South Australia’s largest confectionery & dried fruit manufacturer Robern Menz’s passion for pushing the SA Food Industry forward has reaped recognition for the company, taking out three categories at Friday night’s 2013 SA Food Industry Awards;
1. The Hall of Fame
2. Australia Leadership Award and
3. the Consumer Choice Award
The South Australian Food Industry Awards, now in their 16th year, are a celebration of the state’s food industry and provide a benchmark to which all South Australian food businesses can aspire. This year’s awards were presented at a gala dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday November 29.
Joining the ranks of fellow iconic SA brands; Coopers Brewery, San Remo, Bickford’s Australia, Drakes Supermarkets, Angelakis Bros, Beerenberg, Thomas Foods and Haigh’s, Robern Menz is the 9th company to be inducted into the SA Food Industry Hall of Fame.
The award, presented by The Minister for Food, Gail Gago and Maurice Crotti (CEO of San Remo sponsors of the award), recognises an individual or business that has demonstrated ongoing high level success in their designated profession and has made a significant and sustainable contribution to South Australia’s food industry and is judged by a panel of industry experts.
Philip Sims, Chief Executive Officer of the 4th generation family owned business was also awarded with the Bickford’s Australia “Leadership Award” at the 2013 South Australian Food Industry Awards in recognition of his work within the industry, specifically with the Shop & Swap to SA Campaign and market leading move to using Segregated and Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO).
The final award of the night, The Buy South Australian “Consumer Award” is a new type of category set up with the aim of enabling consumers of South Australian foods to vote for their favourite South Australia food company, and to drive consumer recognition and engagement with South Australian brands. Arguably the most anticipated award of the evening with an elite group of 20 iconic South Australian food brands making up the group of finalists in line to receive the award, brands including Spring Gully Foods, Kyton’s Bakery, Tucker’s Natural & Lucia’s Fine Foods all vying for the title of SA’s official fave foodie!
On taking out the honour, Phil Sims, CEO of Robern Menz, said “Robern Menz is proud to be a part of the South Australian food manufacturing industry, and we are extremely proud to be recognized with this award. This award means so much to us as it is voted for by the public, our consumers. Listening and engaging with our community has always been one of our core values and customer feedback is fed into pretty much every decision we make. To have the appreciation reciprocated is humbling to say the least.”
“These wins are a terrific acknowledgement of the efforts of our incredible team, who worked tirelessly to promote our brand and the SA food industry,” says Philip Sims.