• 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.

When you are launching and industry awards program for the first time, it can be a leap for a potential sponsor to visualise what you can see so clearly in your head. We welcome the support and backing from the inaugural sponsors of The Hive Awards.


The Commonwealth Bank of Australia 

CommBank Manufacturing and Wholesale Business Banking national manager, Maria Christina, said CommBank was excited to support the awards.

“The food and beverage sector makes a really important contribution to the Australian economy and businesses in the sector continue to show remarkable creativity, determination, and ingenuity in the face of ongoing challenges. The Hive Awards are a great initiative which allow us to celebrate some of the country’s most innovative and resourceful food and beverage companies,” Christina said. 

CommBank has specialist banking and finance solutions, with in-depth industry knowledge for manufacturing and wholesale trade businesses. It has a national network of bankers who specialise in manufacturing and wholesale trade who are based in metro and regional locations, with a deep understanding of the industry to help your business thrive.



Combilift is the largest manufacturer of multidirectional, sideloading and articulated forklifts globally.

Innovation, flexibility, and service are the ethos on which Combilift’s success is built, which has seen us become the world’s fastest-growing forklift manufacturer. We export to more than 85 countries and there are more than 80,000 Combilift trucks in use worldwide.

No other manufacturer in the world can deliver the same level of customisation and adaptability or cater so effectively to the diverse needs of every individual customer, whether their enterprise is large or small.


Hydroflux is a sustainability-driven organisation delivering unrivalled engineering, scientific and technological solutions for a more secure future, with a focus on water, wastewater, renewable energy, climate resilience and environmental protection.

We service Australia via offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, New Zealand via our office in Auckland, the Pacific region via our Fijian office and Europe via our established UK business.

The Hydroflux Group is a rapidly growing group with a track record of delivering innovative projects and support to a wide range of industries, municipalities and communities, Via our subsidiary companies, we provide design services, equipment supply, engage in complete design and construct projects, provide service and operation contracts, and supply our own range of high-performance chemicals. Regardless of your industry, we possess the knowledge and expertise to meet your unique needs.

Hydroflux takes its climate responsibility seriously and we know that the biggest impact we can have is through partnering with customers and clients. We’re proud to be Australia’s first water treatment and technology company to achieve Climate Active carbon neutral certification for our entire organisation and our products.


Hawkins Watts Australia

Hawkins Watts is a leader in specialised food, beverage, and supplement ingredients, with an unmatched commitment to innovation, quality, and service. For over 30 years, we have helped to develop some of Australia and New Zealand’s most successful food, beverage, and nutrition products.

Our core values – Respect, Responsibility, Service, Teamwork – are fundamental beliefs that dictate our behaviour and actions. They are our navigation tool to the right path to fulfilling our business goals. They set the tone for our company culture and are the corner stones of our brand.

We represent many of the world’s leading ingredient companies with a broad product portfolio, specialising in Texture, Health & Nutrition, Colour, and Flavour.

Our team of technical experts are ready to collaborate with you to solve project roadblocks and create innovative new concepts, working with you to fully understand your applications and find the very best solutions. From running technical training sessions to hosting customers in our laboratories for product development sessions, our support and specialty ingredients are second to none.

Knowledge, creativity & collaboration: Ingredient solutions for building great products.

Heat and Control

Since 1950, Heat and Control has been leading the advancement of food processes and production through new ways of thinking and creative technology.

We are process and product technologists committed to advancing food, pharmaceutical, and other industries with science and imagination. Whether you measure success by flavour, efficiencies, improvement, or innovation, count on us to deliver results.

We design integrated solutions to improve your business. We help you enhance your products by engineering and building customised process and packaging lines featuring start to finish integration.

Rising to the challenge, advancing processes, and helping to bring the best products to the world using science, technology, and creative thinking, Heat and Control’s customers know they can count on them to deliver results.


Since 2005, Trimatt’s vision has been to manufacture, supply, and service leading technologies for the print and product automation industry.

Our motto is “deliver solutions that our customers’ need to succeed”.

We offer three product platforms – product handling, product identification, and product inspection – to encompass our range of time saving, profit making solutions.

Trimatt partners with leading global brands to deliver high performance at affordable prices, making your business competitive and profitable. We have a passionate team with engineering capabilities, enabling us to customise and style integration for optimised outcomes.

We supply and support our solutions throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, with partners globally.



Mintel is the world’s leading market intelligence agency. From fast answers to deep insights, Mintel has provided research and intelligence solutions to consumer-focused businesses for more than 50 years.

With a combination of world-class syndicated tools and custom insight solutions, we are your eyes and ears in the markets that matter and the insights behind your next big idea.

We know consumers – who they are, what they see, what they do, what they buy. We also know why. We know innovation – what’s new, what’s ground-breaking, what’s hot and what’s not. All around the world. We know markets. We know their numbers – how much, how many, who sells what. We know trends – what’s changing, where and why. We know what’s coming next. We know competitors – their products, strategies, and tactical plays. We know where the opportunities exist. And, because we know, we can tell you where to play and how to win.

Process Partners

With decades of experience in advising, conceptualising, designing, building, and optimising food process and packaging plants, Process Partners can provide solutions to the problems faced in the food and beverage industry.

We provide a strong, established team of engineers and project managers with local and international experience, covering a diverse range of skill from manufacturing management to food technology.  Our clients can draw on a significant depth of knowledge to support their business requirements.

Our offering extends from a range of professional services to end to end turnkey projects including: Strategic Advisory, Engineering Services, Project Delivery, and Performance Services.

With established resources in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, and China to support local and international clients, Process Partners has scale to tackle a diverse range of food process and packaging solutions.


Packaging News

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.

APCO has completed its nationwide roadshow engaging industry on its 2030 packaging strategy. Pippa Corry of philo & co attended the Sydney session and summarised the key takeaways for PKN.