About the contest
The Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest showcases delicious, innovative, market-ready prototypes or commercially available food products.
Entries are judged on technical aspects such as flavor, texture, and ingredient profile. Also considered are potential market volume, consumer appeal and how well the product represents Georgia.
The contest has succeeded in helping increase exposure, publicity, business contacts and sales for finalists. More than 1,100 products have entered since the contest began in 2007. It's hosted and organized annually by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.
It's more than a contest. It's a business booster.
Flavor of Georgia increases publicity and sales for finalists. In fact, nearly a dozen finalists had new business contacts within two weeks of the 2016 competition. Additionally, 92% of the finalists saw increased business contacts.
Why enter your product?
- Each entry is featured in the print and digital directory, including a professional product photo and brief overview, which gets seen by leading food industry buyers and media outlets.
- Finalists will receive personalized press releases, the use of the Flavor of Georgia logo on their label and promotional materials, and the opportunity to present their product to a panel of food industry experts.
- Finalists also receive a one-year 'Silver' level Georgia Grown membership, compliments of the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
- The 2017 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded an exhibit space for up to two registrants at the Georgia Food Industry Association Annual Convention - a $1,500 value - and three consultation sessions from the the UGA Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center (FoodPIC) on product or process design, ingredient functionality, sensory testing and/or shelf life determination, a $1,500 value.
Finalists will compete during final round on March 21 in Atlanta. Winners will be announced following the competition.
Email us at:
- Gourmet Foods International
- Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Grown
- Center for Innovation for Agribusiness
- Georgia Agribusiness Council
Judges have selected 33 products to compete in the final round of the University of Georgia's 2017 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest in Atlanta on March 21.