Celebrating The Winners Of The 2022 Sydney Markets Fresh Awards

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Robyn Foyster Robyn Foyster has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Jul 11, 2022

When food is put on the table, you may not think of the community behind the meal you are about to tuck into but they are part of an industry that is as diverse and passionate as the best foodies among us.

So when they get together to celebrate the early morning rises and toil behind delivering fresh food, it’s an extravagant affair – and this year’s 2022 Sydney Markets Fresh Awards was a true testament to that.

Held at the ICC Sydney recently, the cream of NSW and ACT’s florists, greengrocers, providors, wholesalers and content creators gathered for the first Sydney Markets Fresh Awards after a two year hiatus with gusto.

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For the heroes of our food and florist industry, it was a chance to have their achievements and resilience, particularly throughout the challenges faced with the pandemic and natural disasters, acknowledged – and newsreader Chris Bath was once again the Master of Ceremonies and in the spirit of the event dressed up as a pilot, signalling that the hard times are behind us and the community is set to fly again.

The Sydney Markets annual Fresh Awards are a much anticipated industry event and in all 17 incredible winners amongst the fresh produce, floral and content industries were honoured. They were among 63 finalists across 17 categories of which, I had the privilege to be among the panel of judges, and have proudly been since the inception of these incredible awards.

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Sydney Markets Fresh Awards displays were as spectacular as ever

It’s easy to see why the Sydney Markets is so important to Australia. It is home to the Sydney Produce Market, Sydney Flower Market and Sydney Growers Market and supplied by over 20,000 local and interstate growers. In fact, more than 700 businesses call the Sydney Markets home, selling fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers to florists, fruit retailers and consumers.

Chris Bath
Chris Bath returns as Master of Ceremonies for the Fresh Awards

Recognising the hard work and passion by this community, Brad Latham, CEO of Sydney Markets, welcomed the night of celebration with the Markets community and acknowledged their incredible dedication.

Brad Latham, CEO of Sydney Markets
Brad Latham, CEO of Sydney Markets

“The Fresh Award contenders are some of the heroes of our industry,” said Brad Latham, CEO of the Sydney Markets. “They have had to navigate some of the most challenging times in business both with the pandemic and natural disasters, yet not only have they survived, many have thrived. These small businesses have remained cornerstones of our local communities, pivoting and adapting to ensure they can continue to service their customers.”

John Pearson, Chairman of Sydney Markets added, “These businesses are a credit to themselves, and to the industry in general. They work tirelessly to deliver top quality produce, customer service and value for money. Sydney Markets has been looking forward to commemorating our Fresh Awards finalists and winners with an awards ceremony like we have not seen before – and tonight’s event did not disappoint.”

John Pearson, Chairman of Sydney Markets
John Pearson, Chairman of Sydney Markets

Retailers and growers were evaluated through an intensive mystery shopping program. They were judged on everything from produce quality and freshness, customer service and industry knowledge, as well as their store appearance and innovative approaches.

Non-Retail / Studio Florist and Fresh Content creators were assessed by a panel of esteemed judges including journalists, authors and industry experts.

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Fresh food from the Sydney Markets on display

SYDNEY MARKETS FRESH AWARDS FINALISTS & WINNERS 2022

GREENGROCER AWARDS

Greengrocer of the Year:

WINNER: Fruitezy – Miranda

Finalists:

The Grocery Store – Miranda
The Whole Fruit and Grocery Store – Sylvania Ziggys Fresh – Fyshwick

Retail Presentation

WINNER: Tom’s Superfruits – Belconnen

Finalists:

Fruitezy – Miranda
LoSurdo’s Fresh Food Grocer – Northbridge Ziggys Fresh – Fyshwick

Knowledge in Action

WINNER: LoSurdo’s Fresh Food Grocer – Northbridge

Finalists:

Fruitezy – Chatswood Fruitezy – Miranda Tom’s Superfruits – Belconnen Ziggys Fresh – Fyshwick

