AUSTRALIA – Global food processing and packaging equipment manufacturer, tna has announced that its co-founders Alf and Nadia Taylor have been awarded with the 2018 Ethnic Business Award in the ‘Medium to Large Business’ category.

At the 30th Ethnic Business Awards gala dinner held in Sydney, the two were hailed for their entrepreneurship, personal dedication, global economic success and their contribution to not only the Australian economy, but also the community through their extensive philanthropic work.

tna is commented for revolutionizing the snack food industry by inventing the world’s first high-speed vertical form fill and seal (VFFS) packaging system.

Ethnic Business Awards were established in 1988 and are national business awards program, celebrating diversity and multiculturalism, and the achievements of migrants, who come to Australia with a ‘suitcase full of dreams’.

They also identify those whose creation of new jobs, wealth and ideas, have contributed to cementing the harmony of multicultural Australia.

“We’re truly honoured to have won such a prestigious award,” said Nadia Taylor, director and co-founder, tna.

“When we first arrived in Australia, neither of us would have ever imagined that we would eventually turn our dream of owning our own business into a reality.

We feel incredibly lucky to be one of Australia’s many migrant success stories and are truly grateful for the opportunities this country has offered us.

There are so many phenomenal and innovative businesses out there that would have never been possible without the sheer dedication and determination of people from all parts of the worlds.

All of them are proof that cultural diversity is a real asset to Australia and we feel very honoured to be part of this very special group of visionaries.”

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Ethnic Business Awards and saw over 450 business nominated, resulting in 12 finalists in three different categories (Small Business, Medium to Large Business and Indigenous in Business).

On the other hand, Jeremy Blanch of JNC Group Australia won the Indigenous in Business Category while Small Business Category was taken out by Michael Dakhoul of Construction Consultants.

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “Australian society, the Australian economy and Australian lives.”

“This country is an immigration success story without parallel anywhere in the world and we should be enormously proud of what we have achieved.

According to organisers, nominees over the last 30 years have come from more than 100 countries of origin and covered every state and territory in Australia.