Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

Publish Date
Tuesday, 21 April 2020, 10:00AM

At a time when Kiwis are rediscovering home cookery, the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards is delighted to announce its 2020 Champions – the best of the country’s locally grown and made food and drink products.

Organic farmers, Bostock Brothers, were named Supreme Champion for their Organic Whole Chicken.

Hawke’s Bay brothers Ben and George Bostock have their chickens roam free on their parent's former apple orchard. They pride themselves on letting their chickens grow naturally, feeding them home-grown organic maize and giving them longer, happier lives. As well as how they grow their chooks it’s what they don’t do which adds to the flavour. Bostock’s chicken is free of chemicals and antibiotics and when it comes to processing their product does not receive chlorine baths.

Bostock Brothers Organic Whole Chicken was also named Giesen Wines Paddock Champion and Bostock Brothers received Gold Medals for Bostock Brothers Chicken Thighs and Bostock Brothers Chicken Breasts.

Gisborne’s Ngati Porou, AHIA Freshly Smoked Kahawai Manuka Honey was awarded Seafood NZ Water Champion. The judges were won over from the first bite saying; ‘Beautifully moist…moreish…a good honest Kiwi fish celebrated and treated with love.’ The kahawai reflects Ngāti Porou Seafood’s environmental focus. The company has moved away from bulk-processing, creating diverse products from sustainable species.

Pure NZ Ice Cream, Boysenberry Ice Cream was named Emerson’s Dairy Champion. As is all the Pure NZ range this ice cream is gluten and peanut free and made from ingredients which are locally sourced where possible - in this instance the boysenberries are from Nelson. Judges praised the ice cream for its natural boysenberry flavour and creamy texture complaining ‘it’s difficult to resist’.

One of the winners from the inaugural 2017 Awards has returned to the Champions circle; Wellington’s Fix & Fogg Everything Butter was named Farro Earth Champion for their innovative blend of hemp, chia, sesame, sunflower, flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds with peanuts and almonds. Judges thought this combo was a step up from other spreads and butters, praising its delicious, roasty aroma, balanced flavours and easy spreadability.

Another Awards alumni, Kelli Walker took out the Label & Litho Drink Champion for her Forage & Ferment Wild Kefir, Ginger Root. Kelli recently launched Wild Kefir which is a crisp beverage with a light spritz, she says water kefir is lighter and has more probiotic properties than the better-known kombucha.

Clevedon Herbs & Produce was named recipient of NZ Life & Leisure Spirit of New Zealand Award. The special accolade recognises the 15-year journey the Tregidga family have taken developing a thriving fresh herb and vegetable box business based in Clevedon. The third generation of the Tregidga family to make horticulture a way of life, Liz is in charge of growing and her sister Amy looks after marketing. Their parents Phil and Jenny still work on the farm and help with the local farmers’ markets. The judges noted Clevedon Herbs & Produce excellent commitment to sustainability through both environmental and social practices.

Raglan Food Co was named Outstanding Sustainability Champion. Specialist sustainability judge Fiona Stephenson said Raglan Food Co “has impressive sustainability initiatives across the whole business, ranging from waste, packaging, organics and climate to travel, innovation and staff and community initiatives. This is fantastic work across the board!” Raglan Coconut Yoghurt - Boysenberry and Raglan Food Co Organic Blackcurrant & Vanilla Gourmet Yoghurt both received Silver Medals in the Awards.

FMCG Business New Product Champion is Blue Frog - Manuka Honey & Hemp Heart Probiotic Porridge. According to the judging panel this is ‘porridge with attitude and panache! Kudos for reinventing a breakfast staple with NZ ingredients and just a hint of sweetness.’ It seems like Blue Frog founder Scotty Baragwanath has achieved his vision to make the ‘world's best tasting cereal’ showcasing taste and health.

