Nominations for the 2017 Food & Beverage Industry Awards are now open!
Nominations are now open in 10 categories, with all finalists becoming automatic entrants into the Best of the Best category, proudly sponsored by Platinum Sponsor Flavour Makers.
Nominations close on 24 April 2017, and all finalists will be notified and announced on 1 May 2017.
Some exciting changes have been made to the categories for 2017. All categories and criteria are listed below.
All products being entered must be manufactured in Australia or New Zealand and have been introduced to market in the past 24 months.
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.
Returning for 2017, this category 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.
Food Exporter of the Year
Australian-made food and beverage products are in high demand around the globe. This Award recognises those companies successfully introducing their unique products to international audiences.
Ready Meals are constantly evolving to keep up with consumer demands. This category recognises innovations in manufacturing and packaging to ensure longer shelf life, create extended flavour variety and cater to different dietary requirements and desires.
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.
Innovative Technology of the Year
A brand new category for 2017, Innovative Technology of the Year will look at 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.
This Award celebrates new health foods introduced to the market. The product could be manufactured in a new way to preserve nutritional content, include unique ingredients or be processed to provide consumers with an easier way to meet their nutritional or dietary needs.
Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year
This category recognises those companies who are actively working to reduce environmental impacts and incorporating renewable resources and materials into their manufacturing processes.
Paddock to Plate
Introduced for the first time in 2017, Paddock to Plate will celebrate 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.
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.