New Zealand Food Awards
The New Zealand Food Awards celebrate New Zealand food and beverage innovation. Find out about the awards and read about previous award winners.
2021 New Zealand Food Awards
The 2021 finalists have been chosen and voting is open for this year's People's Choice Food Hero Award.
Winners will be announced at the gala dinner on 14 October.
New Zealand Food Safety sponsors two awards categories:
- Food Safety Culture Award
- Primary Sector Products Award
Primary Sector Products Award
This award is open to primary sector food and beverage products, and recognises researchers and manufacturers who have added value through the introduction of:
- new varieties, cultivars, or breeds
- new or alternative harvesting, processing, or packaging to extract or create new or innovative primary sector products.
Food Safety Culture Award
This award recognises food businesses that fully integrate food safety into their business culture. It is an opportunity for New Zealand Food Safety to promote the most effective approach to achieving consistent food safety that focuses on customer safety up and down the food supply chain.
History of the awards
New Zealand Food Safety/Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been involved with the New Zealand Food Awards for more than 17 years and has been a major sponsor of the awards since 2008. The awards are owned and organised by Massey University. Because of the COVID-19 response, Massey changed the format of the 2020 awards to the NZ Food Heroes Awards, which celebrated food business and community initiatives to look after those in need.
Previous award winners
New Zealand Food Safety’s Outstanding Service Award – New World Foxton.
New Zealand Food Safety's Primary Sector Products Award – retail pouch of Wholegrain Quinoa, Kiwi Quinoa Limited
New Zealand Food Safety's Food Safety Culture Award – Picot Productions Ltd, Nelson
New Zealand Food Safety's Primary Sector Products Award – Alliance Group Ltd, Christchurch with Te Mana Lamb
MPI Food Safety Culture Award – The Pure Food Co
MPI Primary Sector Products Award – T&G Global Limited
MPI Food Safety Culture Award – Open Country Dairy Ltd
MPI Primary Sector Products Award – Spring Sheep Milk Co.
MPI New Cultivars/ Primary Producers Award – NZ Hothouse Ltd
MPI Dell Award – A Verkerk Ltd