Food companies triumph in Australian Export Awards

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 12th December 2011

Two Australian food companies have been honoured for export achievements at the 49th Australian Export Awards.

The Australian Export Awards, co-presented by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is one of Australia’s oldest business award programs.

Victoria-based dairy company, Longwarry Food Park, won the Agribusiness Award. Longwarry Food Park exports milk powders and dairy-based products to Asia, Africa and the Middle East and has increased exports by 60 per cent in the past 12 months.

Almondco, based in Renmark, South Australia, won the Regional Exporter Award. Almondco is a regional agribusiness supplied by over 80 per cent of Australia’s almond growers. The company, which markets natural and value-added almond products to more than 35 countries, achieved A$38 million in exports for the 2010 season.

The Awards were presented at a recent gala event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland.

Trade Minister Craig Emerson, who presented the awards said, “Australia is a vibrant, competitive economy which owes its good reputation in the world to its entrepreneurs, business people and investors.”

“With the high Australian dollar making life difficult for most of our exporters, these finalists and so many more have excelled in finding new ways of successfully marketing their products and services in tough global markets,” he said.

The award ceremony was the culmination of a series of state and territory competitions which resulted in a final field of 75 national contenders.