Awards judge Lucy Corry

Following the recent COVID alert level changes in Auckland, judging of the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards has moved to a new date: 17 April 2021.

The key dates for the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2021 are now:

Judging: Saturday 17 April 2021 at AUT School of Hospitality & Tourism

Medal results announced: Tuesday 18 May 2021

Champions Party: Tuesday 22 June 2021

A record number of 294 entries for the awards have been received from New Zealand food and drink producers, compared to 225 entries in 2020.

The Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards Champion and Special Awards for 2021 are:

Supreme Champion Award

Emerson’s Dairy Champion

Seafood New Zealand Water Champion

Farro Earth Champion

Giesen Wines Paddock Champion

Label & Litho Drink Champion

NZ Life & Leisure Spirit of New Zealand

Outstanding Sustainability

FMCG Business Outstanding New Product

Outstanding Free-From Product

Outstanding New Business Champion


Farmers’ Markets and New Zealand Food and Drink Producers can be involved in the Awards by getting behind the Coast People’s Choice which is voted for through to the end of March. Farmers’ Markets and producers are invited to encourage their customers to vote for them to win the title of Coast People’s Choice Outstanding NZ Food Producer or Coast NZ People’s Choice Outstanding Farmers’ Market.

Both of the Awards will be announced at the Champions Party on 22 June 2021.

Further information on the new timing is available at or contact

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