NZ 2019 Food Awards Finalist

We are delighted to have just been named a Finalist in the NZ Food Awards 2019! 

We’re thrilled that our home-grown Kiwi blackberries, boysenberries, blackcurrants and raspberries have impressed the judges with their vibrant flavour and beautiful colour.  Being gluten free, with no added preservative, what isn’t there to love about this iconic New Zealand Wildberry  flavour. Drizzle it over a scoop of classic Vanilla ice cream today!  Keep an eye open for it in supermarkets across the country.

We proudly stand beside some mighty New Zealand food manufacturers. Allergen-aware foods, vegan-friendly, hemp-based products, and gin and vodka handcrafted from sheep milk are among the finalists of this year’s New Zealand Food Awards.

Sixty individual products from 48 companies are finalists in 10 categories and one category winner will be named the Massey University Supreme Award winner at the Gala Dinner in Auckland on October 23. Finger’s crossed!

The awards have celebrated New Zealand manufactured products, focusing on innovation and excellence since 1987. Sponsored by the University, they are open to small and large food and beverage manufacturers, primary food producers, food service providers and ingredient supply companies.

“The standard of this year’s entries was, again, outstanding and the calibre and innovation of the finalists reflects the thought, care and artistry of the producers. Selecting finalists was tough enough for our judges; choosing winners will be a supreme challenge. Congratulations to you all,” says Massey Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas.

The New Zealand Food Awards expert judging panel includes celebrity judges Bite magazine’s Ray McVinnie, chef Geoff Scott and World Kitchen television host and chef Nici Wickes.

“Plant-based product entries were up this year, as well as vegan products, food with hemp-based elements and allergen-aware foods such as dairy-free and gluten-free,” Mr Scott says. “I guess that’s a real reflection of where we see the interests in the New Zealand consumer driving that. Food companies are responding with a push towards a lot of plant-based food products this time around – much more than last year.”

For more information, please visit www.foodawards.co.nz

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