D’Orsogna wins Woolworths’ Supplier of the Year 2020 award

D’Orsogna wins Woolworths’ Supplier of the Year 2020 award

After more than 70 years, D’Orsogna is still proudly owned and operated by the family. A key ingredient of our success is our highly valued supply partnership with Woolworths Supermarkets.

Woolworths’ annual Supplier of the Year Awards was held in Sydney on Wednesday, 2nd December 2020. The event recognises excellence across the thousands of suppliers that Woolworths partners with to deliver high-quality food and the everyday needs of its customers.

D’Orsogna was recognised as Woolworths’ Chilled, Bakery & Deli Supplier of the Year 2020 and our 8th Woolworths Supplier of the Year award. D’Orsogna has worked unerringly with Woolworths over the last 50 years to develop a highly successful, exclusive range of ham, bacon and smallgoods for Woolworths’ Deli and Dairy cases.

Woolworths Director of Buying, Paul Harker said: “Thank you, to our thousands of suppliers who have stood shoulder to shoulder with us in putting customers first, rapidly increasing production, pivoting to the projects that mattered most, and thinking creatively to solve complex logistical challenges.”

A big congratulations to our team at D’Orsogna for all the hard work which has collectively led to the win.

D’Orsogna wins Woolworths’ Supplier of the Year 2020 award

D'Orsogna wins 2020 Perth Royal Smallgoods awards

The Perth Royal Show Food Awards is WA’s leading food and beverage competition. The winners of the 2020 Smallgoods Awards were announced on Friday, revealing winners across Western Australia.

The expert judging panel comprised qualified judges, stewards and volunteers assessing entries in ham, bacon and salami categories. D’Orsogna won three Gold Awards in the Ham category:

  • Cooked on the Bone Premium Leg Ham took Gold in the Traditional Leg Ham category;
  • Champagne Ham on the Bone took Gold in the Semi Boneless category;
  • D’Orsogna’s Australian Jarrah Honey Ham off the Bone took Gold in the Leg ham; Manufactured category. This ham variety is sold year-round in Woolworths’ deli counters and also as a boneless 1.2kg mini portion during the festive season.

Congratulations to all at D’Orsogna for the fine work in consistently producing premium quality leg hams.

Best nationally available Australian ham announced

Best nationally available Australian ham announced

To celebrate Australian product and producers, thirty influential voices and members of the pork industry came together on 20 November 2019 in Sydney’s iconic Strand Arcade for a launch event.

“When it comes to ham, if it’s on the bone, then it’s one of our own. However, if you’re buying a boneless ham, look for an almost full bar chart on the packaging to be sure your ham is made from 100% Australian pork.” Australian Pork Limited Marketing Communications Manager, Mitch Edwards said.

The event was also a chance to showcase excellence, with D’Orsogna’s Australian Jarrah Honey Ham taking out the 2019/20 Australian PorkMark Ham Awards’ nationally available category, with the 1.2kg mini ham portion available in Woolworths meat cabinet and bulk sliced ham available in Woolworths in the deli year-round.

The Australian PorkMark Ham Awards was introduced in 2009 to find the best hams made using 100% Australian pork. Judging of the Australian PorkMark Ham Awards took place earlier in 2019, the competition attracted more than 140 entries from across the country being assessed on appearance, aroma, form and of course, the all-important taste test.

“We know people are paying more attention to where their food comes from and how it’s raised. When you’re cooking for the people you love most, sustainable, local and ethical ingredients play a role, but taste and value for money reign king,” Mr Edwards said.

Product of the Year 2020 winner

Product of the Year 2020 winner

The most innovative products of the year voted by more than 10,000 Australian shoppers have been crowned in the annual Product of the Year Awards in November 2019.

Product of the Year is the world’s largest consumer-voted awards program recognising product innovation across a variety of categories.

“We’ve seen a resurgence of emerging brands winning in their respective categories as leaders in their space, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them into the program,” Product of the Year Director, Sarah Connelly said.

D’Orsogna’s Flame Roasted Carolina Style Sweet Dijon Mustard Leg Ham was selected as the top product in the Smallgoods Deli category, with the product available nationally in Woolworths stores in the deli and chiller aisle. The high-quality leg ham has been made with a perfect balance of American barbeque pitmasters inspired Sweet Dijon Mustard flavour, further enriching the taste trip by double smoking with oak wood and real flame roasting.

The Nielsen research that determines the winners involves assessing the responses of more than 10,000 consumers on relevance, uniqueness, excitement, likeability, distinctiveness and innovation.

“It’s pleasing to see that consumers are backing these independent brands, with our research finding that ‘more than half of the consumers surveyed would purchase new products, even if they were unaware of the brand name.’” Ms Connelly said.

