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2019 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards – Medal Winners Announced!

2019 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards – Medal Winners Announced!

Food lovers have a slew of delicious locally-produced products to look out for when they’re next at Farro, following the announcement of the medal winners for the 2019 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards. 

Judged by some of the country’s top foodies, more than 180 food and drinks from around the country were scrutinised on the 9th of March. Each of the producers were assessed on flavour, aroma, texture, appearance and innovation (which account for 80% of the judging mark), with the rest of marks coming from brand story, packaging and sustainable business practice.

Farro is a sponsor of the Award’s Earth category and co-founder and owner Janene Draper was one of this year’s judges.

“We’re incredibly proud to support small Kiwi food producers and the awards is a fantastic way to recognise the amazing work they’re doing. We’re excited to have such a big list of medal winners available on the shelves at Farro,” says Janene.

For the third year, well-known New Zealand food writer and champion for locally-grown and made food products, Lauraine Jacobs was head judge. She said it was great to see the innovative approach many food producers had taken using premium ingredients predominantly grown and harvested in New Zealand.

“Dairy and cheese were strong this year, a tribute to hardworking farmers around the country who produce quality cow, sheep, goat and buffalo milk. Drinks were also strong with the category hotly contested with a range of innovative products, many of which were fermented. Products specially created for the increasing number of special dietary requirements were catered for in the new ‘Free From’ category and it was great to see such a diverse range of entries, the majority of which were of excellent quality,” Lauraine said.

Congratulations to the 129 medal winners of the 2019 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards. Look out for this promise of quality with gold, silver and bronze medal stickers when you shop. Gold Medal-winning products are in the running for the category Champions, Supreme Champion and special awards being announced on Tuesday 16 April 2019.

At Farro you can find the below award-winning products:

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
 
DAIRY, GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Lewis Road, Gold Top Organic Non-Homogenised Jersey Milk
The Drunken Nanny, Lemony Lush, Black Tie and Dill Lush
Whitestone Cheese Company, Vintage Five Forks and Vintage Windsor Blue
 
DRINK, (part of the EARTH category) GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
Chia Sisters Bottled by the Sun, Nelson Apple & Boysenberry Juice and New Zealand Feijoa & Apple Juice
                                           
EARTH, GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
Augustine’s of Central, Preserved Sundrop Apricots in a Riesling Syrup
Chia Sisters Bottled by the Sun, New Zealand Feijoa & Apple Juice
Kauri Kitchen, Cranberry & Walnut Loaf
Kiwi Quinoa, Quinoa
Pinoli, Mediterranean Pine Nuts
The Clareville Bakery, The Clareville Cracker
Thoroughbread, Paleo Gold

PADDOCK, GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
A Lady Butcher, Free Range Coppa
Kiwi Bacon Maple Middle Bacon 
L'Authentique, Chicken Liver Parfait with Shiraz Jelly
Pastrami & Rye, Pastrami
 
SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

DAIRY, SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Clearwater Farm, Organic Honey Yoghurt                                                                                                     
Lewis Road Creamery, Premium Garlic & Parsley Butter
The Drunken Nanny, Fresh Lush
Whitestone Cheese Company, Lindis Pass Brie

DRINK, (part of the EARTH category) SILVER MEDAL WINNERS
Aroha, Elderflower Cordial
Happy Belly Ferments, Ginger Beer Flavoured Water Kefir  
Hakanoa Handmade Drinks, Wild Ferment Lime & Chilli Ginger Beer 

EARTH, SILVER MEDAL WINNERS
Forage and Ferment, Mexi Kraut
Mandy's Horseradish Pure and Horseradish Sauce
Pic's, Pic's Peanut Butter, Boysenberry Jelly
Proper Crisps, Marlborough Sea Salt
Pure Delish, Raspberry & Maple NutNograin-ola, Pecan, Ginger & CoconutNograin-ola and Primal Bar
The Damn Good Food Company, Wholesome Frozen Treats Citrus Zing and Double Berry
The Lucky Taco, Chipotle Chicken Fiesta Kit
Thoroughbread, Paleo Seed
The Remarkable Chocolate Co, Organic Chocolate Bark
Wise Boys, Aioli

PADDOCK, SILVER MEDAL WINNERS
A Lady Butcher, New Zealand Wagyu Bresaola
Frank's Sausages, Veal Bratwurst
Kiwi Bacon, Streaky Bacon 
L'Authentique, Pork & Fennel Sausages
 
BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS
 
DAIRY, BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS
Whitestone Cheese Company, Shenley Station Blue
                        
EARTH, BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS
Augustines of Central, Augustines Quince Paste
Blue Frog, Apricot and Hemp   
Cartel Food Company, Black Bean, Roasted Corn and Chilli Lime Burrito
Ceres Organics, Fritter Mix Herbalicious   
Fix & Fogg, Coffee and Maple Peanut Butter
Kohkoz, Golden Falafel Bites and Traditional Hummus
Molly Woppy, Handmade Gingerbread Kids Iced Artisan Cookies and Milk Choccy Chunk Artisan Cookies 
Proper Crisps, Onion with Green Chives
PADDOCK, BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS
Olliff Farm, Premium Pasture Eggs