The inaugural winner of the FMCG Business Product of the Year Award is Food Nation, who stood out for their philosophy to make new products full of fresh local vegetables, mushrooms, legumes, herbs and spices, and pack them together in joyous harmony. Their products are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, suitable for vegans, and a fun, fresh take on the category with vibrant packaging that is encouraging new consumers to buy plant powered meat alternatives.

Food Nation Co-Founders Miranda Burdon and Josie Lambert with their FMCG Business Product of The Year Trophy.

The FMCG Business team presented the award to Co-founder Miranda Burdon in Auckland, congratulating her on Food Nation’s excellent concept, which is not only a convenient plant-based meal, but is better for us and better for the planet.

Fresh off their win at the World Plant-Based Awards in New York and only a few months after launch, these proudly NZ-made products have now also been recognised by FMCG Business for celebrating the plants they are made of.

To add to the Food Nation Magic Mince range, the company recently launched Kumara, Beetroot & Kiwi Quinoa Amaze Balls, as well as the new Happy Patties, which come in Kumara, Beetroot & Kiwi Quinoa, the exotic Cauliflower, Turmeric & Ginger and one that boasts “all the taste of summer” Broccoli, Pea and Hemp.

Check out this innovative new range of plant-powered goodness at

Congratulations to the Food Nation team and all the amazing finalists, which were showcased in FMCG Business magazine throughout the year!

The 2020 FMCG Business Product of the Year Finalists were:

  • Food Nation
  • Tasti Fruit + Vege Wholefood Balls
  • Essano natural deodorants
  • Glow Lab Age Renew
  • Earthsmart 360 with recyclable paper packaging
  • Tuffy Double Length
  • Animals Like Us
  • Lee Kum Kee Slow Cook range
  • Compostic 100% Home Compostable Cling Wrap

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