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17/10/2014

WISA announces Supplier of the Year Award winners

Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA) presented its 2014 Supplier of the Year Award winners to an audience of 160 wine industry professionals at the Adelaide Festival Centre last night.

Lallemand Australia outshone 12 other finalists to win the highly coveted Tarac Technologies Supplier of the Year Award, presented by award sponsor Fraser Ainsworth AM, Tarac Australia chairman.

“Lallemand’s success is owing to truly understanding the nuances and intricacies of the wine industry, not just as a whole, but also down to a region specific level," the judges said.

"Lallemand have an unparalleled product knowledge and development agenda and are engaged with multiple facets of the industry including providing support programs for students and collaborating with research and industry bodies.

"Their enthusiasm and passion for their products permeates through all their work and they are deserved winners of such a prestigious award.”

FMR Group received the Banrock Station Environment & Sustainability Award and were recognised for the environmental benefits delivered by its R-Series sprayer.

“FMR has identified a set of clear market needs around minimising spray losses and optimising efficiency and effectiveness of spray delivery and coverage," the judges said.

"Not only does the R-Series sprayer provide improved outcomes for people, planet and profit, but it also helps improve public perceptions of the wine industry and its reputation in relation to chemical spray drift.

"The sprayer is suited to Australian conditions and is intrinsically safer for growers, operators, the public and most importantly the environment."

The DW Fox Tucker Lawyers Innovation Award was awarded to 3M Purification for its ZetaPlus™ MH Series Filters, with judges saying the company has made a significant leap forward in the area of wine filtration.

"Specifically designed and manufactured in Australia to meet our industry’s needs, the ZetaPlusTM MH Series Filters offer better utilisation of the depth of the filter meaning it filters longer and removes the finest material," they added.

"The innovative filter reduces capital costs for winery, fits to existing machinery, contributes to better quality wine, extends cartridge life and is applicable to both small and large wineries.”

In awarding the Wine Business Magazine Export Award to Seaway Logistics, the judges stated “Seaway Logistics has taken a regional centre in Australia, revamped the transport network and launched the people and its products to the rest of the world".

"This innovative redesign of road-rail-port options required a change of thinking but has added significant efficiency, timeliness and cost effectiveness to a major component of our national wine exports.

"Seaway demonstrated it’s not about being everything to everyone but rather tailoring to what the individual customers and regions need. Their bulk wine intermodal logistic offering in Mildura is a key example of this.”

The Chairman’s Industry Engagement Award was presented to Winegrapes Australia and Seppeltsfield Wines, a division of The Randall Wine Group, for their collaborative approach in developing and executing a grape quality improvement program titled Project Everest.

“Winegrapes Australia and Seppeltsfield Wines in collaboration with selected grapegrowers have developed a supply improvement program over several vintages that delivered win-win outcomes in tonnage and grape quality for all parties," Tim Duval, WISA vice-chairman said.

"Winegrapes Australia helped to foster improved communication between the winery and the grower, whilst critically empowering the grower to drive for continuous improvement in consistency and quality."

The judging panel, which consisted of sponsors and industry representatives, along with WISA committee members, were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries received for the this year’s awards.

Other notable finalists were Phoenix Society, WineWorks, Enoplastic Australia, Foote Francis, Hydrosmart, RGB Industries, Winery Technologies and Randox Food Diagnostics.

Matthew Moate, WISA executive officer, said decisions this year were extremely difficult and "we thank all the companies that participated".

Adding to the awards presentation, WISA also successfully ran a raffle and silent auction to raise money for its official charity partner the Leukaemia Foundation and the Association.

More than $10,000 worth of items and experiences were donated for the evening. “The event has really gone from strength to strength over the past few years," Moate said.

"This year we witnessed 30 per cent growth in attendees. It is more than an industry awards night but a fun gala event recognising excellence in the wine supply-sector and some exciting fundraising initiatives.

"Next week we look forward to announcing our winner of our ‘Get Social with Us’ campaign that had guests posting to social media throughout the night with our tag #WISA_SOTY."

The 2014 WISA Supplier of the Year Awards was supported by DW Fox Tucker Lawyers, Tarac Technologies, Accolade Wines, Wine Business Magazine, Vinpac International, Pellenc Australia, Visage Audio Visual and MGA Insurance Brokers.

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