Food SA will stage the next two years of the South Australian Food Industry Awards. Previously managed by PIRSA, the Awards have celebrated the achievements of the local food sector for the past fourteen years, recognising and rewarding industry leaders and companies.
Stephan Knoll, Deputy Chair of Food SA said Food SA is extremely pleased to stage the Awards in partnership with Government who have agreed to support the Awards until 2013, through Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).
Since its inception in 1998, attendance at the Awards gala dinner has grown from 200 to more than 600 guests and is a key event in our State’s food calendar, he said.
Food SA continues to go from strength to strength, since we launched in 2010 our association has grown strongly. We now have in excess of 170 members and have developed and implemented a number of innovative programs to support the development of the food industry in South Australia.
Food SA boasts significant member services in market and capability development, including overseas offices in Japan and China, as well as a plethora of food networks, with a healthy membership of local businesses that is still increasing.
Stephan Knoll said Food SA is delighted to host the 2012 SA Food Industry Awards, which is open to all food businesses across the State.
This decision for Food SA to take over the running of the SA Food Industry Awards is further recognition the food industry in this State is evolving to take more responsibility for its own development. The Awards have been run very successfully for many years and we are looking forward to building on that success and recognising leaders in our industry, Mr Knoll said.
Stephan has thanked PIRSA for its long and successful association with the Awards program, and said he looks forward to continue working with PIRSA who are supporting the event as a sponsor.
It makes sense for industry to be responsibile for the awards as industry is the key beneficiary, and together with PIRSA support we look forward to enhancing our relationship with the food sector through this event,” he said.
Food SA already has plans to enhance the Award categories, make applying easier and ensuring all applicants receive recognition for the efforts to enter, while still ensuring the prestige and quality you have come to expect continues for the next two years. The Awards will be officially launched in May.
With industry and government working together, the SA food industry is currently on track at an estimated $13.7 billion to meet South Australia’s Strategic Plan target to grow the contribution made by the SA food industry to $20 billion (revenue) by 2020, but we want to do more.