After much anticipation, we are excited to announce the finalists for the 2021 NZ Artisan Awards! This year we saw a record-breaking number of 957 entries, our judges were overwhelmed with the amount of innovation across an array of food and beverage categories.
While delays were experienced through the judging due to COVID-19 lockdowns, the judges worked solidly to fine-tune their prized list of finalists. We want to thank our judges for their hard work so far (judging 957 entries is no easy feat!), and also our entrants for their support and patience with us during this time.
The 2021 finalists have been chosen, and undoubtedly, competition was tough. This year, we introduced a new category for sauces, thanks to our category sponsor Wendy's, and New Zealand sauce producers did not disappoint. Consumers are extremely fortunate to have such a range of high-quality delicious sauces to choose from.
Each entry was analysed for the product’s degree of innovation, fit for purpose, visual appeal, taste, price point, and shelf-life. Entries received covered the full range of food and beverage categories for both FMCG and foodservice, from alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, ambient, frozen, chilled/deli, fresh and general merchandise, and of course, our special 2021 sauce category.
All entries met very high standards that we ultimately expect from New Zealand artisanal producers. All entrants should be extremely proud of their efforts in bringing the best artisanal food and beverage to the New Zealand consumer.
Our 2021 NZ Artisan Awards Finalists are...
Sit tight, Category Winners will be announced on the 27th of September 2021.
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