A record 44 businesses are finalists in the 2012 SA Food Industry Awards, with winners to be revealed at a Gala Dinner on 16 November featuring local premium food and wine.
Finalists (see full list attached) were announced last night at a VIP food industry event held at CIBO Espresso in Burnside Village, organised by event managers Food SA.
This year‟s finalists range from well-known brands including Beerenberg, Robern Menz, Bickford‟s and Golden North, to niche producers such as Pangkarra Foods from Clare and the Barossa Valley Cheese Company.
Overall, 11 finalists are first-time applicants including the Australian Carob Company (Mid North), Enzo‟s at Home and Gawler-based mettwurst manufacturers, Wintulichs.
Food SA Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Barnett, said more smaller, regional-based businesses are involved in the 2012 Awards thanks to the addition of a new PIRSA Regional Award.
The addition of the new PIRSA Regional Award has encouraged more applications from regional South Australian businesses,she said.
This Award, supported by PIRSA, recognises a regional food producer or manufacturer that has contributed to their regional community, and sets a benchmark for excellence.
Entry to this Award is via the Advantage SA Regional Awards Food category. Each winner, to be announced throughout October, will become a finalist in the South Australian Food Industry Awards.
This strongly aligns with the State Government‟s renewed focus on regional food and wine tourism, through the Premium food and wine from our clean environment initiative.
The Food Awards continue to acknowledge excellence in South Australia‟s food industry, which is worth almost $14 billion to the State‟s economy.
The finalists are in the running for seven Award categories including: leadership, best practice, innovation, product, regional, sustainability and workforce development.
Tickets for the black tie Awards Presentation Gala Dinner, to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, are available now online for $165 each or $1600 for a table of 10.
Visit the SA Food Industry Awards website for more, or connect with the Awards on social media – Facebook and Twitter
Bickford’s Australia Leader Award
- Franz Knoll is Managing Director of Barossa Fine Foods – Australia‟s most awarded Smallgoods Company.
- Kris Lloyd is CEO and Head Cheesemaker of Woodside Cheese Wrights and volunteers her time to the education and development of the artisan cheesemaking industry in SA.
- Roberto Cardone is founder and Director of CIBO Espresso Australia and currently a board member of the Restaurant and Catering Association.
Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society Best Practice Award
≤ 10 FTE
- Barossa Valley Cheese Company (Barossa Valley) opened its doors in Angaston in 2003 and produces 4800 litres of milk into 16 styles of award-winning cheeses.
- Enzos at Home (Adelaide) specialise in take home meals which embrace the ideals of traditional home cooking.
- Fleurieu Milk and Yoghurt Company (Fleurieu Peninsula) produces the best milk from the best dairy area in the country, producing around 60,000 litres of milk per week.
- Gelista Premium Gelati (Adelaide) is a manufacturer and wholesaler of premium quality gelati, using natural and local ingredients with over 25 flavours.
- Kytons Bakery Australia (Adelaide) is famous for fundraising, and wholesale supplying lamingtons, gourmet puddings, nut slices and hot cross buns.
- Pangkarra Foods from the Clare Valley is family owned and operated and produces a range of premium stone milled wholegrain pastas and flour.
> 10 FTE
- AgriExchange is a Riverland based production, packing and marketing company, accounting for around 48% of the South Australian citrus crop and 10% of Australian production.
- Almondco Australia (Murray/Riverland) is an almond marketer and processor, representing 40% of Australia‟s almond crop and 80% of Australia‟s almond growers.
- Barossa Fine Foods (Barossa Valley) is an integrated wholesale/retail meat and smallgoods manufacturing family business – operating nine retail outlets and distributing Australia-wide.
- Bickford’s Australia (Adelaide) is steeped in history, currently producing more than 16 brands and 150 individual products and exports worldwide to New Zealand, South East Asia and the United Arab Emirates.
- LifeStyle Bakery (Adelaide) is a leading manufacturer of health and dietary bread and other related goods, using functional and innovative ingredients to ensure healthy products.
- Robern Menz (Adelaide) is one of South Australia‟s most experienced, innovative food manufacturers, and passionate custodians of iconic brands including Menz Crown Mints and FruChocs.
