MONTPELIER — The Good Food Foundation recently announced the 307 companies in the running for a 2020 Good Food Award, including 12 Vermont food companies. Celebrating its 10th year, the Good Food Foundation noted, “with a demonstrated commitment to environmental stewardship and growing their businesses in harmony with a better food system, these outstanding crafters represent the nation’s best in delicious, sustainable fare.”
The 12 Vermont businesses in the running for the 10th Good Food Award craft products in the categories of Cider, Confections, Elixirs, Grains, Pantry, Preserves, Snacks and Spirits.
“This wide range of Vermont companies making high quality products brings Vermont’s great food to the world,” said Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts, who participated in the award process as a judge this year. “These 12 companies represent our state’s wonderful food industry and working landscape, and we congratulate them and are cheering them on to the next level!”
Vermont’s 12 finalists include:
- Champlain Orchards, Redfield – Estate Series and Honeycrisp
- SILO Distillery, Semi-Dry Cider
- Fat Toad Farm, Cinnamon Goat’s Milk Caramel and Original Goat’s Milk Caramel
- Mount Mansfield Maple Products, Organic Coffee Infused Vermont Maple Cream and Organic White Chocolate Maple Bark Candy
- Vermont Amber Candy Company, Pumpkin Seed Chipotle Toffee
- Savouré Soda, Celery-Lovage-Cardamom Soda
- Vermont Tortilla Company, Organic Stone Ground Corn Tortillas
- Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind, Smoked Maple Sriracha
- V Smiley Preserves, Raspberry Redcurrant Geranium Honey Jam
- Small Batch Organics, Cherry Vanilla Bean Granola
- SILO Distillery, Vodka
- Stonecutter Spirits, Heritage Cask Whiskey
The Good Food Award finalists reached this point through a blind tasting and product examination to affirm the Good Food Award standards regarding ingredient sourcing and environmentally sound agricultural practices are met. Each finalist “emphasize(s) fairness and transparency from seed to plate, promoting safe and enjoyable working environments, and safeguarding biodiversity by creating products free of genetically modified ingredients.” The full list of national finalists can be found here.
ABOUT THE GOOD FOOD AWARDS
The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible. Now in its tenth year, awards will be given to winners in 17 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, fish, grains, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, snacks and spirits. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.
ABOUT THE GOOD FOOD FOUNDATION
The Good Food Awards is organized by the Good Food Foundation 501 (c) 3, formerly known as Seedling Projects, in collaboration with a broad community of food crafters, grocers, chefs, food writers, activists and passionate food-lovers. The Good Food Foundation is also the organizing force behind the Good Food Guild, Good Food Mercantile and Good Food Merchants Alliance.
–Good Food Foundation
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