We’re leading the search for New Zealand’s Outstanding Food Producers.

The awards – which celebrate Kiwis who harvest, grow and make food and drinks – were first held in 2017. Over two years of the awards a team of specialist judges have assessed almost 350 products, awarding 130 products with an Outstanding NZ Food Producer Award which allows the products to wear a medal sticker as an independent endorsement of its quality.

Whether you’re a small producer, a large producer or grower with an established brand, if you have a product or products that you are proud of, we want to celebrate your endeavour!

One producer creating benchmark goods of exceptional quality will be named Supreme Champion of Outstanding New Zealand Food Producer Awards 2019. The Supreme Champion will be chosen from four category champions. Additionally, seven special awards and two people’s choice awards are being judged in 2019.


Farro Earth (Examples include fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts, grains and flours, seeds, pulses, salt flakes, artisan bread and bakery products; dried fruits or herbs, sauces, preserves or drinks made with fruit, nuts, herbs, vegetables etc. Fruit and vegetable juices and olive oils. Coffee and alcoholic beverages will not be considered.)

Emerson’s Dairy (examples include specialty cheese, organic milk or cream, goat’s milk, sheep milk, raw milk, ice-cream, yoghurt, butter, and flavoured milk drinks.)

Water (Examples include freshwater or ocean fish, shellfish. Value-added products from the waters such as; preserved and prepared seafood, pâté and prepared dishes in which the main ingredient is New Zealand caught.)

Ara Paddock (Examples include animals and poultry bred for the table, e.g. chicken, duck, beef, pork, venison, lamb, venison, eggs. Additionally, value-added meat or poultry-based items made with sound ethics and craftsmanship. Examples: bacon and sausages, terrines, smoked, cured or dried meat products, pies, casseroles, curries, ready-to-heat and eat dishes.

Supreme Champion

The Supreme Champion will receive a feature story in NZ Life & Leisure May 2019 issue and coverage in the May 2019 issue of FMCG Business and associated publicity. Entries are open to New Zealand producers, with judging in on Saturday 9 March 2019. Gold and Silver Medallists will be named on 19 March and category champions and special award winners on 17 April at a gala cocktail event in Auckland.

Special Awards

NZ Life & Leisure Spirit of Innovation Award for the entry showing excellent Kiwi ingenuity. This award is chosen by the judging panel in association with NZ Life & Leisure.

T & G Global Outstanding Sustainability Award for the food or drinks producer championing sustainability. This award is chosen by our sustainability judge, Emily King.

Marvellous Marketing Outstanding Drink, awarded to the highest scoring drink producer

FMCG Business Outstanding New Product, for products launched in 2018 (before March 2019)

Label & Litho Outstanding Packaging, may include special sustainable packaging or other innovation

Outstanding ‘Free From’ Product, a product which is free from gluten and/or preservatives and/or additives and/or sugar

Outstanding Start-Up Producer, for a producer who has started a new food business in the past 18 months.

Coast People’s Choice Awards

We’re also calling on Kiwi foodies to choose the country’s finest with a special Peoples’ Choice vote. Food lovers are encouraged to vote for the Coast Outstanding Producer and Coast Outstanding Farmers’ Market.