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UP FOR A CHALLENGE?

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SPONSORED by iCiX the Approved Supplier Exchange, the FOOD Magazine Challenge Awards program has been established to recognise and reward excellence in Australia’s food and drink processing industry, and to recognise industry leaders in their drive to ‘best practice’ food and drink processing.

The awards are open to all companies regardless of size that have a food and drink processing presence in Australia.

There are nine award categories - see opposite page for details - with entrants required to demonstrate product innovation in ingredients, processing, safety, packaging, export and marketing.

A ‘best in show award’ will also be presented.

As a processor, nominating your company for a FOOD Magazine Challenge Award is an excellent way of recognising all the effort and hard work your company has put in over the past year.

Entry is free and the deadline for entries is 2 May 2005.

Winners will be presented with their award at a gala event alongside FoodPro 2005 from 10 to 13 July at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, and announced in the August 2005 issue of FOOD Magazine.

Here are several good reasons for winning an award, becoming a finalist or just entering.

1. Receive a trophy

Award winners will receive in front of leading industry peers an attractive trophy commemorating their achievement at a special Awards Ceremony held alongside FoodPro2005 at Darling Harbour, Sydney from 10 to 13 July.

2. It‘s a great marketing and sales tool

Award winners and finalists will be able to use the FOOD Magazine Challenge Awards logo on their products, stationery, company signage and marketing materials.

Winning an Award or becoming a finalist is an opportunity to prove to consumers, customers and suppliers the success of your business. It is an independent and prestigious endorsement of the quality of your company.

Being part of the Awards program may boost sales by opening doors to new suppliers, customers, investors and partners.

A FOOD Magazine Challenge Award will tell them your company should be taken seriously.

3. Boost staff morale

Participating in the Awards will instil confidence and pride in employees throughout the organisation; it recognises your people’s hard work and ideas.

Working through the application will highlight the benefits of your project or management expertise to the business as a whole; help you gain important insights into your group’s performance; and raise the profile of your group’s activities within the organisation.

Instill a sense of accomplishment in your employees. Create awareness for the valuable contributions they make to your products and services. Watch their competitive spirit soar!

4. Focus on your operations

In working through your application you will be assessing the value of your operations; adding to strategic planning; focusing on business growth strategies; and gaining insights into staff performance.

5. Help win funding for grants and R&D

Winning a Challenge Award or becoming a finalist demonstrates a commitment to innovation, best practice and excellence in product development.

With an accolade you stand a much better chance of convincing decision makers on funding for grants and R&D.

6. Distinguish yourself from the competition

Be perceived as an industry leader by your customers, earning their respect and admiration for accomplishments that improve your business and theirs.

7. Adopt a winning attitude

Winning an award is a great way to recognise individual effort and motivate others to adopt a winning attitude.

When do applications open?

Now. The closing date for entries is 2 May, 2005. Entry is free.

Does it cost anything to enter?

No. It’s free to enter.

Who‘s eligible?

Any company that is engaged in food and/or drink processing in Australia may enter.

Any processed food or beverage product developed in Australia during 2004 and 2005 is eligible.

Companies can enter all the award categories. Each will be judged on its own merits.

How do we enter?

For each entry, submit a nomination cover form, a nomination questionnaire form, and at least two different colour images or graphics, which complement the written description. Images must be provided in .JPG or .GIF format at 300 dpi resolution.

Do we have to respond to all criteria in the entry form?

No. Each entry will be judged on is own merits and will not be influenced by the number of performance criteria it qualifies.

You do not have to respond to each criteria.

How many judges are there? Who are they?

There is a panel of three judges per category. Judges include industry association representatives, legal practitioners, and consultants.

Will the information we provide be published?

If your entry becomes a finalist the editor of FOOD Magazine will contact you to request publishing some information about your entry.

Where can we get an entry kit?

Email your details to food@reedbusiness.com.au.au or contact FOOD Magazine editor Jamie Wade on (02) 9422 2620.

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