2018 Entries
Open May 1st!


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Benchmark your product while gaining exposure and recognition, building your industry networks

Why enter?

Entrants into the NZ Food Awards have the chance to benchmark their products amongst their peers and receive feedback from our expert judges. Additional exposure, increased sales, networking opportunities and the chance to get in front of retailers are just the tip of the iceberg, with prizes including:

  • Food Industry training course registration and membership to NZIFST
  • Consultation, production and trial time with the FoodBowl and FoodPilot
  • A $5000 Intellectual Property Package from James & Wells
  • Advertising and editorial packages valued at over $30,000.00
  • Assistance to the value of $7,000 to support your export aspirations

2018 NZ Food Awards Categories




Cuisine Artisan Award

Products entered are generally produced in a batch process. Production requires specific ingredient and process knowledge, care and a philosophy which focuses on retaining the integrity of the ingredients, ensuring a high quality finished product.

Example: Artisan cheeses, boutique chocolates, condiments – products positioned in the high added value segment of the market; ingredients specific to artisanal products.

Alcoholic Beverages Award

Open to all beverages containing more than 0.5% alcohol.

Example: Beers, wines, spirits, liqueurs, RTD’s and mixers; ingredients specific to these beverages.

Non-Alcoholic Beverages Award

All beverages that do not contain more than 0.5% alcohol.

Example: Water, flavoured milks, energy drinks, smoothies, carbonated beverages, juices, juice concentrates, teas, kombucha, ginger beer, kefir; ingredients for these beverages.

Countdown Grocery Foods Award

Products that can be stored at ambient temperatures for the period of their shelf-life, entries into this category can include ingredients, partially prepared and ready-to-eat foods.

Example: Sauces, soups, spreads, condiments, cereals, bread and bakery mixes, energy bars, potato chips, cured meats, meal preparation kits; ingredients for ambient-stable food products.

Chilled Award

This category is for food products or ingredients with a limited shelf life that require cool storage to maintain food safety and product quality.

Example: Yoghurts, cheeses, dips, pouch soups, meats and deli products, dressed poultry and chilled ready meals; ingredients for chilled food products.

Frozen Award

Entries in this category include any food product or ingredient that requires frozen storage to maintain product quality and longer shelf-life.

Example: Ice creams, ready to eat meals, pastries, frozen desserts, prepared fruits/vegetables; ingredients for frozen food products.





Massey University Health and Wellbeing Award

This award can be presented to a product(s) which is/are able to demonstrate benefit to EITHER the health and wellness of consumers AND/OR benefits to the environment in which they are produced (eg reduced use of pesticides, use of recycled waste or water), through the positioning and performance of those products.

MPI Primary Sector Products Award

This category awards primary sector food and beverage products where producers, researchers and manufacturers have added value to primary products through the introduction of new varieties, cultivars or breeds; or through new or alternative harvesting, processing, packaging or channels to extract or create new or innovative primary sector products.

For the purposes of entry, primary sector products are those sold in their purest form, with minimal processing. Also referred to as “single ingredient foods” and “wholefoods”.

Example: meats, poultry, seafood, milk, fruits, vegetables, grains and oils.

MPI Food Safety Culture Award

Awarded to a producer or manufacturer that displays innovative approaches to introduce, change or sustain a food safety culture in the development and production of their products, ideally supported by documented evidence. Entrants must be able to demonstrate, through management, staff and supplier behaviour that not only do all aspects of their business have a commitment to food safety, but they consistently show it in what they do every day, particularly in the face of food safety challenges.

James and Wells Business Innovation Award

Awarded to products who have demonstrated the use of technology, functionality and innovation in marketing channels, distribution or business models in either local or international markets.

Novel Food or Beverage Award

In association with ATEED and The FoodBowl
This award is open to all food and beverage products whose growers and manufacturers have best demonstrated innovation in formulation, manufacturing or packaging to develop a profitable new food or food ingredient product.
Finished products can be blended with imported ingredients but the end product must have been developed and manufactured in New Zealand.

Massey University Supreme Award

Selected from our category winners, the Supreme Winner embodies innovation and uniqueness and captures global trends ; the foundations of the NZ Food Awards.

Product Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded to a product that has withstood the test of time and is still on shelves as a result of continued innovation, understanding its target market, and creative use of business channels. Finalists for this award are identified by the NZ Food Awards Governance Board.

2018 Terms & Conditions

The overall intention of these awards is to encourage awareness, quality and innovation within the New Zealand Food Industry. These awards will be conducted in an impartial manner by judges selected by the NZ Food Awards committee.

The following entry terms and conditions apply to products and companies entering the 2018 NZ Food Awards.

  1. Products need to be manufactured in New Zealand (imported ingredients are permitted).
  2. There is no limit to the number of entries each manufacturer can enter.
  3. You may enter multiple flavours/variants of the same product, however each flavour/variant requires a separate entry.
  4. Products or variants cannot have been entered in previous NZ Food Awards competitions (2017 and prior).
  5. Products must be commercially available in the New Zealand market place e.g. retail outlet, on-line, farmers market etc, at the time of judging.
  6. Judges reserve the right to purchase product if they believe the product is not representative of product sold.
  7. The product, its packaging and associated advertising (including official website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram etc) must meet the requirements of the relevant New Zealand legislation (including the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code; Food Act 2014; Wine Act 2003; Animal Products Act 1999; and Fair Trading Act 1986).
  8. Entrants must provide information as requested with the NZ Food Awards official entry form.
  9. Entrants must state their intention to enter, specifying the category, product name and variant, and provide payment by the requested date.
  10. Entry forms must be submitted online by 5pm on June 30, 2018.
  11. An entry fee of $143.75 including GST is applicable per variant/flavour.
  12. Entrants must present product for judging to the judging location no later than Friday July 6th, 2018 according to the specifications with their entrant email, otherwise it will be removed from the competition.
  13. Product must not be submitted for judging until entrant information, including labelling instructions, have been received by email.
  14. The Awards committee reserves the right to move entries into other categories if they deem it is appropriate. Companies will be notified of changes in their entrant email.
  15. In case of dispute, the Awards committee will have the final decision on which category a product falls under.
  16. In Massey University and NZ Food Awards sponsors may use product and information supplied for advertising, promotional and marketing purposes.
  17. In the event of a tie, the Supreme Award winner will be determined by review of scores and comments by the judging convener, whose decision is final.
  18. Award winners agree to adhere to the quality mark terms and conditions of use.
  19. All judges’ decisions are final.
  20. In entering this competition entrants confirm there is no actual or perceived conflict of interest in them doing so. If an actual or perceived conflict of interests exists entrants must disclose it.

NB: Examples of types of conflict of interest include but are not limited to having Massey University staff on the Board of Directors of your company, having a relationship with or family member on the judging panel.