Foodbank recognises CHEP for Outstanding Industry Contribution
Foodbank Australia last night recognised the exceptional
contribution of four companies in tackling the growing issue of
food insecurity in Australia.
Kraft Foods, CHEP, HJ Heinz and Virgin Australia were the
diverse group of companies which received Foodbank Awards at the
Australian Food and Grocery Council's (AFGC) Industry Leaders Forum
Dinner held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
On announcing the Award recipients, Enzo Allara, Chairman of
Foodbank Australia said, "Motivated by the desire to achieve our
vision of ending hunger in Australia, we ask much of our food and
grocery industry partners and they never fail to respond. We will
keep pushing but it is also important to pause and take the time to
celebrate some of the outstanding individual contributions that
make our work possible."
"It's always a difficult decision to single out recipients in
the face of the generosity of the industry as a whole and this year
was no exception. That said I can confidently say that the
companies being acknowledged this year truly exemplify the
attributes of a Foodbank friend."
AFGC CEO, Mr Gary Dawson said the AFGC was proud to sponsor the
Foodbank Awards as part of its annual Industry Leaders Forum
Dinner, to mark the achievements of the food and grocery sector in
giving practical help to those in need.
"The food sector is committed to minimising food waste and
helping the hungry by donating large volumes of food and groceries
to Foodbank Australia," Mr Dawson said.
This year Foodbank's Leadership Award was presented to Kraft
Foods for, Enzo announced: "the truly integrated approach it takes
to its Foodbank relationship which spans multiple programs and all
areas of the organisation". Examples included the donation of
100,000 packets of Mac & Cheese, 1.5 million Cadbury Easter
Eggs as well as financial support and Vegemite for School Breakfast
On the communications front, Kraft Foods provided funding and
expertise for Foodbank's new Community Service Announcements,
support for Foodbank Victoria's Fun Run and were one of the
partners in last year's World Food Day's 'Bridge the Hunger Divide'
campaign. On top of this Kraft Foods has an ongoing commitment to
volunteering including last year making crackers for Foodbank
On receiving the Leadership Award, Darren O'Brien, Managing
Director - Grocery at Kraft Foods, said: "We're absolutely
delighted to have the efforts of our business and our employees
recognised by Foodbank through this award tonight.
We know that doing good for the community is also good for
business, and our employees know how easy it is to make a positive
impact on other people's lives.
So to bring together our passion and resources and work with
Foodbank, we know that we can really make a difference."
The Collaboration Award was presented to CHEP for being a
pivotal partner in the proactive provision of the staple foods
essential to providing balanced meals on a daily basis.
"CHEP is the unsung hero of Foodbank's Collaborative Supply
program. Quite simply, without CHEP, Foodbank would be unable to
move the food it manufactures to where it's needed. This is also
true of much of our rescued products," said Enzo.
CHEP's role goes beyond pallets, crates and bins to include
valuable help and advice on aspects of transport and logistics.
CHEP is a member of the Foodbank Fresh Produce Industry Group which
will be working to increase the volume of fresh fruit and vegetable
On receiving the Collaboration Award, Phillip Austin, President
of CHEP Australia & New Zealand, said: "Working with Foodbank
is a great fit because we look for community partners that are like
us - practical in their approach to making a difference by
pragmatically tackling the job that needs to be done. Foodbank
provides us with the opportunity to use the fundamentals of our
business doing something that really connects with our people and
enables them to leverage their expertise."
Foodbank's Innovation Award went to HJ Heinz who is a regular
provider of surplus and last year agreed to participate, for the
second time, in the Collaborative Supply Program by producing
62,000 cans of Hamper Corned Beef. "What they didn't know was that,
just days before the scheduled production date, the Heinz Wagga
Wagga factory would be hit by floods. They would have been forgiven
for delaying or cancelling the production, but instead staff showed
tenacity and creativity in ensuring that the run went ahead," Enzo
On receiving the Innovation Award, Jessica Ramsden, Corporate
Affairs Manager, said: "The floods served to remind staff of the
strength of the Wagga community in helping each other during
difficult times. The Heinz Wagga team has always been active in
fundraising to support the local community, so it went without
saying that they would do what was necessary to follow through on
the commitment to Foodbank."
Finally the Partnership Award was presented to Virgin Australia.
"Foodbank is a truly national operation with food coming from every
corner of the country - be it from primary producers, manufacturers
or retailers - and then going to wherever it is needed. Our
business is driven by strong relationships and these are best
developed face to face. With Virgin Australia's help we are able to
do that. In addition, every dollar we save on airfares means two
extra meals we are able to provide to people who need them," Enzo
Virgin Australia Group Executive of Corporate Communications,
Danielle Keighery, said the airline was delighted to accept the
Partnership Award. "The Foodbank network provides vital
assistance to many welfare groups and Virgin Australia is a proud
partner. Virgin Australia has been supporting Foodbank since 2010
with domestic flights, advertisements on inflight entertainment and
raising the organisation's great work through the on-board
magazine, Voyeur," she said.