Food SA ENews, July 2014

CEO CONNECT WITH CATHERINE BARNETT

LAST WEEK TO ENTER THE AWARDS

Time is ticking away with only one week left to enter the 2014 South Australian Food Industry Awards Program, with entries closing Monday 14 July 2014. Just by entering you not only have the opportunity to win a coveted award, but you will also increase your business profile and add value to your brand. Furthermore, you will receive two hours of FREE professional coaching with a Food SA Service Provider of your choice. There are four easy steps to entry; 1. Complete online registration form at www.safoodawards.com.au/apply/ 2. Answer PART A, which is essentially your business plan. You are then automatically entered into Best Practice Award (over 15FTE) or Business Development Award (less than 15FTE). 3. Answer PART B. Maximum of two categories from Export, Innovation, Sustainability, New Product, Skills Development or Primary Producer. 4. Submit application by 5.00pm Monday 14 July 2014. To talk to us about entering the Awards contact 8303 9435 or contact@safoodawards.com.au or read all about it at www.safoodawards.com.au

BACK ON THE ROAD WITH FOOD SA TOUR

A second tour, Back on the road with Food SA is on Wednesday 13 August visiting Macro Meats Gourmet Game, Bickford’s Australia and Lifestyle Bakery, who are all winners of the 2013 South Australian Food Industry Awards Program. They will showcase how they operate their businesses, so you can see and experience first-hand why these businesses are leading the way in our industry. Attendees will travel in a bus, and stop for lunch at an Eat Local SA venue. Come along for the opportunity to help your business’ growth and development, and make connections meeting others in the industry. Numbers are strictly limited, book today.

INCREASE YOUR SENSORY SKILLS AND IMPROVE PRODUCT QUALITY

Sensory and consumer testing is becoming increasingly important in the food industry in order to remain internationally competitive. Food SA in partnership with SARDI are presenting three workshops 23 July, 29 July and 1 August 2014 (ten people each) to help your business find out how to gain a competitive edge through quality improvement. A working knowledge of sensory evaluation practices assists food businesses to prepare and meet the challenges of the future such as changing consumer preferences and product innovation. This one-day workshop will enable participants to increase their sensory skills and competencies, implement new business practices, and improve product quality within their business. Register today!

SURVEY ON THE ENERGY EFFICIENT EQUIPMENT TOOLKIT

Food SA launched its Energy Efficient Equipment Toolkit in 2013, to help South Australia’s food business make the right decisions in ensuring energy efficiency, particularly with equipment upgrades and process improvements. As part of our agreement with the Department for Industry we need your assistance by providing feedback through a survey. Feedback from the survey will improve our toolkit in the near future and add other features that you may want to use. Your participation is highly valued as results will help us to shape future activities in the Energy Efficiency area. You may complete the survey anonymously. Complete the survey!

NEW HEALTH STAR RATING SYSTEM

Food SA recently held a networking event where Dr Kevin Buckett, National Chair presented on Front of Pack Labelling of the proposed Health Star Rating (HSR) System. The HSR system should be implemented voluntarily over the next five years, commencing 27 June 2014, with a review of the progress of implementation after two years. The HSR Style Guide (including final artwork) and HSR Calculator are available at the AHMAC website under Related Links. Artwork files are expected to be made available online shortly. A cost benefit analysis of voluntary implementation of the HSR system has been published. A process for the HSR Advisory Committee has also been endorsed to consider potential anomalies that may be identified in relation to the HSR Calculator. Details are expected to be made available on the AHMAC website. A social marketing campaign to support the implementation of the voluntary HSR system is close to being finalised.  The new Health Star Rating System will have significant consequences for the industry so please take the time to read the links or get involved. As discussed for those who attended the Food SA networking event, please provide any feedback to catherine@foodsa.com.au

ANOTHER SAD LOSS FOR INDUSTRY

We are all very saddened by the loss of Anthony Duggan recently. Project Management Precision, Anthony's company was a member of Food SA. He was very respected in the SA food industry and will be sorely missed. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.


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