Foodbank Awards reward food industry’s support

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 29th October 2009

Foodbank, Australia’s largest hunger-relief charity, last night honoured Australia’s leading food and grocery manufacturing companies and other industry leaders at the annual Foodbank Awards. Among the biggest winners were CBH Group and Amcor, who both shared in two awards, and Coles, who claimed the Leadership Award.

The prestigious awards were presented by television personality and Foodbank Australia champion Ernie Dingo and Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon at the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s (AFGC) Annual Industry Leaders’ Dinner in Canberra.

Foodbank Australia receives generous support from about 450 food companies to deliver valuable food and drink supplies to every state via charities, including St Vincent De Paul.

Foodbank Australia Chief Executive Officer John Webster said through the generous support of food and grocery manufacturers, Foodbank enables major welfare agencies across Australia to distribute around 60,000 meals every day.

“These companies do a wonderful job to help alleviate hunger in Australia – the efforts of people involved in supporting the food and grocery industry by donating time and resources are also recognised in the awards,” he advised.

AFGC Chief Executive Kate Carnell said the awards were an ideal opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the food and grocery sector in reducing food waste and helping those in need.

The winners of this year’s awards included:

The Leadership Award – Coles Supermarkets

The Innovation Award – CBH Group

Collaboration Award – Simplot (with support from Unilever, Fresh Exchange, Monaghan Fresh Produce, Givaudan, Penford, International Flavours & Fragrances, Manildra Group, Impress, Labelmakers, Amcor and AECOM)

Collaboration Award – CBH Group, Nestle, Amcor, Toll Group & FaHCSIA

Partnership Award – TV personality Ernie Dingo, Mark Communications and C4 Communications.

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