Entering the South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards is a fantastic opportunity to evaluate and benchmark your business against the best. Becoming a finalist or winner provides you with a powerful recommendation for your products to customers and consumers and offers significant profile and recognition for your business and your brand.
If your principal place of business is in South Australia, and at least half of your business expenses are incurred here, and your business either manufactures food and beverages or provides services to the food and beverage industry, then your business is eligible to enter the South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards.
Take the time to carefully read the criteria, especially the Who Can Enter and the Conditions of Entry sections, and then determine which size category fits your business and which award categories best suit your current situation.
Entry to the awards is a simple process involving the submission of a written application which addresses the award category criteria. You don’t have to format a fancy document or make a pretty brochure full of pictures and video links – all you have to do is answer the questions for the award category in a simple Word document. Your application will be assessed on the merit of those responses to the award category criteria, and shortlisted applicants are then further assessed via a judges’ site visit or interview.
No, entry in the South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards is free.
Entries open 9.00am Tuesday 7 May 2019 and close at 5.00pm Monday 1 July 2019. Please note, late entries cannot be accepted.
One of the many benefits of entering the South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards is the opportunity it gives businesses to increase your brand profile and showcase your achievements. Food South Australia engages in multiple promotional activities throughout the awards program to support our applicants and nominees. We therefore ask that the business name you use in your application is the one you what you want to appear in all subsequent marketing, media content and announcements.
Applicants are only excluded from submitting an entry in a category if they won the award for that category in the previous year.
Entry in any open business category, with the exception of the Emerging Business and Service Provider Awards, automatically enters your business in the Business Excellence Award. You can enter up to two open business award categories in addition to the Business Excellence Award.
It’s always a good idea to bring everything up to date but any previous applications can give you a great headstart. Make the process as easy as you can for yourself and always save any previous award applications you’ve written, including those for other award programs. Make sure you check the questions carefully for any changes/differences each year, and update/adapt your answers accordingly.
As a service provider to the industry, you are eligible to apply for the Service Provider Award. This award category was added to the awards program for the purpose of recognising the valuable contribution made by local service provider companies to food and beverage manufacturers and is the only business award category open to service providers.
Each award is judged by a panel of judges comprising representatives from the food and beverage industry and government agencies with relevant experience for that category. These panels are overseen by the Independent Chair of Judging to ensure impartiality.
There are two stages in the judging process. The first is the assessment of all the written submissions. This takes place in July. If you or your business are shortlisted to the second stage of judging, either an interview will be conducted (for individual award applicants) or a site visit of your business premises will be arranged (for entrants in the open award categories). We will advise you if you have been shortlisted to confirm a time for this interview or site visit. There is a set period for this stage of judging, commencing in mid to late August and you will need to ensure you are available during that time.
The site visit or interview is your opportunity to support your written application through a presentation, additional documentation or a tour. The more evidence you have for your entry, the greater your chance to impress the judges. Preparation for these visits or interviews is what makes the difference in selecting finalists and winners, so make the most of this opportunity to show the judges the way you do things!
To accommodate all the system, people, process and operational differences between small businesses and larger businesses, each open award category is divided into two sizes, ie those with up to 15 Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) and those with more than 15 FTEs.
For the purposes of awards judging, the definition of full time equivalent staff are those involved in production and manufacturing, but excluding retail sales representatives. Click here to see how to calculate your FTEs.
The written application has word limits so make those words count. Make sure you are answering the question and providing evidence to support your case. This is why the application process is a great opportunity to work ‘on’ your business for a little while, instead of ‘in’ it. It can even help you with your business and marketing planning later, but it’s important to understand that your written entry is not a marketing tool. You’re not selling your product or service to a customer, you’re telling a judging panel how you go about what you do and why that means you should be considered for an award.
Be clear and succinct in the messages you convey and use dot points to make that message as easy to read and understand as possible.
The judges are most interested in finding out what you’re doing now, what you’re planning to do in the future, what approach you’ll take to achieve this, how you monitor your outcomes, and how you’ve changed and grown along the way.
Applicants will be contacted by phone in early August if they have been shortlisted for the second stage of judging. Finalists will be announced on Wednesday 16 October 2019 and winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Friday 22 November 2019.