About our sponsors

The LA Judge Award is hosted by the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre and is run on a not-for-profit basis and would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors.

We are pleased to announce the sponsors for the LA Judge Award 2023, several of whom are returning and longtime supporters of this prestigious baking competition.


Gala dinner sponsor: Woolworths

“That’s why I pick Woolies”

With more choices than ever before, more Australians still pick Woolies for their food shopping, 14 million every week.

From fresh produce to the choicest home grown meat, we always pick the best for you. And it’s not just about price, it’s about the best quality for all budgets. When it comes to the community, we’ll pick the greater good every time.

Woolworths is part of the community across Australia’s cities, regions and remote areas. We employ over 205,000 people who serve over 29 million customers a week.

With fresh bakeries in more than 600 stores across our network, we are proud to support the growing bread baking industry in Australia.

Sustainable sourcing means better opportunities for producers to implement sustainable practices, improved working conditions and helps to protect our planet.

With our presence across cities, regions and remote areas, Woolworths is a part of the fabric of society. We are committed to making a positive impact and partner with organisations that are equally committed to making change happen.

Providing hunger relief for Australians in need is a key focus, and our surplus food is redirected to help feed people who may otherwise go without.

In addition we support communities facing natural disasters with emergency relief and post-disaster recovery.

Our support of local communities, our partners and programs is part of our commitment to bring a little good to everyone every day.

For further information visit www.woolworths.com.au

Major and Prize sponsor: Puratos Australia

Puratos is an international group offering a full range of innovative food ingredients and services for the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors. We serve artisans, retailers, industrial and food service companies in over 100 countries around the world. Together, we move the planet forward by creating innovative food solutions for the health and well-being of people everywhere. Our product range includes Belgian chocolate, fruit and cream fillings, glazes; bread and cake improvers, sourdough, non-dairy toppings and egg-wash alternative.

2023 LA Judge prizes, courtesy of Puratos:


  • 1 week training in Belgium Puratos HQ on Bread and Patisserie goods
  • All expenses paid (from/to an Australian major capital city)
  • Trip will include a visit to Puratos HQ Innovation Centre, Belcolade Chocolate Centre, The Centre for Bread Flavour, The Sourdough Library and Maison Du Levain in St Vith, Belgium.


  • $1,500 cash reward
  • 2-day training session in the Puratos test bakery in Sydney all expenses paid (from/to an Australian major capital city)
  • 2 x night accommodation in Sydney

Other candidates (excluding Winner and Runner-up)

  • 2-day training session in the Puratos test bakery in Sydney, all expenses paid (from/to an Australian major capital city)
  • 2 x night accommodation in Sydney

Major sponsors

As a global specialist in yeasts and fermentation, Lesaffre designs, manufactures and markets innovative solutions for Baking, Food taste & pleasure, Health care and Biotechnology.

Born in France in 1853, and now celebrating 170 years, Lesaffre is committed to working together to better nourish and protect the planet.

In close collaboration with its clients and partners, Lesaffre employs 11000 people in more than 78 subsidiaries based in 45 countries.

Lesaffre Australia Pacific is supported by our APAC Bakery Headquarters in Singapore in combination with our newly opened corporate offices and Baking Centre in Sydney.

Lesaffre Australia Pacific is a proud supporter & sponsor of LA Judge and the Australian Baking Industry.


The National Baking Industry Association (NBIA) supports independent, franchise, and manufacture bakeries to pursue their vision of success. We encourage an Australia-wide network of united and supportive bakers and industry suppliers, provide critical business insights and professional business support, and facilitate a skilled workforce. We invite you to join us and invest in the future of the Australian baking industry and your baking business – for a thriving baking industry.


Vanrooy was established in 1978 for a simple reason, to supply quality bakery equipment for businesses to improve their product quality and efficiency. We started from our own experiences baking and the lack of innovative choices. So we decided to change it.

Fast forward to the present. We now offer a range of innovative machinery, covering the food equipment industry whilst continuing to work with renowned chefs and like minded individuals with the common goal of maximising technology to improve efficiency.

We believe that opportunities arise from looking ahead. Which is why we are very excited for what the future holds, but we are more excited to bring you along with us.


Australian Bakels is a member of the privately-owned International Bakels Group with over 100 years of experience, with the Australian arm of the group established in 1952. The current product range offers a wide variety of bakery ingredients including bread and cake mixes, wet fillings, ready-to-bake cookie dough, bakery fats and icings for both industrial and general trade customers. The manufacturing facility is located in Silverwater, with first class Australia-wide facilities for quality control, product development, test baking and customer demonstrations, and a highly-skilled and qualified team that offer high quality service from conception through to commercialisation and beyond.


Allied Pinnacle is a world-class flour milling and bakery business with more than a 100-year history. We bake the future from flour.

Backed by Japan’s largest milling business, Allied Pinnacle transforms Australian grains into iconic and much-loved household products, providing market leading solutions from grain to table.

Visit www.alliedpinnacle.com

100% Australian owned Manildra Group has been a major flour miller producing superior bakery products since 1952. Manildra’s state-of-the-art mills, in the heart of the NSW wheatbelt produce a full range of wheat flours, bakery mixes and associated products from premium Australian, GMO-free grain.

Our track record for quality, reliability, service and innovation has made Manildra a trusted and preferred choice nationally, from family kitchens to major Australian brands. Manildra customers can have absolute confidence in our products’ performance and reliability.


Supporting and Meal break sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

At MAURI, we love baking and are excited about the role baking plays in bringing people together. As a leading supplier of bakery ingredient solutions across Australia and New Zealand, MAURI offers a comprehensive portfolio of high quality flours, yeast, premixes and improvers. We source our wheat from local growers and are committed to supporting sustainable farming practices across the country. MAURI is dedicated to the development of innovative bakery solutions which exceed our customers’ expectations on quality and performance.

Competition and meal break sponsor

At ADM we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide.

Learn more at www.adm.com