Manufacturers urged to join South Australian Food and Beverage Awards

Catherine Sayer, CEO, Food South Australia. Image credit: Food South Australia

The South Australian Government is calling for entries from outstanding food and beverage manufacturers and industry service providers for the 2023 Food and Beverage Industry Awards hosted by Food South Australia in partnership with the Department for Trade and Investment.   

The 2023 awards, presented annually and formally introduced by the Clare Scriven MLC on behalf of the Premier of South Australia, seek to recognise leadership, vision, and innovation throughout the state’s food and beverage sector.  

Food South Australia CEO Catherine Sayer said the awards will place special emphasis on sustainable practices, as well as on mental health and wellbeing at work and general business performance. 

She added that this year’s awards are anticipated to be “the biggest and best yet” due to the astounding amount of entrants and businesses recognised in 2022.

“The Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards are our industry’s most sought-after awards, and an opportunity for both established and emerging brands and businesses to be recognised for their success,” Sayer noted.

The Food South Australia CEO pointed out the event’s distinctiveness as it allows all entrants – not just those who win – to connect with the broader industry, gain experience, and build a profile.

The awards program offers a variety of incentives to entrants, including the Retail Ready Program, which is sponsored by Foodland and provides essential retail support and ties with Foodland Supermarkets. 

“We urge new businesses, past entrants, finalists and past winners to enter again and be part of this incredible awards program,” Sayer said.

The state government, according to Premier Peter Malinauskas, is proud to partner with Food South Australia once again to present the 2023 Awards.

 “These awards are recognised as a benchmark for excellence and best practice in the food and beverage industry, providing valuable input from industry experts while fostering connections and growing business capabilities,” the premier said. 

Malinauskas also encouraged food and beverage businesses across South Australia to take part in this year’s program and make the most of the benefits that entering the awards provides.

The 2023 program has 15 categories, including the prized Consumer Award, which is selected by popular vote.  

To determine the winners last year, a record-breaking number of a little over 10,000 votes were cast.  

Other categories include Leader, Sustainability, Innovation, Export, and New Product honours, as well as Hall of Fame inductees.  

All category winners will be announced at a special gala event to be held on 10 November.