New product developers look at Australian produce awards

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 17th July 2013

Innovation and new product ideas were a feature of the winners of the 8th annual ABC ‘delicious Produce Awards’ announced at a recent dinner in Sydney. The awards showcase some of Australia’s best small food producers and reveal potential new product ideas and opportunities for food retailers and restaurants.

According to the event organisers, more than 3,000 nominations were received for the 2013 awards, which “recognise outstanding contributions by small and artisan producers and the growing interest in sustainability”. The awards dinner included canapés that showcased some of the winners’ and finalists’ products.

Leading chefs and industry experts – including Shannon Bennett, Guillaume Brahimi, Christine Manfield, Alla Wolf-Tasker, Maggie Beer, Colin Holt, Simon Johnson, John Susman and ‘delicious’ magazine food editor Valli Little – came together to judge the produce.

Non-produce categories were decided by a panel of critics, including John Lethlean, Necia Wilden, Simon Marnie, Simon Thomsen, Matt Preston and Jane Adams.

Award winners

From the sea

One Sea Rottnest Island Scallops, Western Australia (Primary)

From the paddock

Flinders Island Meat Milk-Fed Lamb, Tasmania (Primary)

Piper Street Food Company Pork Rillettes, Victoria (Artisan)

From the earth

Otway Forest Supreme Shitake, Victoria (Primary)

Mount Zero Olives Biodynamic French Style Green Lentils, Victoria

From the dairy

Tongonal Goat ‘Curdy’, Tasmania (Primary)

The Butter Factory Myrtleford Culture and Lightly Salted Butter, Victoria (Artisan)

Best new product

Seafood Tasmania Bay of Fires Uni (AAA Grade Sea Urchin Roe), Tasmania

Outstanding Farmers’ Market

Harvest Launceston Farmers’ Market

ABC delicious Produce Awards announced