- Thursday 27 September 2018
Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN), supports local producers for the prestigious awards which celebrate the best of the best across 126 classes in categories ranging from Pasta, Olive Oil, Regional Food and Branded Meat to Smallgoods and Charcuterie.
Having recently won Australia’s Best New Product at the Fine Food Expo in Melbourne, Hum Honey COLD FUSION ® continued its winning streak with gold for the organic lemon myrtle flavour in the Regional Food Class and Champion Product in the Regional Food Other Product category.
The wins didn’t stop there with silver awards for the organic Australian lavender and organic cinnamon quill blends, and a bronze award for the Australian organic ginger.
Cr Jenny McKay, whose hinterland division is home to many regional producers, said the awards were a testament to the high standard of products from the Sunshine Coast.
“The food and agribusiness industry on the Sunshine Coast is valued at $700 million and features more than 900 companies, including some of Australia’s leading food innovators and exporters, including Hum Honey,” Mrs McKay said.
“With a 23% increase in the economic value of agriculture over the last decade and demand expected to grow significantly from Asian markets, the Sunshine Coast is rapidly being recognised as one of the most dynamic locations for new food, beverage and agribusiness investment in Australia.”
Hum Honey founder Leisa Sams said her team was proud to be honoured with these awards.
“We have been working tirelessly on Hum Honey COLD FUSION ® for many years, so it’s thrilling to see the response from the community and the food industry,” Mrs Sams said
“Having the backing of FAN, we’ve been lucky to not only produce an award-winning product but also connect with other local business who need honey for their products.
“Over at QCamel, we’ve set up some bee hives on the property and also worked on a collaboration for a mango and honey yoghurt smoothie.
“It tastes delicious and potentially could be the next award winning product.”
QCamel owner and FAN board member Lauren Brisbane said the local produce on the Sunshine Coast rated as world class.
“We’ve been in business for 12 years and we know just how much hard work goes into producing an award winning product like Hum Honey COLD FUSION ®,” Mrs Brisbane said.
“It’s hard work being in agribusiness but definitely rewarding and here at FAN we want all our Sunshine Coast producers to be successful. We back them 100%.
“People from around the world want to experience the fresh produce from the Sunshine Coast and with products like this, the demand is set to continue.”
To find out more about food and agribusiness on the Sunshine Coast, visit invest.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
Image: Lauren Brisbane, (QCamel), Leisa Sams & Lincoln Sams (Hum Honey).