CHARLESTON, S.C. — Island Brands USA (islandbrandsusa.com) has been named a silver winner in the Consumer Product of the Year category of the 2022 Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America.
The fast-growing and disruptive Island Brands USA uses only the finest, all-natural ingredients to produce super-premium beer, flavored malt beverages, and, coming in 2023, craft spirits and ready-to-drink cocktails. Its popular products are currently available in 12 Southeastern states, with expanding domestic and international distribution along with fleetwide service on Carnival Cruise Lines. Part of the American-owned company’s mission is to give back in meaningful ways, including pledging a portion of its annual sales to environmental charities through 1% for the Planet and donating to hurricane recovery initiatives in Florida.
The 12th annual Best in Biz Awards program saw fierce competition among more than 700 entries from public and private companies of all sizes and representing all industries and regions in the U.S. and Canada, ranging from some of the most iconic global brands to the most innovative start-ups and resilient local companies. This year’s judges highlighted the winning companies’ visionary leadership, innovative strides in the use of new technologies, laudable employee diversity and inclusion programs and workplace best practices. Perhaps most central to Island Brands’ ethos, winners’ continued community involvement, investments in their environment, and corporate social responsibility programs were considered in the process.
“We can’t begin to express how much this Best in Biz Awards recognition means to all of us at Island Brands,” said Scott Hansen, CEO, Co-Founder, and Chairman of the Board of Island Brands USA. “Creating outstanding products that consumers embrace and love is the cornerstone of what we do. To receive an honor like this for our brands is truly beyond words.”
Since the program’s inception in 2011, winners in Best in Biz Awards have been determined based on scoring from independent judging panels assembled each year from some of the most respected national and local newspapers, TV and radio outlets, and business, consumer, technology and trade publications in North America. Thanks to the impressive diversity of represented outlets and the unparalleled experience and expertise of the editors and reporters serving as judges, Best in Biz Awards judging panels are uniquely suited to objectively determine the best of the best from among the hundreds of competitive entries. The 2022 judging panel included, among others, writers from AdWeek, Computerworld, Forbes, The Globe & Mail, Inc., The Oregonian and Portland Tribune.
“The depth and breadth of this year’s nominees in Best in Biz Awards — and especially the winners — demonstrate savvy business acumen among the leadership and represent the type of entrepreneurship powering today’s economy,” said Dustin Klein, Smart Business, judging his first Best in Biz Awards competition. “I came away from the judging experience inspired, filled with ideas, and energized!”
Best in Biz Awards 2022 honors were conferred in 100 different categories, including: Company of the Year, Fastest-Growing Company, Most Innovative Company, Best Place to Work, Customer Service Department, Executive of the Year, Marketing Executive, Most Innovative Service, Enterprise Product, Best New Product, App, CSR Program, Environmental Program, Website and Film/Video of the Year. For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2022, visit: bestinbizawards.com/2022-winners.
Headquartered in Charleston, S.C., Island Brands USA is a lifestyle company that uses only the finest, all-natural ingredients to produce super-premium beer, flavored malt beverages, and, coming in 2023, craft spirits and ready-to-drink cocktails. Its popular products are currently available in 12 Southeastern states, with expanding domestic and international distribution along with fleetwide service on Carnival Cruise Lines. Founded in 2016, the innovative company’s growing portfolio of clean, top-quality beverages cater to active, socially conscious consumers. Part of the company’s mission is to give back in meaningful ways, including pledging a portion of its annual sales to environmental charities through 1% for the Planet. Island Brands is proudly American-owned. For more information, visit islandbrandsusa.com.
Since 2011, Best in Biz Awards has been the only independent business awards program judged by a who’s who of prominent reporters and editors from top-tier publications from North America and around the world. Over the years, judges in the prestigious awards program have ranged from Associated Press to the Wall Street Journal, and winners have spanned the spectrum from blue-chip companies that form the bedrock of the global economy to some of the world’s most innovative start-ups and nimble local companies. Each year, Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in 100 categories, including company, team, executive, product, and CSR, media, PR and other categories. For more information, visit bestinbizawards.com.
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