NEW ZEALAND BEVERAGE AWARDS

The New Zealand Beverage Awards were created to promote and publicise the high quality of non-alcoholic recreational beverages produced by members of the New Zealand Beverage Council.

The awards are held in association with the annual New Zealand Beverage Council Conference.

The objectives of the awards include the following:

To promote innovation within the industry

To award manufacturing excellence

To promote awareness of the industry and its quality standards



Beverage Industry award winners named for 2016

Thursday 6 October 2016

Last night the New Zealand Beverage Industry held its annual awards ceremony in Taupo, and crowned the winners of its most coveted prize, the Supreme Award 2016.

Hosted by MC and funny man Jamie Bowen, the evening was the highlight of the three-day conference held at Wairakei Resort.

The winners were announced as follows:

    1. Best Juice/Juice Based Beverage (small manufacturer), sponsored by ADM Australia

        a. Barkers of Geraldine - Unsweetened Blackadder Blackcurrant Juice

    2. Best Juice/Juice Based Beverage (large manufacturer), sponsored by NZ Sugar

        a. Simply Squeezed Ltd Super Juice - Lemon, Ginger and Honey

    3. Best Lifestyle Beverage (small manufacturer), sponsored by Adhesif

        a. The Manuka Honey Drinks Co Ltd, Manukee – UMF10  Manuka honey, Lemon &
              Elderflower

    4. Best Lifestyle Beverage (large manufacturer), sponsored by Ecolab

        a. Frucor Beverages Ltd - V Pure

    5. Best Carbonated Beverage (large manufacturer), sponsored by PALL NZ

        a. Frucor Beverages Ltd - Humble

    6. Best Innovation in Bottled Water, sponsored by Directus

        a. Infinity Lifestyle Group NZ - Nak’d Artesian Water - Sparkling

    7. Supreme Award (small producer), sponsored by Sensient Technologies

        a. Barkers of Geraldine, Unsweetened Blackadder Blackcurrant Juice

    8. Supreme Award (large producer), sponsored by Sensient Technologies

        a. Simply Squeezed Ltd Super Juice - Lemon, Ginger and Honey.

The judges commented that “… manufacturers of some iconic brands have delivered some clever innovations in flavours,” and that “…there’s a general trend towards clean labels, less sugar, and more natural ingredients.” Their advice included asking small manufacturers to ensure they are aware of labelling regulations, especially around nutrition information panels. They also commented that some of the great products were let down by poor quality packaging.

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2015 NZBC New Zealand Juice & Beverage Awards

The NZBC annual Juice and Beverage Awards were judged in early August at the FoodBowl Innovation Centre. A total of 103 entries were received from 6 companies. The entries were across eight product categories and 5 special awards. Two new special awards were introduced this year – the Corporate Social Responsibility Award for products addressing NZer’s energy intake; and the Export Innovation Award for products which had achieved significant export success.

The Consumer Choice judges this year were Year 12 and 13 Nutrition students from Lynfield College; the Technical judges were Anne Scott (current President NZIFST), Dave Pooch (ex President and Fellow of NZIFST) and Martyn Atack, Cogito Foods. The College students assessed the product and its packaging on consumer appeal, the Technical judges on the product innovation and technical competence.

The Supreme Award for Small manufacturers was a repeat of last year with Simply Squeezed’s Feijoa Frenzy Smoothie taking out the top award.

The Supreme Award for the Large manufacturer went to Coca Cola Oceania with their Schweppes Ginger Beer Classic. Judges described this product as having great ginger flavour and a real fun alcohol alternative.



Although the number of entries was less than previous years, the quality of the products was high.

The 2015 winners are:

Category Sponsor Product Company
1 Best Short Shelf Life Chilled Fruit Juice NZ Sugar Co Ltd Arano 100% Orange Juice Simply Squeezed Ltd
2 Best Long Life Fruit Juice NZ Sugar Co Ltd Allganics Orange Mango Simply Squeezed Ltd
3 Best Milk Based Beverage Label Makers Wave Iced Coffee Frucor Beverages Ltd
4 Best Lifestyle Beverage Label Makers Feijoa Frenzy Smoothie Simply Squeezed Ltd
5 Best Tea Based Beverage Ecolab Allganics Peach Simply Squeezed Ltd
6 Best Low Calorie Beverage Directus International Baker Halls Lemon and Barley Coca-Cola Amatil NZ Ltd
7 Best Carbonated Beverage O-I New Zealand Schweppes Ginger Beer Classic Coca-Cola Oceania Ltd
8 Best Flavoured Water Beverage O-I New Zealand Mizone Lime Frucor Beverages Ltd
9 Consumer Choice Award Adhesif Labels Wave Chocolate Milk Frucor Beverages Ltd
10 Best New to Market Beverage Adhesif Labels Schweppes Ginger Beer Classic Coca-Cola Oceania Ltd
11 Export Innovation Award Orora Beverage Cans Maximus Frucor Beverages Ltd
12 Corporate Social Responsibility Award Orora Beverage Cans NZ Obesity Coca-Cola Oceania Ltd
13 SUPREME AWARD – (Small Producer) Sensient Technologies Smoothie Feijoa Frenzy Simply Squeezed Ltd
14 SUPREME AWARD – (Large Producer) Sensient Technologies Schweppes Ginger Beer Classic Coca-Cola Oceania Ltd

 



The 2014 winners were:

Category Sponsor Product Company
Best Short Shelf Life Chilled Fruit Juice Directus International Ltd Feijoa Frenzy Smoothie Simply Squeezed
Best Long Life Fruit Juice New Zealand Sugar Just Juice Tropical Frucor Beverages Ltd
Best Milk Based Beverage Pall NZ V Iced Coffee Frucor Beverages Ltd
Best Lifestyle Beverage ENZA Lift Plus Maximum Coca Cola Oceania
Best Tea Based Beverage Adhesif Print Ltd Allganics Peach and Black Tea Simply Squeezed
Best Low Calorie Beverage RD 2 International Just Juice 50% less sugar Pear and Apple Frucor Beverages Ltd
Best Carbonated Beverage Orora Group Fresh Up Big Fizz Crisp Apple Frucor Beverages Ltd
Best Flavoured Water Beverage O-I NZ Mizone Lime Frucor Beverages Ltd
Most Innovative Packaging Jenkins Group VitalZing Electrolyte - Autumn Gold VitalZing International Ltd
Best Industry Initiative Labelmakers Ltd Powerade Breakthrough Academy,  Powerade Challenge Coca Cola Oceania
Best New to Market Beverage Ecolab Fresh Up PET Apple and Orange Frucor Beverages Ltd
Consumer's Choice Award Cormack Packaging Lift Plus Maximum Coca Cola Oceania
SUPREME AWARD - (Small Producer) Sensient Technologies Feijoa Frenzy Smoothie Simply Squeezed
SUPREME AWARD - (Large Producer) Sensient Technologies Fresh Up Big Fizz Crisp Apple Frucor Beverages Ltd



Photos from the 2014 Juice & Beverage Awards Dinner and Awards presentations

 

2016 New Zealand Beverage Awards