Stories of success: best of SA food & drink

14th November 2020 | Eativity editors

Businesses producing premium food and beverages that have become synonymous with South Australia’s international reputation as a superior food and drink destination were among the winners announced at the 2020 South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards Gala Dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre last night.

Winners included quiet achievers such as Dinko Tuna Farmers and Lifestyle Bakery, and consumer favourites Alexandrina Cheese Company and Robern Menz.

The 2020 inductee into the Awards Hall of Fame is Mitolo Family Farms, who specialise in combining traditional farming techniques with the very latest technology, and have been supplying quality produce to Australian families for almost half a century.

Lifestyle Bakery’s gluten-free breads are among the softest and lightest available.

This year’s Leader Award was presented to Michael Horrocks of Lifestyle Bakery in recognition of his innovative leadership in developing the gluten-free bakery sector, while the Next Generation Award – created to recognise an up-and-coming industry professional – was awarded to Kieran Donoghue of Safcol Australia.

The Emerging Business Award went to Never Never Distilling Co, makers of Australia’s very first Grenache gin, while Golden North’s Simply Indulge range of ice cream and Goolwa PipiCo’s Whole Clam Chowder won New Product Awards this year.

Simply indulge? Well, if you insist… Golden North knows how to scoop out some joy.

“When we launched the 2020 South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards, we already knew this year’s theme of Sharing our Stories was very appropriate,” says Food South Australia CEO Catherine Sayer.

“None of us expected what 2020 has served to us, so it has been especially inspiring to learn the stories behind the winning businesses in this year’s awards. The challenges of 2020 aren’t the first obstacles many of this year’s winners have overcome, but in this new COVID-normal world, the grit and resilience of an industry that is so important to South Australia’s economic wellbeing is being celebrated.”

Interest in the awards program and in South Australian products has continued to grow this year, with a 15 percent increase in entries and more than 11,000 consumers voting for their favourite business for the Consumer Award. You can find a full list of the winners below.

2020 winners

Hall of Fame

2020 Inductee: Mitolo Family Farms

Business Excellence Award

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Goolwa PipiCo
Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Sundrop Farms

Emerging Business Award

Winner – Never Never Distilling Co

Export Award

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Dinko Tuna Farmers
Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Yumbah Aquaculture

Never Never makes juniper the hero of its bold, modern-classic gins.

Innovation in Business Award

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Dinko Tuna Farmers
Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Team Unico

Innovation in Food or Beverage Award

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: All The Things
Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Lifestyle Bakery

New Product Award

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Goolwa PipiCo (Whole Clam Chowder)
Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Golden North Ice Cream (Simply Indulge)

Fleurieu Milk produces premium fresh milk and yoghurt products for retail and foodservice.

Primary Producer Award

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: feather&PECK – pastured eggs
Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Fleurieu Milk Company

Sustainability Award

Winner – Sundrop Farms

Leader Award

WinnerMichael Horrocks, Lifestyle Bakery

Next Generation Award

Winner – Kieran Donoghue, Safcol Australia

Consumer Award

Winner – Businesses with up to 15 FTEs: Alexandrina Cheese Company
Winner – Businesses with more than 15 FTEs: Robern Menz

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