Video News Bulletin: 15 May

Every week, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry brings you the latest news in the food and beverage manufacturing sector. This week: THE HIVE AWARDS, Fonterra, Budget 2024, Second Bite, FareShare, and Acumen.

In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to federal MP, Meryl Swanson, about the findings from the recent House Standing Committee on Agriculture inquiry into food security. As chair of the inquiry, Meryl expands on just some of the 35 recommendations and Australia’s food system.

This year’s pivotal event in the fight against food waste, the National Food Waste Summit, features an impressive line-up of international speakers and Australian experts passionate about addressing one of the most critical environmental challenges of our time.

Welcome to The Food & Drink Business Top 100 Food & Drink Companies 2023 report. Compiled in collaboration with IBISWorld, this flagship report ranks by revenue Australia’s biggest players in the food and drink sector. Who made it into the Top 10, which companies rose in the ranks with impressive revenue growth, and which ones fell – it’s a fascinating informative glimpse into Australia’s largest manufacturing sector.

THE HIVE AWARDS: We have our winners!

The Hive Awards 2024 has recognised and celebrated some of the country's most innovative food and beverage companies and operators. The awards were presented yesterday at The Everleigh, Sydney, to a room buzzing with excitement and anticipation. 


The inaugural winner of The Golden Hive Award was Kommunity Brew. This beverage company from Western Australia embodies everything The Hive Awards represents and the best traits of food and beverage manufacturing.

THE HIVE AWARDS WINNER – Best Ingredient Award: Australian Plant Proteins

Australia Plant Proteins was the first company in Australia to develop and commercialise a plant protein isolate powder. It is at the forefront of innovative plant-based protein solutions and plays a key role in building Australia’s reputation on the global stage in this burgeoning industry.

THE HIVE AWARDS WINNER – Best Processing Award: East Forged

East Forged is at the forefront of the craft tea industry with its ready-to-drink Cold Brew Nitro Tea brand, positioning tea as a sophisticated beverage suitable for social occasions.

THE HIVE AWARDS WINNER – Best Packaging Award: GWF (Don Smallgoods)

Don is set to revolutionise the smallgoods market with the launch of its resealable flow wrap pack for sandwich fillers and other smallgoods.

THE HIVE AWARDS WINNER – Best NPD Award: Perfection Fresh

In looking to develop products that would encourage consumers to eat more vegetables, Perfection Fresh leveraged a major consumer trend and created the Perfection Air Fryer Veggie Kits.

THE HIVE AWARDS WINNER – Local Manufacturing Award: Openway Food Co

In a bold move to transform the Australian food industry, Openway Food Co was established by seasoned industry veterans with a mission to unite smaller Australian businesses under a single platform.

THE HIVE AWARDS WINNER – Business Excellence Award (Headcount >75): The Dinner Ladies

Founded by two friends with a goal of helping people eat better more often, The Dinner Ladies brand has been defined by a commitment to quality produce, wholesome and delicious meals, and happy customers.

THE HIVE AWARDS WINNER – Business Excellence Award (Headcount <75): Kommunity Brew

From starting out in a garden shed in 2015, Kommunity Brew has grown into a one-of-a-kind functional beverage company intent on doing things its own way with a focus on impact as well as profit.

THE HIVE AWARDS WINNER – Gamechanger Award: Kakadu Kitchen x OzHarvest

A collaboration between OzHarvest Ventures, Kakadu Kitchen and ALTD Spirits, created a groundbreaking beverage designed to redefine the future of the food and beverage industry.

THE HIVE AWARDS WINNER – Rising Star Award: Compassion Creamery

Industry disruptor, Compassion Creamery, is shaking up the cheese market with its world’s first Oat Creme Cheese, combining traditional cheesemaking techniques with Australian-grown oats, to create a plant-based alternative to conventional dairy cheese.

Packaging News

In the first year of PKN’s Women in Packaging Awards programme, industry has stepped up with meaning. The response has been phenomenal, and the judges had their work cut out for them selecting the finalists from a competitive field of high-calibre nominees.

At The Hive Awards in Sydney today, the Best Packaging category was won by Don Smallgoods, part of George Weston Foods, for its resealable flow wrap pack for sandwich fillers and other smallgoods. This innovative packaging is a departure from the conventional thermoformed packs and addresses consumer demands for better functionality, sustainability, and product visibility.

Applications for the 2024 APCO Annual Awards are now open, and are open to all of industry to apply.