Limestone Coast Regional Award
The Advantage SA 2012 Limestone Coast Regional Awards was held at a special presentation evening at the Commodore Motel in Mount Gambier on 31st October, 2012.
Hosted by local media personality Alan Richardson, the event was attended by more than 100 of the Limestone Coast community coming together to celebrate and congratulate all winners and finalists.
Advantage SA CEO Karen Raffen congratulated all winners from the region on their success.
To acknowledge their achievements, winners received a Glass Pear Trophy. Winners also received a framed certificate signed by the Premier of South Australia and an honorary regional membership to Advantage SA in 2013.
Holla-Fresh won the Food and Innovation categories as well as being elevated into the Hall of Fame (Hall of Fame inductees require 3 or more awards won, including previous years, to become part of the Hall of Fame).
The Advantage SA 2012 Limestone Coast Regional Awards was held at a special presentation evening at the Commodore Motel in Mount Gambier on 31st October, 2012. Left to right: Wendy Whiley (Administration and Events at Food SA) presented Paul Lines (Packhouse Manager), Ian Lines (Managing Director), Kimberley Lines (Quality Assurance Co-ordinator) with the Green Pear Award and certificate for the Food and Innovation Awards.
Advantage SA held their Regional Awards State Finale at the InterContinental Adelaide on 30 November, 2012, where all category winners from the seven regions were celebrated.
The ceremony was the finale to seven regional award nights around the state to pick an overall winner in each category.
Representatives attended from the Barossa, Far North, Hills and Coast, Limestone Coast. Murraylands and Riverland, Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula and Yorke and Mid North.
The Department of Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy Innovation Award was presented to Managing Director, Ian Lines, who attended the function with his family, who are also involved with the running of the family-owned business.
The Holla-Fresh owners were recognised for their development of a unique, automated growing system which has been sold around the nation.
Holla-Fresh is at the forefront of emerging technology and systems within the industry.
Through extensive research, including overseas visits, the company has developed leading edge technology and undertaken consistent research programs that have led to the design of a unique automated growing system.
The system has been so successful that in the past 12 months Holla-Fresh has started selling it and their expertise to the national market. It has established a one hectare glasshouse to produce 13 varieties of herbs and leafy vegetables in an enclosed protected environment and has installed additional heating for the glasshouse to increase product growth during winter.
Ian Lines (Holla-Fresh Managing Director) with Lance Worrall (Deputy Chief Executive of Manufacturing and Innovation), receiving the Golden Pear Award for Innovation, at the InterContinental Adelaide on 30 November, 2012.
FOOD SA AWARDS
As a result of the Limestone Coast Award for Food, Holla-Fresh were nominated for the Regional Award. Food SA judges visited onsite to view the facilities and ask questions.
The Food SA Awards were held on November 16, 2012, at a Presentation Gala Dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre, where Holla-Fresh were presented with a finalist certificate.