RECOGNISING THE BEST
The ultimate celebration of innovation and excellence in New Zealand food and beverage
For more than 30 years the New Zealand Food Awards has given food and beverage producers of our small nation the opportunity to showcase just how big they can be. With ongoing themes of innovation and creativity, and strong ties to Massey University, the Food Awards quality mark remains the peak of excellence in New Zealand’s food and beverage industry. The annual programme aims to showcase our artisanal producers and large-scale food and beverage manufacturers. Since inception by Massey University and New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology Inc. in 1987, the awards have celebrated New Zealand’s finest food innovations. Each season includes an application period, a thorough judging phase and a finalist announcement, which culminates in a spectacular winner’s announcement gala dinner in October.
It all starts here. Get your product noticed with a great entry. We’ve gathered the key practical information you’ll need to help you make the best start. Dates and deadlines, what the judges are looking for, where to send things, and more.
Food at Massey University
Educational programmes at Massey University build capability in food, nutrition and engineering, while internationally recognised researchers apply their skills throughout the supply chain and beyond.
Products are judged in two types of awards: product awards and special awards. Judging criteria vary across the categories, however the core themes are innovation, excellence and sustainability. The products exhibiting the highest levels of the Awards' core characteristics will rise to the standard of finalist, making them eligible for the ultimate honour of supreme winner.