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Snacks

The winners in the Good Food Awards snacks category have met the highest standards of achievement with meticulously sourced, high-quality ingredients that have been thoughtfully prepared with the right snacking moment in mind. We consider these snacks the tastiest items to grab between meals! Whether it be through the crisp texture of a cracker or the unique flavor combination of a granola, snacks celebrate a diversity of flavor profiles and textures.

About

The Good Food Awards rely on the expertise of the snacks community to create the tasting, determine judges and set standards for the category. Read on to learn who has been integral to building the category, as well as what the snacks standard are and who will be judging this year.

Committee

Co-Chairs

Erin Lenhardt

Co-Founder of Parsnip – San Francisco, CA

Erin Lenhardt is an entrepreneur who helps to scale and build food businesses. Along with Sally Rogers, Erin is the co-founder of Parsnip, a startup that connects brands with partnership opportunities. She previously co-founded Norm’s Farms, an elderberry startup, and The Food Mint, a consultancy that helps food startups grow. She previously worked with Sir Kensington’s and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Erin spends her free time curating home goods for her vacation rentals and going on unexpected adventures with her hound dog Mo.

Sally Rogers

Co-Founder of Parsnip – San Francisco, CA

Sally Rogers worked in finance and consulting for a decade before deciding to leave her corporate career and chase her passion: connecting with people around making better food choices. Sally went on to start two companies (Nibble, a healthy snacking company, and The Pickle, an editorial), and is currently working on Parsnip, a matchmaking company for consumer brands (including tasty and good food and beverage!). She chairs the Slow Food San Francisco Board and advises The Cooking Project.

Committee Members

Kim Berman, Research Team, Airbnb
Mary Costa
, Event Planner Assistant, Foxtail Catering & Events
Noelle Fogg-Elibol
, Partnership Manager, Kitchen Table Advisors
Lam Le, Analyst, Center for Good Food Purchasing
Tanner Smith
, Food Entrepreneur

Standards

In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award, snacks entries must meet the following standards:

  • Made in the USA or US territories.
  • Made with a balanced objective of local, organic and highest-quality.*
  • Made with transparency in supply chain.**
  • Free of high fructose corn syrup, palm oil and artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives.
  • Made with rBGH-free milk, where milk is used.
  • Made with flours that have not been bleached or bromated.
  • Free of genetically modified ingredients.
  • Made with spices that are certified organic, Fair Trade, or traceable to the farm level.*
  • Must include more than one ingredient or be created in such a way that an agricultural product has been transformed into a value-added snack. If product entered is a single ingredient transformed to a value-added snack, single ingredient must be grown without the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.***

*Ingredients that make up less than 2% of the product (such as spices, sugar, or lemon juice) may be sourced from farther afield, or from a larger distributor.

**That is, an earnest attempt is made to verify the origin and production methods of the ingredient. If made with ingredients that are not grown domestically, a farm-direct or certified organic source has been sought and documentation of this search, including notes on calling distributors, is provided.

***Ingredients grown with minimal synthetic inputs using Integrated Pest management practices will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Subcategories

Additionally, snacks must fit in one of the following subcategories:

  • Popcorn (must be pre-popped)
  • Granola
  • Chips (e.g., corn, potato, veggie)
  • Crackers & Crisps (excludes graham crackers or other sweet cookie-like crackers)
  • Bars & Balls (e.g., granola, protein, energy)
  • Hard Pretzels
  • Snack Mixes (e.g., trail, nut, seed, or party!)
  • Puffs (e.g., cheese, quinoa, rice, veggie)

Judges

Sasha Bernstein Skon

Co-Founder and Director, The Cooking Project

Rada Dogandjieva

Clif Bar & Co., Agricultural Project Manager

Mayo Buenafe-Ze

Adjunct Professor of Cultural Anthropology, University of San Francisco

Sylvie Charles

Founder & CEO, Just Date Syrup

Erika Dimmler

PR Director - Northern California and Pacific Northwest, Whole Foods Market

Caetie Ofiesh

Design Project Manager, Fare Resources

Patty Apple

Marketing & Communications Coordinator, California Farmer's Market Association

Jennifer Dean

Marketing Communications Director, Veritable Vegetable

Alexandria Dempsey

Vice President of Marketing and Branding, Puccini Group

Jorge Gaviria

CEO & Founder, Masienda

Monica Rocchino

Co-Owner, The Local Butcher Shop

Laila Gohar

Conceptual Artist

Kim Hastreiter

Founder, Editor, Publisher, Paper Magazine

David Kurtz

Chef/Owner, Homage SF

Jessica Lioon

Founder, Garlic Press Jess

Ezra Malmuth

CEO, Atlas Edibles

Emilio Mignucci

VP of Culinary Pioneering, Di Bruno Bros.

Gina Wang

Food and Beverage Director, The Assembly

Dan Mills

Founder, Tinker Kitchen

Kelsey Fredston-Hermann

Senior eCommerce Merchandiser, Good Eggs

Lucy Norris

Executive Director, Fresh Approach

Nicola Parisi

Freelance Photographer & Graphic Designer

McKenzie Phelan

Global Food Strategy Manager, Airbnb

Lauren Schaffer

Digital Director, Bare Snacks

Beau Vondra

Partner, Look's Market