• East Forged took home the Best Processing Award at the inaugural Hive Awards.
Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
    East Forged took home the Best Processing Award at the inaugural Hive Awards. Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
  • Don Smallgoods took home the Best Packaging Award at the inaugural Hive Awards.
Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
    Don Smallgoods took home the Best Packaging Award at the inaugural Hive Awards. Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
  • Australian Plant Proteins took home the Best Ingredient Award at the inaugural Hive Awards.
Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
    Australian Plant Proteins took home the Best Ingredient Award at the inaugural Hive Awards. Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
  • Perfection Fresh took home the Best NPD Award at the inaugural Hive Awards.
Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
    Perfection Fresh took home the Best NPD Award at the inaugural Hive Awards. Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
  • Openway Food Co took home the Local Manufacturing Award at the inaugural Hive Awards.
Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
    Openway Food Co took home the Local Manufacturing Award at the inaugural Hive Awards. Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
  • The Dinner Ladies took home the Business Excellence Award (Headcount >75) at the inaugural Hive Awards.
Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
    The Dinner Ladies took home the Business Excellence Award (Headcount >75) at the inaugural Hive Awards. Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
  • Kommunity Brew 
Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
    Kommunity Brew Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
  • Compassion Creamery took home the Rising Star Award at the inaugural Hive Awards.
Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
    Compassion Creamery took home the Rising Star Award at the inaugural Hive Awards. Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
  • The Kakadu Kitchen x OzHarvest collaboration took home the Gamechanger Award at the inaugural Hive Awards.
Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
    The Kakadu Kitchen x OzHarvest collaboration took home the Gamechanger Award at the inaugural Hive Awards. Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
  • Kommunity Brew also took home the Golden Hive Award, chosen by the FDB team.
Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
    Kommunity Brew also took home the Golden Hive Award, chosen by the FDB team. Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
  • The Hive Awards 2024 recognised Australian food and beverage companies displaying excellence and innovation.
    The Hive Awards 2024 recognised Australian food and beverage companies displaying excellence and innovation.
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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. 

BEST INGREDIENT AWARD: Australian Plant Proteins

The first company in Australia to develop and commercialise a plant protein isolate powder.

BEST PROCESSING AWARD: East Forged

East Forged created a new way to enjoy tea, infusing cold brew tea with nitrogen and CO2 to create its Cold Brew Nitro Tea.

BEST PACKAGING AWARD: George Weston Foods (Don Smallgoods)

Don developed a resealable flow wrap pack that sets a new standard for the smallgoods industry. It has reduced plastic waste by 50-70 per cent, uses 50 per cent less energy to produce, uses 50 per cent less plastic than its current packaging, and 69 per cent less than competitors.

BEST NPD AWARD: Perfection Fresh

Perfection Fresh’s Perfection Air Fryer Veggie Kits are a unique offering in the fresh produce section, providing consumers with new and interesting ways to increase their vegetable intake while also tapping into the air fryer trend.

LOCAL MANUFACTURING: Openway Food Co

Openway Food Co was established to bring small Australian businesses under a single platform where they could share resources and foster growth in the health and wellness sector.

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD (HEADCOUNT >75): The Dinner Ladies

From two friends in a domestic kitchen, to a medium sized enterprise, The Dinner Ladies have managed to maintain the quality and taste of its meals and the culture of the organisation.

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD (HEADCOUNT <75): Kommunity Brew

From a garden shed in 2015, Kommunity Brew is a trailblazing functional beverage company with a culture of innovation, inclusion, sustainability, and relationships that permeates everything it does.

RISING STAR: Compassion Creamery

Sara Qian’s Compassion Creamery Oat Crème Cheese is a game changer in the vegan cheese market. With immense determination, persistence, and unfailing commitment to quality, Sara has already had a significant impact on the market.

GAMECHANGER: OzHarvest Ventures and Kakadu Kitchen

This unique collaboration developed the Conscious Drink, a lightly sparkling zero-alcohol wine alternative that transcends traditional categories and champions a kinder, less wasteful world that empowers Indigenous communities.

THE GOLDEN HIVE: Kommunity Brew

Across every aspect of its business, Kommunity Brew reflects the excellence and innovation the industry is capable of. From a garden shed in 2015 to today, a new brewery made from recycled and reclaimed materials, sustainability embedded in all it does, engagement with CSIRO and universities to drive its research and strategic planning, investment in technology to foster growth and mitigate vulnerabilities, an enviable workplace culture, and constant new product testing and development to guarantee growth all lend themselves to creating a very special company.  

 

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