The Best New Product Awards is an annual event that recognises products that have launched in the food industry in the last 12 months.

This year saw a large number of entries in each of its four categories: retail, hospitality equipment, bakery and foodservice. From hospitality ticket systems, handcrafted chai and gold truffle mustard to tahini wasabi, golden turmeric elixir and donut fryers, there was a varied list of products to choose from, with entrants from all over the world.

Fine Food Australia event director, Minnie Constan, hosted the ceremony, a cocktail function at the Showtime Events Centre in Melbourne.

“2016 proved to be an exciting year for our industry – there’s been many interesting trends, interest in foods and industry innovations that have seen so much evolve. As an industry, we constantly need to keep up with consumer demands. The Best New Product Awards have demonstrated that we aren’t just keeping up, but we’re doing it exceptionally well with businesses creating some incredible innovative products. These awards are both for recognitions and for celebrating everything that is great about the business we are in.”

Winners of the 2016 Best New Product Awards are:

Best New Hospitality Equipment Product Awards

Winner: Winterhalter UC Excellence i by Winterhalter

Finalist: AUS-ION™ ‘Satin’ by Solidteknics

Finalist: Frix Air by Sammic Australia


Best New Foodservice Product Awards

Winner: Tea & Spice Handcrafted Chai by Tea & Spice

Finalist: Dim Sum & Co by Land of Plenty Food Co

Finalist: Avovita Avocade Chocolate Mousse by Fresh Produce Alliance


Best New Bakery Product Awards

Winner: Otentic Durum by Puratos Australian-New Zeleand

Finalist: QBO Universal Processing System by Van Rooy Machinery

Finalist: Coloured Baking Moulds by Confoil


Best New Retail Awards

Winner: Bickford and Sons Sparkling Range by Bickfords Australia

Finalist: Casalare Gluten Free Range by Spiral Foods (NSW)

Finalist: Gelista Premium Icecream and Gelati 570ml tub by Eurostore

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