Meet the Good Food Awards Finalists of 2020
These 307 food & drink crafters from 42 states, D.C. and Guam represent the best in delicious, sustainable fare
San Francisco, CA (November 5, 2019) – As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, the Good Food Foundation is proud to announce the 307 companies in the running for a 2020 Good Food Award. 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 2020 Finalists recognized today are emphasizing fairness and transparency from seed to plate, promoting safe and enjoyable working environments, and safeguarding biodiversity by creating products free of genetically modified ingredients. Finalists from across the 17 categories are crafting food that is good for both consumers and the environment, favoring practices that build soil health for generations to come without the use of pesticides and herbicides.
The 403 products listed below from these 307 outstanding food and drink crafters first rose to the top in a blind tasting of 1,835 entries by 252 grocers, makers, farmers, journalists and chefs; then passed a rigorous vetting to confirm they meet Good Food Awards standards regarding ingredient sourcing and environmentally sound agricultural practices. An additional 17 high scoring products were disqualified for not meeting the sustainability standards.
Amongst the Finalists are Amber Lambke of Maine Grains, a company in this year’s new Grains category with a bold idea to repurpose a jailhouse into a gristmill, Laura Stewart of Haw River Mushrooms, a North Carolina-based farm transforming oyster mushrooms into vegan jerky, and Paul Backbier of Island Honey Bee, the first ever Good Food Award Finalist from Guam. All of the Finalists – including 113 companies (28%) that have never won before – partner with hundreds of farmers, ranchers and fishermen to actively build a better food system.
The Winners will be announced on Friday, January 17, 2020, at a 1,000 person gala in the historic San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, followed by two days of celebration including the public Good Food Awards Marketplace at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (Tickets: $5) and the industry-only Good Food Mercantile. A limited number of tickets are available to join the Winners at the Awards Ceremony (Tickets: $235).
Organizers & Supporters:
The Good Food Awards are organized by the Good Food Foundation 501 (c) 3. The Presenting Sponsor is the Good Food Merchants Collaborative, comprised of 18 of the country’s top independently-owned retailers from Ann Arbor to Oakland to Sioux Falls, all of whom are committed to supporting America’s great food crafters. Joining them is a vibrant group of key supporters, including Premiere Sponsors Williams Sonoma, Bi-Rite Market, Vermont Cheese Council and Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Lead Sponsors Dominic Phillips Event Marketing, Veritable Vegetable, Clarkson Potter and Ten Speed Press also make the weekend possible.
Special thanks to the Good Food Merchants Collaborative Members:
Bi-Rite Market, Canyon Market, Cowgirl Creamery, Cured, Di Bruno Bros., Each Peach Market, Foragers Market, Glen’s Garden Market, Good Earth Natural Foods, Harmons Grocery, Look’s Market, Market Hall Foods, Market of Choice, Palace Market, TASTE, Woodstock Farmers’ Market, World Foods Portland, Zingerman’s Family of Businesses