• 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.

An impressive number of quality entries across The Hive Awards’ nine categories created a highly competitive line-up for judges to consider the exemplar of excellence and innovation in Australia’s food and beverage manufacturing sector.

The panel of six independent industry experts – Dr Angeline Achariya of Innovation Gamechangers, Polly Burey of Food & Beverage Accelerator (FaBA), Ian Hayes of APCO, Nerida Kelton of AIP, Anna Tao of CSIRO, Paul Wood of Australian Academy of Tech Sciences & Engineering – as well as Food & Drink Business editor, Kim Berry, and its publisher, Lindy Hughson, judged the entries over weeks.

“For the first year of the awards, we were blown away by the number and quality of entries we received. From small start-ups to global players, it was a highly competitive process that led to some robust discussions in the judging room.

“We congratulate all of the companies that entered and wish all the finalists well as we head towards the awards’ gala event,” Berry said.

The full list of finalists is below. Winners will be announced at The Hive Awards Long Lunch in Sydney on Thursday, 16 May. Don’t miss out, book your tables now to avoid disappointment.

(All finalists are listed in alphabetical order of company name)

BEST INGREDIENT AWARD – recognising the best development and/or application of an ingredient for use in a food or beverage product.

AusGrape, Australian Vintage – 68 Brix Preservative Free High Aroma Muscat Grape Juice Concentrate

Australian Plant Proteins – Australia's first plant protein isolate powder

Harvest B – Beef Style Protein Pieces

Nourish Ingredients – Tastilux

Sprout Organic – Plant-based organic infant milk formula 

TWØBAYS Brewing Co – Gluten-free craft beer


BEST PROCESSING AWARD – recognises the best project displaying a product or process innovation and/or application.

Beak & Johnston 

East Forged 

Robotic Automation 

The LittleOak Company



BEST PACKAGING AWARD – recognises the best innovation and/or application of packaging for food and/or beverage products.

Caps & Closures – ThermoShield Temperature Monitoring System

Confoil – DualPakECO Certified Compostable Food Trays

Detpak – Kerbside Recyclable Paper Bag for Fresh Potatoes

George Weston Foods (DON Smallgoods) – FLOW

Nestlé – KitKat 90% Recycled Plastic Wrapper

Planet Protector – Woolpack Insulated Packaging for Cold Supply Chains

Zipform Packaging – The Good Smoothie Milk Powder Composite Pack


BEST NPD AWARD – recognising the best new product development and launch in 2023.

Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod – Aquna Gold Murray Cod Caviar

BetterDays Beverage Co – Cactus Water

Caps & Closures – EzyPour: Precision Pouring, Sustainable Solutions

Chobani – Chobani No Sugar Added

Perfection Fresh – Air Fryer Vege range


LOCAL MANUFACTURING – for excellence in the production and manufacturing of Australian food and beverage products.

CST Wastewater Solutions

Feel Good Bananas


Openway Food Co, Table of Plenty

San Elk

SPC Global

The Other Chef, Makers & Providores


BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD (HEADCOUNT OVER 75) – for an entire organisation and its workforce in the food and beverage manufacturing sector.


The Dinner Ladies


BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD (HEADCOUNT UNDER 75) – for an entire organisation and its workforce in the food and beverage manufacturing sector.

Kommunity Brew

Mingle Seasoning



RISING STAR – recognising a startup that is less than three years old and has disrupted established markets.

Compassion Creamery

Lūla Rum

Naked Rivals

The Honey Thief


GAMECHANGER – for the company that embodies new ideas, innovations, and practices for the benefit of future food systems.

Food and Agribusiness Network

Liberty Loves Australia, Zest Element

OzHarvest Ventures, Kakadu Kitchen


The LittleOak Company




The Golden Hive recipient is selected by Food & Drink Business from the category winners and will be announced at the awards ceremony.


Food & Drink Business and The Hive Awards thank this year’s sponsors: 


The Commonwealth Bank of Australia 





Hawkins Watts Australia

Heat and Control




Process Partners




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