Gold Medal for Volcano at the 2018 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

2018 OUTSTANDING NZ FOOD PRODUCER AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

 Tuesday 10 April 2018

After judging more than 180 of the country’s finest food products, 25 New Zealand food producers have been named as Gold Medal winners in the 2018 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.

One Supreme Champion, four category Champions and five special award winners will be named from the Gold Medal winners at the Awards on Thursday 26 April 2018 at Auckland’s Fresh Factory.

Twenty-five Gold Medals were awarded – with two producers, Clevedon Buffalo Company and The Drunken Nanny each receiving two Gold Medals. Fifty-eight Silver Medals were awarded and a further 42 products were highly commended, meaning judges recognised the work and quality of the products that just missed out on receiving a medal.

The 2018 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards received 186 products to judge from 100 New Zealand producers. They were judged for aroma, taste, quality, innovation, pack design, sustainability and brand story by a panel of specialty food retailers, chefs and food and drink experts last month. Products are judged across four categories; Earth, Paddock, Water and Dairy.

Head Judge Lauraine Jacobs said “Judging is not easy given the talent of food producers and the quantity of fine fare. Meat entries were of an even higher standard than 2017 with the growing paddock-to-plate trend evident in the number of thoughtfully created brands. Baking is still a big part of our national food psyche with some delightful entries, many catering to folk with allergies and intolerances.”

Co-organiser Kathie Bartley said it’s a privilege to share the love of New Zealand food with producers and food lovers. She said they were thrilled by the 23 per cent increase in entries from last year and delighted 44 per cent of entries were awarded gold or silver medals. “This is proof of the dedication of the Kiwis who harvest, grow and make our food. The energy and enthusiasm they put into creating great produce is reflected in the strong number of awards.”

She says consumers can look out for Outstanding NZ Food Producer Gold and Silver Medals on award-winning products at Specialty retailers, food stores, producer websites and at Farmers’ Markets across the country. Foodies can still be involved in the Awards by voting for the Coast People’s Choice Outstanding Product or Coast People’s Choice Outstanding Producer or New Zealand’s Outstanding Farmers’ Market on the website https://outstandingfoodproducer.nz where the complete list of medal winners as well as the producers who were highly commended are listed.

The 2018 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards Supreme Champion, Earth Champion, Paddock Champion, Water Champion and Dairy Champion, along with the New Zealand Life & Leisure Spirit of New Zealand Award, FMCG Business Outstanding New Producer, T&G Global Outstanding Sustainability, Label & Litho Outstanding Design and Marvellous Marketing Outstanding Drink will be announced on Thursday 26 April. The award winners will be featured in the NZ Life & Leisure May/June (#79) issue on sale 30 April.

 

International Gold for Black Truffle Brie by Neil Willman

Over the Moon’s Black Truffle Brie by Neil Willman has been awarded a Gold Award and Outright winner for the “Best New Zealand Cheese’ at the 2017 International Cheese Awards in Nantwich, UK on the 25th of July 2017.

The Nantwich International Cheese Awards is the largest cheese award show in the world with over 5600 cheeses from around the world entered in the 2017 event. Sue Arthur, Over the Moon owner and founder was invited as a guest judge and could receive her trophy in person.

“We WON! Best New Zealand Cheese (Black Truffle Brie by Neil Willman) at the biggest cheese show in the world, the International Cheese Competition in Nantwich, UK. Ecstatic!”, Sue Arthur shared on Facebook.

Black Truffle Brie by Neil Willman is an Over the Moon original cheese created by renowned international cheese master and judge Neil Willman and has previously been awarded Category Champion in 2015 at the New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards.

Nantwich International Cheese Awards in numbers:

  • The 2017 event was the 120th anniversary with the awards show growing each year.
  • 5% increase of entries from the 2016 event.
  • Over 500 judges were tasked with judging the 5600 entries in just 5 hours.
  • Over 30,000 visitors were expected with overseas visitors attending from New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Canada, USA and every European country.
  • The size of the pavilion had to be increased to accommodate the record number of Trade Exhibitors.
  • This is the second Nantwich award for Over the Moon with Galactic Gold receiving a silver medal at the 2016 awards.

Over the Moon Black Truffle Brie is available from our Stockists nationwide.