SARDI Innovation Award
≤ 10 FTE
- Harris Smokehouse (Adelaide Hills) is a fourth generation, family-owned and operated, smokehouse sourcing the highest quality, raw seafood, using traditional curing methods to create their products.
- The Australian Carob Co (Yorke and Mid-North) is the largest Carob orchard in Australia with 6000 trees and prides itself on producing products of superior quality.
> 10 FTE
- AgriExchange (Riverland/Murray) introduced a first for Australian citrus, introducing Near Infrared (NIR) Technology, to monitor and measure thye internal product quality of fruit, providing a pivotal competitive advantage.
- Almondco Australia’s (Riverland/Murray) innovative Almondco Quality System starts with the growers and continues through their state-of-the-art processing facility, ending with the customer.
- Kinkawooka Shellfish (Eyre Peninsula) is a vertically integrated mussel farming, processing and marketing business, and pioneer of „pot ready‟ and „petit bouchot‟ grade mussels.
- Mexican Express (Adelaide) is a recognised pioneer of liquid cheese, dairy and tomato based sauces, and the only company in the Southern Hemisphere to own an innovative Shaka Retort.
Foodland SA Product Award
≤ 10 FTE
- Barossa Valley Cheese Company (Barossa Valley) manufacturers‟ haloumi that is unique with characteristics including lower salt levels, as well as being slightly softer and less rubbery than traditional haloumi.
- Enzo’s at Home (Adelaide) offers a new range of gluten-free breads including the „Multi-Seed Loaf‟ which is freshly made, using a combination of flours exempt from wheat, hand produced, baked and sliced.
- Gelista Premium Gelati (Adelaide) 125 millilitre product range in four flavours is great tasting and a healthier dairy alternative in the snack food market segment.
- Pangkarra Foods (Clare Valley) wholegrain pasta range comes in seven shapes, dry form, and is made from 100% durum wheat, grown on the farm, using environmental sustainable farming practices.
> 10 FTE
- Golden North (Yorke and Mid-North) Swing is a frozen flavoured milk product in chocolate and strawberry and has been reinvented, now packaged in a tube.
- Huon Aquaculture Group (Adelaide Hills) Reserve Selection products are all meticulously produced by hand and packaged to world leading standards using only „the best of the best salmon.
- Sunfresh Salads (Adelaide) new Sunfresh Ready Noodle and Pasta Pots are targeting the emerging grab and go lunch-time shopper; the products are convenient and offer a healthy alternative.
PIRSA Regional Award
The PIRSA Regional Award aims to recognise a regional food company (producing or manufacturing) that has contributed to their regional community and sets a benchmark for excellence. Entry to this award is through the Advantage SA Regional Awards Food category, with each regional food winner to become a finalist in the South Australian Food Industry Awards. The regional food winners will be announced at the Advantage SA presentation functions occurring across the State throughout October.
Peats Soil and Garden Supplies Sustainability Award
≤ 10 FTE
- Fleurieu Milk and Yoghurt Company (Fleurieu Peninsula) began to sustain their local dairy farming community, following years of low milk prices, debt and drought.
- Savannah Lamb (Yorke and Mid-North) is designed for maximum sustainability, delivering long-term improvement of the land resource and community, based on a local first philosophy.
> 10 FTE
- Adelaide Mushrooms (Adelaide) high tech plant in Monarto produces 120,000 kilograms per week and is leading the way in environmental standards in the mushroom industry.
- Bickford’s Australia (Adelaide) environmental initiatives include signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant and utilising Sustainability Packaging Guidelines across key areas.
- Robern Menz (Adelaide) supports more than 220 community groups; invest significantly in environmental sustainability practices and use Certified Sustainable Palm Oil.
Food and Beverage Development Fund Workforce Development Award
> 10 FTE
- Barossa Fine Foods (Barossa Valley) employ 135 people and aim to raise industry standards through training and empowering staff.
- Beerenberg (Adelaide Hills) employ 65 employees; their training and development strategy aims to have 100% of the production workforce attain a formal qualification and skills to enable growth and succession planning.
- Wintulichs (Barossa Valley) help their staff improve their skills and knowledge in all facets of production, to improve customer relations, and the efficient running of the company.