Record entries in 2021 SA food awards
Participation in the South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards has surged to a new high in 2021, with a 50 percent increase in entries received. Food South Australia CEO Catherine Sayer says the record response is a positive sign that South Australia’s food and beverage industry remains firmly focused on growth and is continuing to deliver world-class leadership and innovation despite COVID challenges.
“COVID-19 is now an ongoing operational factor to which our industry is adapting, and there are clearly emerging opportunities,” she says. “Our research is showing flexible strategies have helped a lot of food and beverage companies adapt to the new conditions successfully. There are still many challenges ahead but, as an industry, South Australia’s food and beverage sector is working together to continue to achieve excellence.
“Something that sets our industry apart is that we’re largely made up of small to medium enterprises which are able to respond to market demands quicker than larger businesses.”
The awards program includes capability and market-building opportunities, such as the 2021 Retail Ready Program, which will see all entrants able to participate in an education and promotion program with Foodland Supermarkets.
SA Premier Steven Marshall says the awards are seen as a benchmark for excellence and best practice in the food and beverage industry and, this year in particular, all entrants should be commended for their resilience and focus on growth.
“The food and beverage industry is an important contributor to our economy and represents a significant sector of our workforce,” he says. “The state government values the partnership we have with Food South Australia to support businesses in this sector to grow and prosper, to keep and grow jobs, and to continue to showcase our state to the world through our extraordinary range of premium products.”
Voting has also now commenced for the 2021 Consumer Award, which provides consumers with the opportunity to vote for their favourite local food or beverage business. Sayer says each year, the level of engagement between the awards and consumers grows.
“Thousands of consumers from across South Australia, loyal South Aussies in other states and even overseas vote for their favourite SA food or beverage business each year,” she says. “The Consumer Award is the people’s choice award, and it all comes down to loyal consumers getting involved and voting for their favourites.”
You can vote in the 2021 Consumer Award here. Voting will remain open until 5pm, Monday, September 20. Finalists will be announced on September 22 and winners will be announced at a special gala dinner on November 12.