2019 WINNERS

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL 2019 WINNERS

BEST OF THE BEST
Proudly sponsored by Platinum Sponsor Flavour Makers, the Best of the Best Award recognises excellence in food and beverage manufacturing, celebrating the best product of the year. All finalists are automatic entrants for the Best of the Best Award.

STOCK PROCESSING SYSTEM, INOX AUSTRALIA
INOX Australia supplied a Melbourne based company in 2019 with a beef, chicken, seafood and vegetable stock processing system that provided their customer with increased yield, improved processing time (from 12 hours down to two hours) and included a heat recovery system to provide heated water for the fully automated clean in place system that cleans the processing system to ready it for the next batch. The system was designed in conjunction with the customer from its initial feasibility study, through the process design, design of the equipment and installation and commissioning of the entire process.
BEVERAGE OF THE YEAR
Open to all beverage manufacturers, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, this Award recognises the best new beverage and looks at unique processing techniques, innovation in packaging and why the product was introduced to the market.

AQUABOTANICAL, AQUA BOTANICAL BEVERAGES
Aqua Botanical’s globally patented Botanical Water Technology (BWT) converts the aqueous liquid (waste) from fruit and vegetable concentrate and sugar-milling into clean, green and safe drinking water. AquaBotanical is sustainable and renewable in that it is made from waste product that would otherwise be discarded with environmental detriment. AquaBotanical water is of greater density and therefore likely to keep you hydrated for a longer period of time. AquaBotanical also contains 74 naturally occurring plant minerals, meaning that one bottle of AquaBotanical contains your daily Magnesium requirements – in addition to containing high levels of Iron, Zinc, Potassium and Calcium.
INGREDIENT INNOVATION
This Award celebrates those companies who have developed an ingredient innovation to fulfil a market need, as well as recognising any obstacles that have been overcome to introduce this innovation to the market.

WATERMELON SEED BUTTER, LORI’S WHOLESOME PANTRY
Lori’s Organic Watermelon Seed Butter is a healthy alternative to a chocolate spread. It is similar to a nut butter but made out of seeds instead of nuts with a subtle chocolate flavour. It contains sprouted watermelon seeds, tiger nuts, pepitas and sunflower seeds. They are roasted and then blended with coconut oil, coconut sugar and cacao.
FOOD SAFETY EQUIPMENT & MATERIALS
Of crucial importance to all food and beverage manufacturers, this category celebrates new products and advancements in technology designed to improve and maintain food safety standards in manufacturing facilities around Australia.

KLARION EGS6020, SPRAYING SYSTEMS CO.
Spraying Systems have patented a revolutionary technology called Klarion. It is a machine that uses Electrolytic Process principles to produce eco-friendly cleaning and sanitising solutions on-site and on-demand. By utilising an electrical current, the positive and negatively charged ions can be separated out of a sodium chloride salt solution. The ions are pulled through ion-exchanged membranes to generate a Cleaner (NaOH) and a Sanitiser (HOCl). The Cleaner can effectively dissolve grease, oil, fat and proteins, while the Sanitiser can oxidise outer layers of bacteria and fungi, killing them in seconds – guaranteeing safe, clean and disinfected equipment and facilities.
PACKAGING INNOVATION
This category recognises an outstanding packaging solution that helps to ensure longevity, improves transit, benefits the environment and/or keeps costs low for manufacturers.

CERTIFIED HOME COMPOSTABLE PAPER AND FILM BARRIER DUPLEX AND TRIPLEX LAMINATED FILM POUCH,
PA PACKAGING SOLUTIONS

PA Packaging Solutions’ certified home compostable paper and film barrier duplex and triplex laminated film pouch is guaranteed to break down in a home compost bin within 26 weeks. The pouch has been rigorously tested to meet the criteria for home composting and eco-toxicity. The pouch is suitable for dry goods up to 1kg in weight that require high barrier against oxygen and moisture, and it also has a natural barrier to aroma, oils (including mineral oils) and grease. The pouches are compatible with most types of packaging machinery, and shelf-life testing has shown that the pouches allow for equivalent, if not better barrier and shelf life retentions for many food products.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR
This Award recognises products and technologies designed to help make food and beverage manufacturing more efficient and cost effective, as well as those that make improvements to the whole supply chain.

STOCK PROCESSING SYSTEM, INOX AUSTRALIA
INOX Australia supplied a Melbourne based company in 2019 with a beef, chicken, seafood and vegetable stock processing system that provided their customer with increased yield, improved processing time (from 12 hours down to two hours) and included a heat recovery system to provide heated water for the fully automated clean in place system that cleans the processing system to ready it for the next batch. The system was designed in conjunction with the customer from its initial feasibility study, through the process design, design of the equipment and installation and commissioning of the entire process.
HEALTH FOODS
This Award celebrates new health foods. The product could be manufactured in a new way to preserve nutritional content or be processed to provide consumers with an easier way to meet their nutritional or dietary needs.

COLLAGEN BEAUTY BARS, NUTRA ORGANICS
Nutra Organics Collagen Beauty Bars are specifically formulated as a healthy beauty snack, so customers can eat their way to healthy skin, hair and nails. In every Collagen Beauty Bar, there is 4000mg of collagen including 1 serve of Verisol® Bioactive Collagen Peptides – clinically proven peptides that specifically target collagen production in skin. Collagen Beauty Bars are also the first Nutra Organics product to move into 100 per cent home compostable packaging – the wrappers are completely plant-based, predominantly made from sustainably harvested eucalyptus trees.
BEST IN DESIGN
This category celebrates a manufacturer that has implemented an integrated design and build that includes automation and has an environmental benefit, and has resulted in a direct reduction of running costs for the manufacturer.

MOKAI, MIRAKA
Miraka’s Mokai facility has the power and capacity to process more than 250 million litres of milk into powders and UHT products every year. The facility also uses sustainable and renewable geothermal energy. Miraka have also implemented state-of-the-art manufacturing processes – using Rockwell Automation’s Pavilion8® model predictive control (MPC) software platform, they have been able to optimise their milk evaporation process.
MEAT, POULTRY & SMALLGOODS
This category recognises an outstanding meat product and looks at unique processing techniques, innovation in packaging and why the product was introduced to the market.

SLOW COOKED VEAL OSSO BUCCO WITH TOMATO RED WINE SAUCE, NCMC FOODS
Three River Farms Slow Cooked Veal Osso Bucco with Tomato Red Wine Sauce is a new-to-market innovation sold exclusively in selected Woolworths stores. Made with premium Aussie veal shanks, they are portion cut and slow cooked in a rich red wine sauce. This is vacuum sealed and packaged in a gloss cardboard retail box, ideal for shelf life preservation. They are a convenient meal, and perfect for two.
PADDOCK TO PLATE
This Award celebrates companies who source their product direct from the producer and maintain freshness while meeting a consumer demand, such as longer shelf life and/or ease of preparation and cooking.

100% ORGANIC AUSTRALIAN SOUPS, AUSTRALIAN ORGANIC FOOD CO
Australian Organic Food Co’s range of ready-to-eat soups are made from ingredients sourced entirely from Australian organic farms, farmed by Australians and processed by Australians using sustainable methods. The vegetables used in the soup are harvested and processed in season at just the right time. Once the vegetables are harvested and processed they are delivered to a state-of-the-art Braeside production facility where they are held in chilled storage before processing into the 100% Organic Australian Soups in a matter of days, if not hours.