Food and Beverage Industry Award Winners Announced

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food & Beverage Industry Awards event had to be delivered online, but that didn’t stop a plethora of entries coming in from all corners of Australia – and what an impressive array it was.

One common theme among this years’ entries, unsurprisingly, was the determination and ability to change with the times as the world was enveloped in a pandemic. It showed that not only is the industry chock-full of people with great ideas, but also the resilience to get on with the job when trouble strikes. Read the full article here.

Mumpreneur Movement Magazine

 

Over the past several years I have been focusing on mindset, healing, personal development, and developing my higher faculties to be able to work smarter and more in line with my purpose.

Little did I know, that this was the perfect preparation for one of the most challenging times we would go through in business.

You know the saying make or break, well I could see in mid-March this was going to be a huge crossroads in our business and decide to leave town for a week to map out our strategy. Read the full article here.

Business Queensland News

“We negotiated rent relief, applied for a payroll tax refund, got the $500 electricity rebate & used the resources on the BizQld website to help us manage the stress,” Kylie Martin Hollonds, co-owner of GF Oats. Read more here.

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training – 

According to owners Garry McGeorge and Kylie Martin Hollonds, COVID-19 highlighted weaknesses in their supply chains and revenue streams. “It was really stressful back in February, but we have built a stronger and more resilient team to help our business move forward. We have changed contractors, engaged a business strategist as well as a marketing team to help us develop a growth strategy and expand our customer networks for the future,” said Kylie. Read the full article here.

Business Qld – Now’s the time to #supportsmall

 

@gfoats supplies Gloriously Free oat products to customers and distributors from all over the world via their online sales platform, but when global borders closed thanks to COVID-19, their US-based supply chain was greatly disrupted. Not only that but, as the national supply of GF Oats ran low, demand for their products increased and orders grew from an average 25 per week up to 150. Read the full post here

The Chronicle article – GF Oats topping grocery shelves

Toowoomba business Gloriously Free Oats Australia has risen to the challenges of 2020 with a number of award nominations, proving gluten-free oats are topping grocery lists.

Gloriously Free Oats, otherwise known as GF Oats, has been importing uncontaminated oats into Australia since 2009, all of which test nil to gluten, as a perfect product for those with special dietary requirements. Read the full article here

AusMumpreneur of the Year 2020 finalist

The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry.

A nationally recognised awards that have been running for the past 10 years. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the Awards recognise and acknowledging success in business, product development & innovation and customer service at a glamorous awards event. Read the full article here.

Food & Beverage Industry Awards 2020 finalist

The finalists for the 2020 Food & Beverage Industry Awards have been announced. There are eight individual categories, plus the Best of the Best award, which encompasses all the winners of the individual categories. 

“We had a huge number of high-quality entries in most categories, which made is a difficult decision to pare them down to the finalists,” he said. “It says a lot about the industry, that in such difficult times companies are still innovating and pushing the boundaries in terms of new products and outstanding ideas.” Read the full article here.

HELPING AUSTRALIANS ‘COMMEMORATE AT HOME’ THIS ANZAC DAY

 

Due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, Gloriously Free Oats (GF Oats) devised a plan to package its naturally gluten-free, vegan, oat-based ANZAC biscuits into commemorative packs so people could ‘commemorate at home’. These packs included GF Oats’ Veteran Affairs approved ANZAC biscuits, a sprig of rosemary and an ANZAC trivia competition card. Read the full article here.

How Gloriously Free Oats founder Kylie Martin forged an ANZAC partnership to keep her business going in the face of supply chain peril.

While many businesses deal with a collapse in customers coming through their doors, Martin’s business, which specialises in gluten free oat products, has experienced the opposite, as demand for rolled oat products explodes as Aussies stockpile for a winter in lockdown. Read the full article here.

Anzac biscuits review

Chewy, crunchy, gluten-free, vegan? We compare supermarket Anzac biscuits.

Many of us bake Anzac biscuits all year round, not just for Anzac Day. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also easy to make – the traditional recipe generally consists of a simple mixture of flour, oats, golden syrup, desiccated coconut, sugar, butter and bicarbonate of soda. Read the full article here.

How Gloriously Free Oats founder Kylie Martin forged an ANZAC partnership to keep her business going in the face of supply chain peril.

What do you do when you’ve got all the customers in the world, but few products to sell them?

Founder of Gloriously Free Oats Kylie Martin is still trying to work that out. But she’s getting creative. Read the full article here.

5 activities to remember the Anzacs without leaving home

For all Australians, ANZAC Day is going to look a little different this year, but this doesn’t mean the men and women who bravely fought for our freedom will be forgotten. In fact, ANZAC Day could touch our hearts a little deeper during this unique time when we are all experiencing what it’s like to live without our usual freedoms; some of which we can carelessly take for granted, like taking the kids to the park, not having everyday access to the supermarket or enjoying a meal at your favourite restaurant. Read the full article here.

