Gold, Gold, Gold at the 2022 NZ Artisan Awards for plant-based brands and products as the 'new food revolution' swings into top gear.
First up!! What an amazing achievement.
Sustainable Foods with their Plan*t branded range scooped a whopping eight Gold Medals. No mean feat for this small yet dynamic plant-based small goods company.
All plan*t's most popular products struck Gold after meeting judging criteria according to supermarketnews.co.nz
" The (new) criteria saw products judged individually rather than comparing them to very broad categories. Products were recognised with a Bronze, Silver or Gold award if they met the development standard; this included analysing the level of consumer demand in the category, degree of innovation, fit-for-purpose claims, visual appeal, price point, packaging, sustainability, shelf-life, mouth feel, taste, distribution and market relevance"
Heartiest congratulations to the team from Sustainable foods.
Also in the Chilled Deli section Food Nation picked up four Gold Medals for a range of inspirational plant-based sausages, patties and balls.
Their use of quirky and colourful packaging along with tempting and delicious recipe ideas on their packs met criteria enabling them to take home a well deserved stash of Gold.
In the pre-packed frozen section Christchurch based Berkano Foods picked a Gold for their Creamy Chicken Pasta from their Harmless Food stable of products. They also took out two Bronze medals.
Moving to the dessert section it was the The Damn Good Food Company who literally 'creamed' other competing products picking up a solid five Gold Medals.
The Damn Good range of frozen 100% plant-based, cane sugar-free, GF, DF and Non GMO products are really treats to behold. Super tasty and super presentable they are attracting a wide following across the nutritional needs spectrum.
Other Golds went to Wise Boys, one each for their Vegan Burger Sauce and their Chipotle Aioli products. Watch out for this young crew as we plot their humble beginnings from a basic burger food cart to perhaps something far grander in the future. Check them out!!
Mylk Made took home three golds for their interesting range of cashew milk bases. Not only designed for the commercial coffee market but also starting to really appeal to the domestic user.
Other medal winners included:
Boring Oat Milk took home a Gold for their Original Oat Milk product.
RawGoodness with a frozen dessert product.
Savour with a silver and a bronze for three of their cashew cheese products
Silver for Cube Kitchen for their Lupine tempeh products. Available here!
Good Bugs a silver and bronze for their kimchi and kraut products
Feliz VUTTER - two medals for their plant- based butters.
Overall a remarkable achievement for all medal winners across the various product ranges. It is promising to see plant-based products standing side by side with 'old world proteins' - without doubt a sign a great things to come.
Congratulations to you all!
With thanks to supermarketnews.co.nz for the effort, application and recognition awarded to all finalists and medal winners.