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Registration for 2017 is closed. Finalists will be announced on Monday, Feb. 20. Final judging and awards will be March 21. 


Sample submission

  • TWO product samples must be submitted. 
  • The samples must arrive between Monday, Feb. 13, and Wednesday, Feb. 15, via mail OR can be dropped off on Wednesday, Feb. 15, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. only. 
  • Detailed information about submission location and process will be emailed after registration is completed.

Finalist selection 

Three finalists per category will be notified on Monday, Feb. 20, by email for advancement to the final round. Details relating to final judging will be included in that email. 

Grand prize judging and awards 

The finalist contest judging and awards ceremony is Tuesday, March 21, in Atlanta at the Georgia Freight Depot from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Finalists will be required to set up a product display with samples and give a three-minute product pitch during the final contest judging. 



  • Barbecue sauces
  • Beverages
  • Condiments and salsas
  • Confections
  • Dairy products
  • Dairy-alternative products
  • Honey
  • Jams and jellies
  • Meats and seafood
  • Meat-alternative products
  • Miscellaneous
  • Sauces and seasonings
  • Snack foods

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