D'Orsogna Merrifield now fully operational

D'Orsogna Merrifield now fully operational

D’Orsogna’s $66 million state-of-the-art facility at the Merrifield Business Park, Mickleham has officially opened providing employment for over 200 personnel.

The Victorian Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, Martin Pakula said “…the Victorian Government heartedly supports D’Orsogna’s expansion and job creation in Melbourne’s North, and developing opportunities in the domestic and export markets.”

Also speaking at the opening ceremony, D’Orsogna’s Managing Director Greig Smith acknowledged the financial contributions made towards the new facility by the Victorian Government and City of Hume. “We’ve taken a measured approach to this substantial investment after establishing a modest footprint in Mt Waverley 10 years ago.” “The new Merrifield production facility will meet consumer demand for our products and help secure the future of D’Orsogna,” Greig Smith said.

D’Orsogna is expecting to double its production volume and create innovative varieties of cured and cooked whole and sliced hams, bacon, gourmet continental goods, sausages and other meat protein products.

The 11,000m2 facility features 8,500m2 of rooftop solar to reduce its carbon footprint. This is combined with the latest energy and water conservation technology, and a strong commitment to waste recycling. Further expansion is anticipated in the future.

L to R: D’Orsogna Board Member Tony Iannello, Managing Director Greig Smith and Board Member Marco D’Orsogna all attended the opening ceremony.

Yuroke MP Ros Spence and Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula at the official opening ceremony.

Quality a winning formula

Quality a winning formula

D’Orsogna’s Premium Australian Jarrah Honey Ham off the Bone has been voted by Australian consumers as Product of the Year 2019 in the Small Goods Category.

Product of the Year is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. Established over 30 years ago in France, POY currently operates in over 40 countries with the same purpose: Guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufacturers for quality and innovation.

In Australia, the Product of the Year seal is backed by the votes of 14,000+ consumers, serving as a shortcut for shoppers and saving them time and money. For manufacturers of the winning products, the award is a powerful marketing message proven to increase product trial, awareness, distribution and sales.

Product of the Year accepts entries every year from products that demonstrate innovation and were launched within the previous year. Entered products are then placed into specific categories such as food, beverages, personal care, household care, etc. with a product then being chosen as a winner in its category through a nationally representative online study conducted by Nielsen research.

L to R: Charlotte Bury & Jasleen Lamba (Woolworths); Colin Sullivan (D’Orsogna) and Yoana Francisca (Woolworths).

D'Orsogna wins Woolworths Deli Supplier of the Year 2018 award

D'Orsogna wins Woolworths Deli Supplier of the Year 2018 award

Recently D’Orsogna was awarded Woolworths Deli Supplier of the Year 2018, making it our 2nd year in a row and overall our 7th Woolworths Supplier of the Year award received.

A big congratulations to our team at D’Orsogna for all the hard work which has collectively led to the win.

Food Awards success

Food Awards success

D’Orsogna was a big winner at the 2018 Perth Royal Show Branded Meat Awards, winning champion ham, champion smallgoods and gold medals for ham and salami.

Champion ham was our Premium Australian Ham off the Bone, which earlier won gold in the Ham category.

Champion smallgoods was D’Orsogna’s Artisan Finocchiona Salami, an Italian salami variety typical of Southern Tuscany characterised by the use of fennel. It earlier won Gold in the Salami category.

Champion smallgoods is awarded to the highest scoring product across all categories i.e. bacon, ham, air dried cured meats, salami, and chorizo.



Subway Supplier of the Year award 2018

Subway Supplier of the Year award 2018

D’Orsogna this year has been nominated by Subway as Supplier of the Year finalist.

Unfortunately the company didn’t win the first prize, but the fact we have been nominated within a very large supplier base of Subway Australia and New Zealand is a great success for D’Orsogna.

Subway has recognised the great efforts made by D’Orsogna and its business partners: excellence in quality and service.

Congratulations to all the D’Orsogna staff for the great effort!

D'Orsogna support the Australian Commonwealth games members 2018

D'Orsogna support the Australian Commonwealth games members 2018

The Western Australian Division of the Australian Olympic & Commonwealth Games Committee hosted a farewell fundraising event for our local athletes heading off to compete as part of the Australian team in the 2018 Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast in April.

Our home grown talent represented a variety of sports including swimming, athletics, cycling, hockey, basketball, boxing, diving, netball and shooting.

The opportunity for our athletes to compete at a world class event on home soil was a unique and unforgettable experience and Australia had its most successful Commonwealth Games ever with a team of over 700 athletes winning 198 medals across 17 sports.

The D’Orsogna contribution played an important role in assisting the Western Australian Olympic Council to reach their fundraising target of $100,000.

Well done to our Australian team!

… and bravo to the event organisers and our fellow supporters who came together during the farewell event to support our athletes in achieving their goals!

We are proud of your successes and are pleased we were able to be a part of it.

All the best for preparation towards the 2020 Olympics in Japan!