Awards & Prizes
2014 NZIFST Food Industry EXCELLENCE Award Winners & Finalists
Waste Management (NZ) Award for Excellence in Leadership
Winner - Keith Neylon (Blue River Dairy LP)
“Keith could not pass up the challenge of rescuing the then struggling Blue River Dairy Co-op, developing them into the leading sheep milk specialists in New Zealand. Keith is a truly inspiring leader; he supports, encourages and believes in his team to ensure it performs to the best of its capabilities.”
Finalist - Karen Staples (Pure Delish Ltd)
Finalist - Vladan Vukovic & Neil Cullen (Wimpex Ltd)
ECOLAB Award for Excellence in Eco-Efficiency
NZ Food Innovation Network Award for Excellence in Innovation
Finalist - Neil Cullen (New Zealand Dairy Brands Ltd)
Finalist - Jono Au-Young (Springbrook Foods)
2013 Jasol Award for Excellence in Leadership
WINNER: Juli Mercer, Hansells Food Group for being a guiding light during extensive changes to the business and never expecting anything of her team she wouldn’t be prepared to do herself.
Leadership Team, Greenlea Premier Meats Limited for their active and sustained leadership to achieve their vision of being the best and most progressive meat company in NZ.
2013 NZIFST Award for Excellence in Service & Supply
WINNER: NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge for their collaborative service involving teachers, students, the tertiary sector, Futureintech, the food industry, NZIFST and the RSNZ
Bob Olayo, FF Instrumentation Ltd for consistently going out of his way to ensure a very high level of service when helping to solve client’s problems and provide training.
David Anstice, Auckland Tourism Events Economic Development (ATEED) for his tireless promotional and developmental work with the food and beverage processing companies and academic institutions in the Auckland region.
2013 Ecolab Award for Excellence in Eco Efficiency
WINNER: Engineering Team, Fonterra Brands NZ: Te Roto Specialty Cheese Plant for their vision and hard work with a new plant to achieve an energy capture that now exceeds specification.
Dominion Salt & Aurecon NZ Ltd for their novel upgrade of the Dominion Salt Vacuum Plant that has increased production capacity of pharmaceutical and food grade salt by significantly more that the planned 50%.
2013 MPI Award for Excellence in Innovation
WINNER: Megan Howard, JH Whittaker & Sons Ltd for their pink-coloured chocolate to raise money for breast cancer awareness.
Kerry Johnson, Soulo Company for innovation and perseverance leading to a new process of filling wine directly into plastic.
Chloe Pizzato, Fonterra Brands for making functional yoghurt relevant to their consumers and re-launching Symbio with new branding, positioning, packaging, formulation and communication.
2012 NZIFST Food Industry EXCELLENCE Award Winners
Read the citations Excellence Awards Citations 2012
Excellence in INNOVATION
2012 Runner-up Eric Arndt, Aria Farms; President Cathy McArdle; Katy Bluett (on behalf of winner Fiona Hyland, Tip Top Ice Bar)
Excellence in ECO-EFFICIENCY
(Sponsored by Ecolab)
Greg McGaghey & Alastair Campbell (Winner), Bluebird Foods; Cameron Gilliland, Ecolab; Runner-up James Good, Fonterra Te Roto
Excellence in LEADERSHIP
(Sponsored by Jasol New Zealand)
Winner – Pierre van Heerden, Sanitarium (left), Runner-up David Tanner, Zespri with Graham Lee from Jasol (Absent – Runner-up Sharon Angus Silver Fern Farms)
Excellence in SERVICE or SUPPLY
David Calder, Arrow International (runner-up); Winner Sue Reynolds, Chch EHO Team; President Cathy McArdle; Carolyn Lister, Plant and Food Research(Runner-up)
2011 - Ecolab Award for Excellence in Eco-Efficiency
WINNER: Fonterra Canpac (for reduced waste to landfill & extensive recycling initiatives)
RUNNER-UP: Orica Chemnet (for "Resource Hunt" and "Green Office" sustainability programmes)
2011 - Orica Chemnet Award for Excellence in Innovation
WINNER: Riddet Institute (For ProBioLife)
RUNNER-UP: Mana Shuzou NZ Ltd (for Shochu)
RUNNER-UP: Ovine Automation Limited (for Auto Brisket Cutting & Evisceration)
2010 - Ecolab Award for Excellence in Eco-Efficiency
WINNER: Coca-Cola Amital (for 99% recycling goal)
RUNNER-UP: Silver Fern Farms (for change to 100% recyclable cardboard dunnage)
2010 - NZIFST Award for Excellence in Service & Supply
WINNER: mbar Limited (for service of vacuum pumps and blowers)
RUNNER-UP: The Chip Group (for improving the nutrient profile of food service chips)
2010 - NZIFST Award for Excellence in Innovation
WINNER: Mars Petcare NZ (for Whiskas Tasty Textures)
RUNNER-UP: Kiwi Ice Cream Company Limited (for low fat, low carbohydrate icecream)
2010 - Orica Chemnet Award for Excellence in Leadership
WINNER: Glenda Gourley (Chairperson, The Chip Group)
RUNNER-UP: Don Tweeddale (Apiarist - for Manuka Honey initiatives)