Freshco.nz New Business Champion is Foundry Chocolate. This comes off the back of Foundry Chocolate being named Supreme Winner at the recent NZ Chocolate Awards. Foundry Chocolate was established by chocolate maker David Herrick and his wife Janelle in September 2018, it focus is bean-to-bar chocolate using only two ingredients, single-origin cacao beans and organic sugar.

Zaroa Pohutakawa Smoked & Sous Vide Cooked Angus Beef Brisket is Outstanding Free-From Champion. Zaroa is a family-owned business launched last year by Wilhelm Zabern an Austrian Master of Meat who has lived in Aotearoa for 30 years. He creates uniquely New Zealand speciality meats with nothing artificial – no sodium nitrate, gluten, soy preservatives. The judging panel said ‘Delicious…we loved it…great smoky flavours...’.

The final two awards were chosen by popular public vote;

Coast People’s Choice Farmers’ Market was - for the third time - Otago Farmers’ Market.

In a covid-free world the Otago Farmer’s Market hosts up to 75 vendors at Dunedin Railway Station every Saturday morning.

Coast People’s Choice Outstanding Food Producer 2020 is Fernglen Farm.

Fern Glen’s, Pure Sheep Milk won a Gold Medal in the Awards with the judges saying it was ‘creamy yet light and easy to drink….rich, delicious, vibrant.'

Twenty-five judges and eight stewards worked in panels to assess a record 225 food and drink entries at AUT School of Hospitality & Tourism on Saturday 7 March 2020. Following the judges’ assessment of aroma, appearance, taste, texture and quality which accounted for 75% of marks, products were assessed for sustainability and brand story. Winning products will be recognised as they proudly wear Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards Champion, Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals—a guarantee of product quality.

For the fourth-year judging was overseen by champion of NZ produce, Lauraine Jacobs. She noted it was exciting to see many more entries, all of which displayed great depth of innovation and attention to detail in production.

"Food businesses that address these issues are helping regenerate NZ’s food system to one that is more resilient, healthy and environmentally and socially responsible. It’s good for our environment, good for people, and good for business."



Appleby Farms Coffee Ice Cream

Appleby Farms Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Bella Vacca Jerseys Milk

Bellefield Black Garlic Cultured Butter

Charing Cross Sheep Dairy, Marinated Labneh balls

Fernglen Farm, Pure NZ Sheep Milk

Jersey Girl Organics , Organic Full Cream, A2 Jersey milk

Kaikoura Cheese, Laugesen

Pure New Zealand Ice Cream, Boysenberry Ice Cream

Whitestone Cheese Co, Ferry Road Halloumi

Whitestone Cheese Co, Windsor Blue

Whitestone Cheese Co, Vintage Five Forks

Whitestone Cheese Co, Lindis Pass Brie


Anabelle Fine Fresh Cheeses, Sheep Fromage Frais

Appleby Farms Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Bellefield Crème Fraîche

Bellefield Brown Butter Ghee

Cranky Goat Provencal

Cranky Goat The Lynton

Nieuwenhuis Farmstead Cheese, Te Aute (Aged Fresh Goat Cheese)

Nieuwenhuis Farmstead Cheese, Marinated Cloud (Fresh Goat Cheese)

