An unprecedented number of companies, up by 62 percent compared to 2015, have entered their products into the New Zealand Food Awards this year, hoping to win judges’ hearts and earn a ‘Quality Mark’ for their brands.
Entrants range from artisan producers to large manufacturers, and will compete in different award categories such as the new Food Safety Culture Award, the Artisan Award and the Export Innovation Award. Owner and organiser Massey University also introduced its own Supreme Award this year.
“This competition is all about providing a forum for helping local food and beverage producers to showcase the success and innovation of their products and businesses,” said Steve Maharey, vice-chancellor, Massey University. “The awards enable companies to boost their profile and achieve recognition for their brands and businesses.”
Judging will take place on August 9-12. All finalists are set to be named on September 1, and the winning products will be announced at a gala dinner on October 13.


Small Business

  • Artisan sponsored in association with Supermarket News
  • Gourmet in association with the New Zealand Herald BITE Magazine

Large Manufacturing

  • Chilled (including Dairy)
  • Dry Goods
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Frozen

Open to All

  • Health and Wellness sponsored by Massey University
  • Novel Ingredients in association with The Food Bowl
  • Food Safety Culture in association with Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Primary Sector Products Award in association with Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Business Innovation
  • Export Innovation in association with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
  • Supreme Winner in association with Massey University