Virus and Crisis Magazine Article – Embracing The ANZAC Spirit In The Midst Of A Crisis

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges to face Australia in modern times.  Serendipitously, this crisis falls over ANZAC Day, a time when we typically gather to honour our Armed Forces and reflect on the resilience, strength and hardship endured by past generations. There will unfortunately be no gatherings of remembrance this year, though. It’s always the small things you’d typically take for granted that help get you through a crisis. For me, it’s been the humble ANZAC biscuit – and everything it stands for – creating a silver lining to the coronavirus catastrophe and reminding me that the ANZAC spirit lives on, even if it is from our homes.  Incredibly, it has been during one of the biggest challenges the modern world has ever faced that I’ve seen my business thrive; putting me in a position to pay it forward. Read the full article HERE.

Best Desserts – GF Oats Anzac Biscuit recipe feature

We were excited to be featured in the Best Desserts – Best Anzac Biscuit recipes article this month along with many other wonderful recipes.

Kylie Martin is the founding director of GK Gluten Free Foods. The journey of food intolerances began for Kylie and her family over 20 years ago when she realised they had Intolerance’s to various foods such as dairy, corn, soy, gluten and wheat to name a few. So, it was into the kitchen, trialling recipes with unfamiliar and incredibly hard to source ingredients. She launched her first range of flour pre-mixes in 2000 into health food and in 2009 imported 750kg of Gluten Free Oats into Australia. Today the company is based in regional Queensland and despite the restrictive labelling laws, Kylie and her team are importing in excess of 100 tonne a year, supplying Australia and New Zealand with GF Oats and oat related products.

Check out our Anzac Biscuit recipe and read the full article HERE.

2019 AusMumpreneur Food & Beverage Business Excellence Award – Gold winner

After 10 years, she thinks she’s an Overnight Success.

Ten years ago, Kylie saw a unique opportunity to start something new in Australia, to be the first to import and produce Gluten Free Oats. As her ‘Why’ is leaving a legacy in the world, this fitted into her overall plan beautifully. What she did not realise however, was that the journey would, in fact, take every bit of resilience, courage, tenacity, creativeness and guts she could muster to make her dream a reality.

 View the full story here…

The Health Hero And GF Oats Anzac Biscuits

Kylie Hollonds from GF Oats has been dubbed the Health Hero, after being featured in F Magazine.

This wonderful article talks about Kylie’s journey into the Health Food Industry and the exciting launch of GF Oats Anzac Biscuits.

Read the complete article here…

Evolve Brand Design – GF Oats Blog Feature

We were featured in the August news for Evolve Brand Design.  Renee is the owner of this business and is our creative packaging designer. This month she featured the story of the GF oats brand.  View the full story here

The Toowoomba Chronicle

“Gloriously free” products take over Australia

THERE is a reason Highfields resident Garry McGeorge is known as Captain Oats during his day job.

Every spare moment, he is packing and shipping uncontaminated oats across the country.

He has joined his partner Kylie Hollonds’ business venture GK Gluten Free Foods, the Australian importers of Gloriously Free Uncontaminated Oats.

Read the full article here…

Media Connections

QUEENSLAND MUM FINDS AN INNOVATIVE SOLUTION TO EASE “FOMO” THIS ANZAC DAY

Kylie Martin, a local Toowoomba food importer and manufacturer at GK Gluten Free Foods/ TA GF Oats Australia, has faced this challenge in her family for over 20 years. She has developed a number of products and solutions to assist her desire not to feel as though they were missing out on anything, however, she believes her latest innovation takes the cake, or in this case the biscuit.

Read the full article here…

Media Connections

AFTER 10 YEARS SHE’S AN OVERNIGHT SUCCESS: TOOWOOMBA MUM WINS A NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARD

Toowoomba businesswoman Kylie Martin has taken out a national award for entrepreneurship.

The founder and director of GF (Gloriously Free) Oats Australia won the gold award in the food and beverage category of the AusMumpreneurs Awards 2019 in Melbourne on Friday. She was also a finalist in the people’s choice category.

Read the full article here…

Women in Business Awards Australia

WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS 2019
WINNER AGRIBUSINESS/RUNNER UP IN WOMEN IN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Highlife Downs Living

GF GOLD

 Kylie Martin (Hollonds), mother, teacher and businesswoman extraordinaire, took out the gold award in the Food and Beverage category of this years Ausmumpreneur Awards in Melbourne.

Read the full article here…

More stories in the local newspapers

The Toowoomba Chronicle

Highfields Herald

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