• Food & Drink Business has launched the inaugural, The Hive Awards, recognising excellence in food and beverage manufacturing.
    Food & Drink Business has launched the inaugural, The Hive Awards, recognising excellence in food and beverage manufacturing.
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There are nine categories on offer in this year’s inaugural Hive Awards. Created to recognise and celebrate the best people and businesses in Australia’s food and beverage manufacturing sector, it’s time to get cracking with your entry (entries close on 23 February).

It is time to shine a light on the excellence in the country’s largest manufacturing sector, which contributes more than $27 billion to the national economy and exports over $30 billion of locally produced food and drink products all over the world.

Why the Hive? 

In developing the awards, we wanted the name to reflect the complexity, inter-connectedness, ambition, and tirelessness of Australia’s food and drink manufacturing sector.

We couldn’t go past the concept of bees and their hive, a flawless system that runs 24/7, driven by a dedicated and determined workforce to consistently deliver a product to the highest standard.

10 awards up for grabs

BEST INGREDIENT AWARD

This award recognises the best development and/or application of an ingredient for use in a food or beverage product.

BEST PROCESSING AWARD

This award recognises the best project displaying a product or process innovation and/or application.

BEST PACKAGING AWARD

This award recognises the best innovation and/or application of packaging for food and/or beverage products.

BEST NPD AWARD

Recognising the best new product development and launch in 2023.

LOCAL MANUFACTURING

This award recognises excellence in the production and manufacturing of Australian food and beverage products.

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD (HEADCOUNT OVER 75)

This category encapsulates an entire organisation and its workforce in the food and beverage manufacturing sector.

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD (HEADCOUNT UNDER 75)

This category encapsulates an entire organisation and its workforce in the food and beverage manufacturing sector.

RISING STAR

This award recognises a start-up that is less than three years old and has disrupted established markets.

GAMECHANGER

This category is for the company that embodies new ideas, innovations, and practices for the benefit of future food systems.

THE GOLDEN HIVE

The Golden Hive recipient is selected by Food & Drink Business from the category winners.

Strong industry support

The industry has welcomed the awards program with strong support in the initial sponsorship call-out. 

Gold Sponsors – Combilift, Hydroflux

Silver Sponsors – Hawkins Watts Australia, Heat and Control, Trimatt 

Bronze Sponsors – Mintel, Process Partners

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, contact national sales manager, Sharon Amos, to find out more.

Enter now

Click here to find out more and enter the awards. Entries close at 12pm, Friday 23 February 2024.

 

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