More than 25 individual and business awards were presented Friday at the 2021 South Australian Prime Minister’s Food and Drink Industry Awards at the Adelaide Convention Center, but the crowning of a new consumer award legend was a favorite a crowd.
Golden North Ice Cream received this honor after winning the Consumer Award three times, joining Roben Menz in the exclusive group.
Food South Australia CEO Catherine Sayer said Golden North faced stiff competition, with entries up 50% from previous years and a “huge vote” for the Consumer Award.
Sayer said the 2021 winners roll call extended from small and new businesses to household names and highlighted the industry’s responsiveness to global consumer trends.
“South Australia’s food industry is renowned for its passion and perseverance,” said Sayer.
“The 2021 winners are examples of how this is paying off for forward-looking companies that are determined to ‘turn the page’ on the disruptions of the past 18 months. “
The Business Excellence Award for Companies up to 15 FTE was won by Ashton Valley Fresh, whose sister and brother team Joyce and Joseph ceravolo are alumni of InDaily 40 Under 40, while the award for a company over 15 FTEs was won by Robern Menz.
Ashton Valley Fresh also won an award for food or beverage innovation, while mumamoo took home the small business award for its new baby formula.
Another 40 Under 40 alumnus, George Georgiadis, won the Small Business Export Award for Never Never Distilling Co., while the Biggest Business Award went to the Bickford Group.
Australian kangaroo and wild game meat supplier Macro Group Australia was inducted in 2021 into the Food SA Hall of Fame.
The awards were presented by a jury of 29 experienced industry professionals who sit on independent juries for the award categories.
Sayer said the program has also been expanded this year to provide even more benefits to participating companies.
“We recognize that companies invest time in the award nomination process and that the program must deliver benefits that support industry-wide growth,” said Sayer.
“This year’s attendees, finalists and winners also had the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program designed to develop retail readiness through a partnership with Foodland Supermarkets.
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