South Australia’s food industry reaches new heights at Awards night

The state’s leading food businesses were announced at last night’s South Australian Food Industry Awards Program Gala Dinner at Adelaide Convention Centre.

615 guests joined host Food South Australia and major sponsor, Primary Industries and Regions South Australia.

It was a triumphant night which celebrated a number of leaders who have been trailblazers in their field, said Catherine Barnett, Chief Executive Officer of Food South Australia.

“Almondco Australia was inducted into the San Remo Hall of Fame, to celebrate their success as one of the leading horticultural co-operatives in the nation,” said Catherine.

Ian Young, from MexEx was awarded the Duncan MacGillivray Entrepreneurs Award supported by Primary Industries and Regions South Australia for his vision and commitment, and leading the Australian food manufacturing business and pioneering the dairy industry.

Anthony Paech, from Beerenberg Farm was awarded the Bickford’s Australia Leader Award for his commitment to a sustainable, profitable future for all those involved in the South Australian food industry.

“This year also saw another record broken – the highest number of applications in the 18 years of the Awards Program.”

“It’s brilliant to see how our industry continues to grow into the future – and last night a number of first time applicants took home Awards; SOME Foods, Podpac and Goolwa PipiCo.

“Our food industry, much like the theme of this year’s Awards is reaching new heights with the industry worth $15.3 billion to the local economy and growing significantly each year,” said Catherine.

“South Australia boasts some of the finest seafood and horticulture in the world, so it was fitting to reward the South Australian Prawn Co-operative, Rainbow Fresh and Sunfresh Salads.”

Other Award winners included; B.-d. Farm Paris Creek, Bickford’s Australia, La Casa Del Formaggio, Ceravolo Orchards and Savannah Farm, while Robern Menz took home the Tasting Australia Consumer Award for the second time.

Winners

San Remo Hall of Fame winner

Almondco Australia – is one of the most successful horticultural co-operatives in the nation, and globally recognised for supplying premium quality almond products since 1944. More than 100 almond products are produced at their almond-exclusive processing facility in Renmark, South Australia from over 85% of Australia’s almond growers. Almondco Australia sort their natural kernels to some of the highest specifications in the world and their reputation for blanched meal and cuts is second to none among Australia’s leading pastry chefs.

Bickford’s Australia Leader Award winner

Anthony Paech – Managing Director, Beerenberg Farm; Chair Food South Australia; and Board Member, Australian Food and Grocery Council. Anthony believes in a sustainable, profitable future for all those involved in the South Australian food industry, and an ongoing voice for food within South Australia and Australia through Food South Australia, and the State’s food recognised as having a premium edge over other food manufacturing states and countries.

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Industry Skills Development Recognition Award winner

AgriExchange – this Riverland based citrus production company approaches skills development by continually communicating, integrating, measuring and improving. AgriExchange believe in hiring for character and training for skills.

Duncan MacGillivray Entrepreneurs Award supported by Primary Industries and Regions of South Australia winner

Ian Young, Managing Director of MexEx – Starting from his popular Cha Chi’s Restaurant to MexEx, Ian Young currently heads an industry leading Australian food manufacturing business, pioneering the way for UHT liquid cheese, dairy and tomato based sauces. Always a man with vision and commitment, Ian’s commissioning of a fully integrated aseptic processing system, means South Australian food producers can access lucrative export markets for preservative free dairy products in stable, shelf-friendly packaging.

Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Education Foundation Best Practice Award winner

Sunfresh Salads – offering a variety of fresh and nutritious salad products, available in pre-packaged bowls, bulk kits and salad pots.

Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Education Foundation Business Development Award winner

Rainbow Fresh – primary producers on the Adelaide Plains specialising in gourmet lettuces, salads and herbs.

South Australian Research and Development Institute Innovation Award winners

Greater than 15 full time equivalent employees

La Casa Del Formaggio – fresh cheese manufacturer, that has established an innovative direct-from-farm milk supply relationship.

Less than 15 full time equivalent employees

Podpac – changing the way Nespresso machines are used globally, with 15 new products, 10 of which are world first innovations.

Thomas Foods International Primary Producer Award winners

Greater than 15 full time equivalent employees

Ceravolo Orchards – a family owned Adelaide Hills orchard producing apples, pears and cherries.

Less than 15 full time equivalent employees

Savannah Farm – lamb and chicken producer using holistic planned grazing, pasture cropping and sustainable practices.

Department of State Development Export Award winners

Greater than 15 full time equivalent employees

B.-d. Farm Paris Creek – a fully certified biodynamic-organic business producing a wide range of premium dairy-products for export.

Less than 15 full time equivalent employees

South Australian Prawn Co-operative – premium prawn producers from the Spencer Gulf, targeting the niche high-end European market.

Peats Soil and Garden Supplies Sustainability Award winners

Greater than 15 full time equivalent employees

Ceravolo Orchards – family owned Adelaide Hills orchard that has installed a water filtration system, and energy efficiency systems to reduce their fruit waste.

Less than 15 full time equivalent employees

Goolwa PipiCo – premium pipi producer that utilises optimum biological and economic considerations to deliver the highest returns for their annual allowable catch.

Foodland SA New Product Award winners

Greater than 15 full time equivalent employees

Bickford’s Australia – premium beverage producers that have developed their Chiah range of three ‘functional’, beverages that contain only premium fruit juice, hydrated chia seeds, natural flavours, natural colours.

Less than 15 full time equivalent employees

SOME Foods – the only low FODMAP dedicated brand in South Australia for Irritable Bowel Syndrome which has introduced their new Northern Indian Butter Chicken cooking sauce.

Primary Industries and Regions of South Australia Regional Award winner

Fleurieu Milk Company – family owned dairy processor based in the Fleurieu Peninsula region and offering “real milk, how it used to taste.”

Tasting Australia Consumer Award winner

Robern Menz – for over 150 years, makers of fine confectionery including FruChocs, South Australia’s most iconic confectionery product with great statewide coverage and brand recognition.

Posted in News15
Download a copy of the 2017 South Australian Food Industry Awards Program Application booklet.

Award categories
  • San Remo Hall of Fame
  • Bickford’s Australia Leader Award
  • Industry Skills Development Recognition Award
  • Primary Industries and Regions South Australia Duncan Macgillivray Entrepreneur Award
  • Primary Industries and Regions South Australia Regional Award
  • Statewide Super Consumer Award
  • Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Education Foundation of South Australia Business Excellence Award
  • Visy Export Award
  • South Australian Research & Development Institute Innovation – Food Award
  • Food Processing Equipment Innovation – Business Award
  • Foodland SA New Product Award
  • Peats Soil and Garden Supplies Sustainability Award
  • Thomas Foods International Primary Producer Award
  • Moore Stephens Service Provider Award
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