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12th Annual President's Medal Finalists

Recognising not only extraordinary products, but the extraordinary businesses and people behind them

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Poachers Pantry

Poachers Pantry is a family owned business that began producing artisan smoked meats in 1991. Located on a farm close to Canberra it has built a loyal following through its on-farm restaurant, cellar door and farm shop and is now regarded as a regional food icon for the Canberra district. Poachers’ hot and cold smoked meats are used by chefs and caterers and are available at supermarkets and delis for Australia’s “foodies”. The company not only grows ingredients for its restaurant but also generates 80% of its total power needs through a 125KVA solar power generation system. Read more

Brasserie Bread

Brasserie Bread is the realisation of a dream that began back in 1995 when Founders Michael Klausen and Tony Pappas set out to bake their first loaf of sourdough. For the past 22 years, we have built our business by incorporating the world’s best thinking and honouring the values of artisan baking. Our drive for innovation led us to connect with farmers from renowned wheat districts of Australia to pioneer the use of single sourced grains in our continued pursuit of baking award-winning products of remarkable character. Nowadays, our reputation is recognised across the Eastern seaboard of Australia by foodservice partners who place quality first and share the same passion for products of distinguished flavour. Read more

Gage Roads Brewing Company

Gage Roads is the strip of ocean that separates Rottnest Island and Fremantle in Western Australia. It’s a home to surfers and swimmers; seagulls and sharks; ships and sailors. It’s a place where you can relax, escape, explore, or seek out adventure. We saw a lot of ourselves in that little spot. That’s why we named our brewery after it. We set up shop in an old margarine factory just outside Fremantle over 14 years ago and we’ve been crafting beer there ever since. We make a range of ales and lagers, all of which are inspired by our place here on the WA coast. Read more

Gundowring Fine Foods

Imagine a place where the air is clean, the water runs crystal clear from snow-capped mountains, and cows graze contentedly on lush green pastures. Gundowring Homestead, the historic 1840’s dairying property belonging to the Crooke family located the Kiewa Valley in north-east Victoria is just such a place. Read more

Black Label Berkshire

At Black Label Berskshire we pride ourselves on being able to control and monitor all stages of production from ‘Paddock to Plate’ which guarantees our customers a consistently delicious, premium pork product. Our Berkshire pigs are bred in Beverley, Western Australia from stud-registered Berkshire pigs and fed grain produced in the surrounding wheatbelt area. We are very proud of our herd pedigree which includes bloodlines from world famous pigs. These bloodlines have consistently won champion ribbons at Royal Shows around Australia and even England, including Supreme Exhibit at the 2013 Sydney Royal Easter Show and 2014 Royal Adelaide Show. Our Berkshire pigs are grown on straw in large open sheds. We do not dock tails or clip teeth and we do not use hormones or prophylactic antibiotics at any stage of production. The pigs are processed in small batches at our family-owned abattoir an hour away to minimise stress and maximise meat quality. Read more

Barossa Fine Foods

The Barossa Fine Foods’ tradition goes back to great uncle Andreas Knoll in Munich in 1924. Followed by nephew Hans who came to Australia, in 1961 opening his own shop Bavaria Smallgoods where Franz learned his craft. In 1991 Franz and Barbara started in the Adelaide Central Market, from small beginnings to becoming Australia's most awarded smallgoods producer, with over 1000 medals. Barossa Fine Foods sources raw materials from local farmer and providores nationally to create the 650 different products in its menu. The family focuses on enhancing people’s lives through its hand crafted foods. Read more
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