We celebrate and recognise innovation in food, showcasing the finest local food producers in New Zealand

Why enter

As a leading provider of knowledge for food and health innovation in New Zealand, Massey University owns and organises awards recognising the creativity, innovation and excellence of our largest export sector since 1987. Each year the awards celebrate new initiatives in food and beverage production and manufacturing, identifying not only company leaders who inspire others to meet their standards of excellence, but the creative work of product innovators in nutrition, enterprise, food safety and quality.

Entry date extended

We have extended the entry date until 14 July

Earn our mark

Available to finalists and category winners, these Quality Marks are a testament to the rigorous judging process all entrants go through to find those at the forefront of the industry. For those looking to grow their business, having a Quality Mark may be that extra point of difference to get your foot in the door.

Enter now

Entries are open from 1 May until 14 July, 2017. Download the entry forms you require below and complete them in your own time. Click here to download information about the award categories and criteria.


Main entry form Additional product entry form


When you are ready to submit, please make your payment and send us your completed form (including any supporting evidence) by uploading it below.


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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 2017 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 variations of same cannot have been entered in the previous NZ Food Awards competitions (2016 and prior)
  5. Products must currently 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 entry is not representative of product sold
  7. The product, its packaging and associated advertising (including website; Facebook; Twitter; YouTube 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 in accordance with the NZ Food Awards official entry form
  9. Entrants must state 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 July 14, 2017
  11. An entry fee of $143.75 incl. GST is applicable per variant/flavour
  12. Each Finalist is entitled to have up to four company representatives are entitled to attend the Finalist Announcement
  13. Entrants must present product for judging to the judging location no later than Friday August 4, 2017, and in accordance with the entrant pack (sent via email) otherwise it will be removed from the competition
  14. Product must not be submitted for judging until entrant information, including labelling instructions, have been received by email
  15. 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 entry pack via email
  16. In case of dispute, the awards committee will have the final decision on which category a product falls under
  17. Massey University and NZ Food Awards sponsors may use product and information supplied for advertising, promotional and marketing purposes
  18. The winner of the Massey Supreme Award will be chosen from the category winners of the Large Manufacturing and Special Awards only
  19. 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 shall be final
  20. Award winners agree to adhere to the quality mark terms and conditions of use
  21. All judges' decisions are final


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