Pure New Zealand Ice Cream, Blackcurrant & Coconut Gelato

Waimata Cheese, Sheep Milk Camembert

Whitestone Cheese Co, Mt Domet Double Cream Brie

Whitestone Cheese Co, Vintage Windsor Blue

Whitestone Cheese Co, Aged Airedale

Whitestone Cheese Co, Island Stream

Whitestone Cheese Co, Farmhouse

Wooden Spoon Boutique Freezery, Smokey Pokey Ice Cream


Whitestone Cheese Co, Shenley Station Blue     

Whitestone Cheese Co, Drunken Windsor Blue - Bourbon

Whitestone Cheese Co, Drunken Windsor Blue - Whiskey

Whitestone Cheese Co, Creamy Havarti

Bellefield Clotted Cream

Little Farm Goat Dairy, Goat Cheese - Ellie

Little 'Lato Espresso Brownie     

Whitestone Cheese Co, Duntroon



Clevedon Herbs & Produce, Fresh Seasonal Herb & Produce Box

Blue Frog Breakfast, Manuka Honey & Hemp Heart Probiotic Porridge

Fix & Fogg, Everything Butter

Forty Thieves Chai Spiced Almond with Fruit Pieces

Foundry Chocolate, Masidau Farm, Vanuatu 70%

Foundry Chocolate, Kilombero Valley, Tanzania 70%

Greytown Honey, Manuka Honey - 200+ MGO

Heilala Oak Aged Vanilla Extract Hunt and Gather Bee Co, Kanuka Honey

Lewis Farms - Whole Berry Strawberry

Little Bird Organics, Good Cookie Double Chocolate Chip

Little Lato, Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Gelato

Paneton Bakery Ready To Use Flaky Pastry

Piece of Cake Peanut Brittle, Chilli and Beer

Pinoli Pine Nuts

Proper Tortilla Chips Cheeza-Peno

Roebuck Farm, Rainbow Mix Microgreens

Totara Cottage Balsamic Cheese Crackers 


Augustines of Central, Apricot Jam

Blue Frog Breakfast, Black Doris Plum, Dragon Fruit & Coconut

Creative Cooking, Superseed Crackers - Macadamia Nut

Egmont Honey Manuka UMF 5+ / MGO 85+

Fix & Fogg, Chocolate Almond Butter

Fix & Fogg, Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Forage & Ferment, Super Seed Kraut

