And the 2020 Finalists are…


Once again the Inspire+ Artisan Awards has received an overwhelming level of entries. While delays were experienced through the judging due to COVID-19 lockdowns, the judges worked solidly to catch up once levels were lifted.

The 2020 finalists have been chosen, and with well over 600 brands entered, competition was tough. So much so, that a new category was opened up to cater for the huge number of honey brands that entered. New Zealand consumers are extremely fortunate to have such a range of high-quality delicious honey to choose from.

The Inspire+ Artisan Awards have showcased the depth and breadth of New Zealand’s best and locally made produce something that resonates with New Zealand consumers in the new normal where we are all strongly identifying with buying local.

The finalists for this year have been chosen, after a lengthy judging process, that analysed 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, and general merchandise and, of course, our special 2020 Honey category.

The competition was fierce, entries with almost no exception met the very high standards that we expect from New Zealand artisanal producers. All entrants should be proud of their efforts in bringing the best artisanal food and beverage to the New Zealand consumer.

Congratulations to all finalists! Category winners and the Supreme winner will be announced 11 September 2020.