Seasons of the Sun shining in awards mix
  • Saturday 26 November 2011

Three participants in the Sunshine Coast’s Seasons of the Sun food and beverage alliance took out gongs at the recent 2011 Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business Awards.

Woombye’s STROM Spirits won the Food & Beverage Production Small Business Award.

The company produces a spirit drink based on a traditional heritage recipe dating back to 1870. Its Czech origin lies deep within the heart of Europe, handcrafted in small limited batches to a premium quality.

"STROM is like tasting a piece of history in every bottle and it has been reinvented and blended with Australian flavours for a smooth, flowing taste," company principal Hana Tolhoek said.

A second winner was Suncoast Fresh of Coolum Beach, winning the Food & Beverage Production Large Business Award section.

"Suncoast Fresh provides secondary wholesale solutions for the fresh fruit and vegetable needs of the retail trade," owner Graeme Twine said.

"Specifically, it supplies restaurants, cafes, hospitals, clubs, small grocery stores and retirement homes."

Nambour’s Husk and Honey, operated by Tania Hubbard, walked away with the Hospitality Small Business Award.

Seasons of the Sun is backed by Sunshine Coast Council, as a means of collectively marketing the Coast as a premier region for high-quality food and beverage growth, production and value-adding.

Sunshine Coast Council Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Portfolio Councillor Lew Brennan, congratulated the winners.

"These businesses are not only places of excellence in their own right; they are doing the Sunshine Coast justice as we showcase ourselves to the nation and the world," he said.

"It is our aim to position the Sunshine Coast as a – if not the – premier food and beverage production region in Australia, and we are well and truly on track to achieve that.

"Hana, Graeme and Tania can stand proud today, not only for their entrepreneurial achievements but for the continued ambassadorship they give the Coast."