Service Excellence

WINNER: Jannali Quality Fruit & Vegetables – Jannali

Finalists:

Fruitezy – Miranda
The Whole Fruit and Grocery Store – Sylvania Ziggys Fresh – Fyshwick

Best Small Business

WINNER: Wollombi Road Providore – Cessnock

Finalists:

Daily Fresh – Randwick
Summer Hill Village Fruit Shop – Summer Hill Thirroul Fruit Barn – Thirroul

Best Medium Business

WINNER: Willoughby Fresh – Willoughby

Finalists:

Menai Top of the Crop – Menai
The Whole Fruit and Grocery Store – Sylvania Thre3 Brothers Fresh – Dural

Best Large Business

WINNER: Ziggys Fresh – Fyshwick

Finalists:

Fruitezy – Miranda
LoSurdo’s Fresh Food Grocer – Northbridge The Grocery Store – Miranda

FLORIST AWARDS

Florist of the Year:

WINNER: Belfield Blooms – Belfield

Finalists:

Art of Bloom – Balmain Bella Floral Boutique – Morisset Your Favourite Florist – Engadine

Retail Presentation

B & M Florist – Monterey

Finalists:

Eden Flower Studio – Gregory Hills Floral Ink – Wentworth Falls Mary K Floral Design – Maroubra

Service Excellence

WINNER: Bella Floral Boutique – Morisset

Finalists:

Art of Bloom – Balmain
Eden Flower Studio – Gregory Hills Your Favourite Florist – Engadine

Merchandising and Branding

WINNER: Touchwood Flowers – Port Macquarie

Finalists:

Belfield Blooms – Belfield Funky Flowers – Caringbah Your Favourite Florist – Engadine

Non-retail/ Studio Florist

WINNER: HANANINGEN – Sydney

Finalists:

Florada – Waterloo
MN Floral Images – South Wentworthville Peony Story – Rosebery
The Naked Florist – Cardiff Heights

GROWERS AWARDS

Produce Grower of the Year:

WINNER: Grech Farm Trading – Theresa Park

Finalists:

Gourmet Herbs – Glossodia Grima’s Fresh Farm – Horsley Park Parilla Fresh – Milperra

Flower Grower of the Year:

WINNER: Bagala Bros Australia – Horsley Park

finalist:

Commercial Flowers – Kenthurst
S & P Dominello Flower Growers – Peats Ridge Thornton Bros Roses – Thirlmere

WHOLESALER AWARD

Wholesaler of the Year:

WINNER: Perfection Fresh – Sydney Markets

finalists:

Allcrops – Sydney Markets Alvaro Bros – Sydney Markets Tropicana Banana – Sydney Markets

Fresh Awards winners
Fresh Awards winners
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Sydney Markets team Head of Marketing Ned Tesic and CEO Brad Latham among those celebrating the Fresh Awards
Chris Bath and Fresh awards
Chris Bath and revellers at the Sydney Markets 2022 Fresh Awards in Sydney
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For more on the floral industry and the Sydney Markets, read the below story on Australian Native Flowers which are sold at the Sydney Flower Market.

The Beauty And Versatility Of Australian Native Flowers
The Beauty And Versatility Of Australian Native Flowers

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

By Robyn Foyster Robyn Foyster has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of the lifestyle websites TheCarousel.com, GameChangers.com.au and WomenLoveTech.com. She is the only person to edit and publish Australia's three biggest flagship magazines - The Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day and New Idea. Robyn was Group Publisher of Bauer Media's most successful and prestigious magazines including Woman's Day, Good Health, Grazia and ran Hearst in Australia including Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan and madison. Voted one of B&T's 30 Most Powerful Women In Media at the Women in Media Awards Robyn was a keynote speaker at Pause 2021, Cebit & J&J Women In Leadership. Robyn was also the winner of the prestigious Magazine Publisher Association’s Editor of the Year award.

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