Saturday 17 November 2018

It’s official: the suppliers making the biggest impact in Australian wine

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Amorim Australasia, WineWorks Australia and Studio S2 Architects are among elite businesses recognised in the 2018 National Wine Industry Impact Awards presented last night in Adelaide.

The awards, sponsored by WBM – Australia’s Wine Business Magazine – celebrate the achievements of businesses that have made major contributions to the capability and competitiveness of the sector.

Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA) presented the awards in a ceremony at the Adelaide Town Hall attended by more than 400 influential industry leaders from around the nation.

Independent industry experts selected the winners from 15 short-listed businesses nominated in categories including grapegrowing, winemaking, packaging, distribution and logistics, marketing and communications and tourism along with a start-up category recognising emerging enterprises introducing dynamic products and services.

WISA executive officer Matthew Moate said the winners were visionary and progressive businesses making a positive impact on the Australian wine industry, which employs about 172,000 people in 65 grapegrowing regions that contribute over $40 billion a year to the national economy.

“All entrants presented excellent qualifications for the awards, challenging the judges to select the best of the best as winners,” he said.

“They are the toast of the industry as companies that have brought dynamic services and solutions along the wine industry supply chain from vineyard to the glass, including memorable consumer and tourism experiences.”

Tim Whetstone, the State Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, and Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark led congratulations to the winners.

The winners in their categories:

TracMap
Grape Growing Award Partnered by Bentleys SA
TracMap is supplying growers and contractors with sophisticated GPS guidance systems and cloud-based applications for precision management of vineyards.

IMCD Group
Winemaking partnered by DW Fox Tucker Lawyers
The IMCD Group in Australia and New Zealand supplies the Proteotest kit from Vason, which allows winemakers to quickly, accurately and reliably determine protein stability in wine for greater preservation of its integrity and reduction of over fining that impacts sensory qualities.

Amorim Australasia
Packaging partnered by Australian Vintage Limited
Amorim Australasia is an exemplary supplier of cork closures demonstrated by a multi-million dollar research and development focus supporting the Australian wine industry by enhancing domestic and export quality and reputation.

Best Bottlers
Engineering category partnered by Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Best Bottlers has delivered innovative automation solutions that increase speed, reduce costs and provide greater flexibility in small format packaging options for their customers.

WineWorks Australia
Distribution and Logistics partnered by MGA Insurance Brokers
WineWorks Australia has made major investments in infrastructure and services to create best fit transport, warehousing, reworking and export solutions for clients along the complete supply chain. The company also won this prestigious award in 2016.

BrandPrint
Marketing and Communications partnered by WBM – Australia’s Wine Business Magazine
BrandPrint’s off-the-shelf business intelligence software implemented by Australian Vintage Ltd is providing greater capability across the supply chain to analyse sales data resulting in enhanced efficiency and profitability.

Studio S2 Architects
Tourism partnered by Cathay Pacific Airways
Studio S2 Architects specialises in providing architectural and interior design and education with a focus on wine tourism.  It introduces best practice for tourism elements including cellar door experiences and business growth.

Rapid Phenotyping
Start-Up partnered by Casella Family Brands
Rapid Phenotyping is an emerging platform for instantly measuring chemicals throughout the entire wine making cycle from nutrients in the soil, the uptake of nutrients to the vine and then sugar, tannin and acid levels of the fruit.

Minister Whetstone said: “The awards recognise the contribution of innovative and world leading technologies to improve the capability and competitiveness of the nation’s wine industry.”

Andreas Clark said: “The Australian grape and wine community is renowned for its innovative spirit, and this extends across the sector and its value chain. The support along the supply chain is important to increasing the competitiveness of our whole sector, and I congratulate all of the finalists and winners for your recognition in this year’s Wine Industry IMPACT Awards.”

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