South Australia’s best in food and beverage announced

The 2023 South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards has announced a delicious bunch of winners.

At the annual Gala Dinner event, businesses were recognised for their exceptional accomplishments and contribution to the food and beverage manufacturing industry.

Setting a benchmark in brilliance were Business Excellence category winners. Three distinct manufacturers took their slice of the cake: Yumbah Aquaculture, Haigh’s Chocolates, and The Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee Co.

In a time when mental health and wellbeing is so important, Spring Gully Foods were recognised for their workplace wellbeing initiatives, and the ongoing commitment to supporting the welfare of their people.

In a highly competitive category decided by public vote, South Australian icons, Beerenberg and Kytons Bakery each took home the popular Consumer Award. While another cheesy favourite, La Casa Del Formaggio were inducted into the Hall of Fame, a testament to their enduring impact and ongoing high level success.

The regions were strongly represented with Almondco, Fleurieu Milk Company, Harvest the Fleurieu, Good Country Hemp and Sundrop Farms also among the award winners.

Food South Australia CEO, Marni Cook, said the sense of community was on full display at the Gala Dinner appropriately themed ‘A Shared Experience’ and attended by members and friends of the food and beverage industry alongside the Governor of South Australia, and the Premier.

“Revealing the winners fills us with immense pride. It marks an occasion to shine a light on the finest businesses and products our state has to offer, and to officially acknowledge the industry’s ongoing role in propelling the state’s manufacturing sector forward,” Marni said.

Premier Peter Malinauskas said the food and beverage industry in South Australia remains a vital part of the state’s growing economy.

“The high level of entrants, finalists and award winners showcased in this year’s awards reflects the passion, innovation and dedication that characterises our food and beverage industry. Not only is it an industry that has shown incredible leadership through challenging times, but importantly, it continues to innovate and create new opportunities, products and services, which significantly contribute to our state and its economy.”

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