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  • Christine Millar

NZ Food Awards Accolade for Something to Crow About

NZ Food Awards' 2016 winners were unveiled last night at a gala dinner among 400 guests, at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Entries were up 62 percent on last year, making for a prestigious and intense competition.

The Artisan Category for Small Businesses, was the first award announcement of the night with 20 products vying for the award. We were ecstatic to hear our Roasted Seeds Sprinkle range was given a highly commended. This year the winners circle was extended in the Artisan category, due to the caliber and quantity of entries received. With judges awarding 2nd and 3rd placings and 5 highly commended accolades.

Blue Frog's Orange Zest Syrup was the overall winner of the Artisan category, with Whanganui's Coastal Spring Lamb claiming the supreme accolade at the 2016 New Zealand Food Awards.

The awards are run in association with Massey University whose vice-chancellor Steve Maharey said the calibre of entries this year was so high that being named a winner was a huge achievement. "The strong interest in this year's Food Awards is a testament to the development and growth of the sector," Mr Maharey said.

Finalists and winning products are eligible to use the New Zealand Food Awards "Quality Mark", which highlights the superiority of products to both consumers and industry, and can help boost sales and distribution domestically and internationally.

Look out for our awards stickers appearing on packs in supermarkets soon.

Congratulations to our fellow Hibiscus Coast foodie businesses including Dad's Pies, The Vegery and Kumara Fusion who were also named as finalists.