Forty Thieves Peanut Butter Crunchy

Forty Thieves Scorched Almond with Organic Cocoa

Frozen Bliss Coconut Ice Cream, Strawberry Sensation

Foundry Chocolate, Ucayali River, Peru 70%

Go Wild, Chatham Islands Freeze Dried Honey

The Damson Collection, Spicy Damson Plum Ketchup

Good Bugs Kiss Me Kimchi – Hot Vegan Kimchi

Greytown Honey, Manuka Honey 100+ MGO

Greytown Honey, Manuka Honey 400+ MGO

Greytown Honey, Wildflower Honey

Greytown Honey, Clover Honey

Greytown Honey, Rewarewa Honey

Greytown Honey, Kamahi Honey

Hinakura Honey, Aotea Manuka Honey 300+MGO

Kaimai Range Honey, Rewarewa Honey

Kimbella's Candy Old Fashioned Cashew Brittle

Kohkoz, For The Love of Garlic

Kohkoz, Smoky Baba Ghanoush

Kohkoz, Golden Falafel Bites

Little Bird Organics, Good Macaroons Passionfruit Macadamia

Martinborough Jelly Co, Pinot Noir Grape Jelly

Te Mata Figs, Fig Vincotto

Pure Delish, Raspberry Crunch Quinoa Grain-ola

Raglan Coconut Yoghurt, Boysenberry

Raglan Food Co, Organic Blackcurrant & Vanilla

Sweetree Four Brothers Reserve Honey

The Lucky Taco, Sizzlin' Steak Taco Kit

The Muesli Company, Macadamia Gold - Gluten Free Muesli

Waiheke Herbs Asian Herb Spread


Abdal's Gourmet Foods Za'atar

Abdal's Gourmet Foods Shatta

Augustines of Central,Quince & Feijoa Paste

Blue Frog Breakfast, Coco Munch

Forty Thieves Almond Butter Crunchy

Frozen Bliss Coconut Ice Cream Vanilla Bean

Frozen Bliss Coconut Ice Cream Cacao Chocolate

Good Bugs - Ginger Ninja Kimchi

Gourmet Brands NZ, Rempah Ayam Percik

Greytown Honey, Native Honey

Hinakura Honey, Glendhu Multifloral Manuka Honey 80+MGO

Hinakura Honey, Glendryneoch Multifloral honey 75+MGO

Kavitha's Kitchen NZ - Tantalizing Madras Fusion     

Kimbella's Candy, Old Fashioned Almond Brittle

Kimbella's Candy, Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle

Kohkoz, Traditional Hummus

Kohkoz, Garlic Hummus

Little Bird Organics Sea Salt and Thyme Almond Crackers

Molly Woppy Handmade Cranberry Dark Choccy Chunk Artisan Cookies

Proper Tortilla Chips Salted

Something to Crow About Grain Free Breakfast, Walnut, Maple Plum & Hemp

Taste of the Alps, The Hunter, Central Otago Cherry Relish

The Lucky Taco, Chipotle Chicken

The Lucky Taco, Chilli Salt w' Lemon & Lime

The Muesli Company Happy Tum Vegan Bar, Choc Dip

The People’s Pasta – Lentil Ragu Vegan Pasta Meal

The Tasty Vege Co Ltd, Sweet Surprise Orange Pumpkin



Bostock Brothers, Organic Whole Chicken

Bostock Brothers, Chicken Thighs

Bostock Brothers, Chicken Breasts

Coastal Spring Lamb Back Strap

The Neat Meat Company , Harmony Taupo Beef Picanha Steak

Wairarapa Eggs - A Good Egg, Chester Rd Premium Free Range Eggs

Zaroa NZ Pohutakawa Smoked & Sous Vide Cooked Angus Beef Brisket


A Lady Butcher, Free Range Pancetta

A Lady Butcher, Free Range Lardons

Bavaria NZ Fennel Delight, NZ Free-range Pork and Beef sausage

Craft Pâté, Chicken Liver Parfait

First Light Foods, First Light  Wagyu Beef Burgers                                                         

First Light Foods, First Light Farm Raised Venison Burgers                                                                                

L’Authentique Truffle & Mushroom Parfait

L’Authentique Chicken & Bacon Sausage

Olliff Farm Premium Pasture Eggs

Premium Game, Manuka Smoked Wild Venison Bacon

Premium Game, Wild Venison Leg Medallions

The Neat Meat Company, Harmony Taupo Manuka Honey & Hickory Beef Sausages


Bostock Brothers, Chicken and Tarragon Sausages

Frank's Junior, Porkios with Cheese

Frank's Junior, Porkios

Illy Bites, Traditional Meaty Air Dried Beef Biltong

L’Authentique Fresh Chorizo Sausage

The People’s Pasta, Pork & Fennel Meatballs Pasta Meal Kit



Ngati Porou Fisheries, Ahia Freshly Smoked Kahawai Manuka Honey

Genevieve's, Mahurangi Oyster Mousse


Ngati Porou Fisheries, Ahia Freshly Smoked Gemfish & Citrus Spread

Ngati Porou Fisheries, Ahia Freshly Smoked Trevally Horopito & Pepper


 Ngati Porou Fisheries, Ahia Freshly Smoked Hoki

Ngati Porou Fisheries, Ahia Freshly Smoked Hoki & Saffron Spread



Forage & Ferment, Wild Kefir Ginger Root


CH'I Ginger Crunch

CH'I Alkaline Source Water

Fleck - Sparkling Mineral Water

Forage & Ferment, Wild Kefir Berry Blush Heke Homemade Herbals Soothe

Mother and Daughter, Premium Elderflower Cordial

Quarterpast, Q Mint Chocolate


Mother and Daughter, Elderflower and Rhubarb Cordial

Quarterpast, Q Rose Chocolate

Quarterpast, Q Dark Chocolate

Quarterpast, Q Orange Chocolate

Waikirikau Kombucha Te Hotoke Ora (Winter Wellness)

Waikirikau Kombucha Nga Taonga a Papatuanuku (treasures/gifts of the Earth Mother)


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