FMCG suppliers celebrated at the NZ Food Awards

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  • October 14, 2016
  • Sarah Dunn
FMCG suppliers celebrated at the NZ Food Awards

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Massey University vice-chancellor Steve Maharey said New Zealand was unique in the world in its ability to produce high-quality, sustainable, natural food, but it was not yet getting enough value for these food products. Improving the value of New Zealand’s food offering is key to growing New Zealand’s economy.

“Producing high-value food will make New Zealand prosperous.”

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew presented the top prize, the Massey University Supreme Award, to crowd favourite Coastal Spring Lamb and Coastal Lamb. She says consumer expectations around food continue to sharpen, and manufacturers must continue to meet their high standards.

“Given the importance of the food and beverage sector to the New Zealand economy, with its contribution of $29 billion a year, it is important that New Zealand continues to be seen as a trusted supplier of safe and suitable food around the world.

“These awards are an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of everyone involved in the business of food towards making this a reality. I congratulate all of the companies who have been recognised for excellence in their categories,” says Goodhew.

Progressive Enterprises general manager merchandise Chris Fisher presented the Frozen Awards. In his speech, he spoke of how Countdown had changed the way it sources product to allow it to support more small suppliers – including those with the capacity to supply just one of its 184 stores.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Artisan Food Producer Award in association with Supermarket News

Blue Frog Breakfast (Zesty Orange Syrup)

Bite Gourmet Award

Keewai (Live Freshwater Crayfish)

Massey University Health and Wellness Award

Life Health Foods NZ Ltd (Bean Supreme Kumara Burger)

The Foodbowl Novel Ingredients Award

Kiwigarden Ltd (Coconut Raspberry Yoghurt Drops)

MPI Food Safety Culture Award

Open Country Dairy Ltd

MPI Primary Sector Products Award

Spring Sheep Milk Co. (Sheep Wholemilk Powder)

NZTE Export Innovation Award
Coastal Spring Lamb and Coastal Lamb

Business Innovation Award

Constellation Brands

Support to the Food Industry Award

Steve Maharey

FoodHQ Beverages Award

Villa Maria (Villa Maria Lighter Rose)

Dry Award

Barker’s of Geraldine (New Yorker Mustard Relish)

Chilled/Short Shelf Life Award
Coastal Spring Lamb and Coastal Lamb (Lamb Rack)

Frozen Award

Fonterra Brands (Tiptop) (Kapiti Feijoa and Pear Sorbet)

Massey University Supreme Award

Coastal Spring Lamb and Coastal Lamb (Lamb Rack)

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