 and won a total of four awards in a number of categories, Mr Sims said.

We have found that attending the Gala Dinner and winning an award is a huge thrill and rewards our staff for the great work they do.

The written component of the award entry process has also become an effective self-analysis tool that we can use to benchmark our company against the rest of the industry and identify areas for further improvement.

Furthermore, obtaining feedback from judges who are highly respected in the industry during the onsite judging process provides us with a valuable learning tool each year.

Food SA Chief Executive Officer, Ms Catherine Barnett, said all businesses and individuals who entered the 2012 South Australian Food Industry Awards would receive additional benefits – just for entering.

Food SA has strong partnerships with over 20 service providers in a variety of areas including business strategy and planning, finance, law, food technology, labelling and safety, branding and design, microbiology, marketing, media, nutrition, photography, refrigeration and sustainability, Ms Barnett said.

Each entrant into the Awards will receive the benefit of two hours of mentoring and coaching with one of these participating service providers of their choice and free of charge. This is a unique opportunity for companies to get a real benefit for their business.

Small and large sized businesses are catered for this year with categories split for the first time into two levels based on size, so there is a level playing field for all who enter. The whole process has changed and we encourage those who have entered in the past as well as new entrants to be part of the awards.

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Award categories
    Open Awards (up to 15 FTE staff OR over 15 FTEs)

  • Business Excellence Award, sponsored by Show Society Foundation
  • Export Award, sponsored by Visy
  • Innovation in Business Award, sponsored by Food Processing Equipment
  • Innovation in Food Award, sponsored by the South Australian Research & Development Institute
  • New Product Award, sponsored by Foodland SA
  • Primary Producer Award, sponsored by Thomas Foods International
  • Service Provider Award, sponsored by Moore Stephens South Australia
  • Sustainability Award, sponsored by Peats Soil and Garden Supplies

  • Individual Awards

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

  • Industry Awards

  • Hall of Fame Award, sponsored by San Remo
  • Duncan MacGillivray Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by Primary Industries and Regions South Australia
  • Education Award, sponsored by The University of Adelaide
  • Regional Award, sponsored by Primary Industries and Regions South Australia

  • The Consumer Award, sponsored by Statewide Super
Norman Waterhouse