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The Good Food Awards empowers craft food producers as leaders in their food communities by providing concrete business opportunities and national visibility. The Awards bring the products and stories of the country’s best food crafters to the attention of specialty food buyers, national food media and sustainable food movement leaders. By recognizing food producers for both taste and a commitment to sustainability, we hope to move each industry forward. We are proud to announce that the entry period for the fourth annual Good Food Awards closed on July 31 with 1,450 entries from all 50 states.

GOOD FOOD AWARDS 2014 RULES AND REGULATIONS Thank you for entering your products to the 2014 Good Food Awards. Information on how to ship samples has been sent to all entrants via email. Shipping information for the 2014 Good Food Awards is also included below. Please add entries@seedlingprojects.org to your email inbox to ensure that you receive all further updates about your entry status.

Categories: The fourth annual Good Food Awards will honor food and drink from ten different categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, oils, pickles, preserves, and spirits.

Entering your Product for the Blind Tasting: The second and final step of the entry process involves mailing a sample of your product to San Francisco for the September Blind Tasting. All submissions that meet the criteria outlined on the entry form will be judged at a Blind Tasting on September 15th, 2013 in San Francisco. Each category has its own panel of judges with special expertise in the industry; their names can be found on the webpage for each category. In all categories, awards are given to the top scorers from each of five regions: North, South, East, West, and Central. All top scorers must pass a stringent vetting process to be eligible for a Good Food Award.

Shipping Samples: All shipping costs are to be covered by the entrant. Required sample quantities vary according to category and industry standards, and can be found below.

Shipment Dates, Sample Quantities & Instructions: Shipping dates and destinations for the September 15th Blind Tasting vary by category:

Beer: Entries should arrive at GreenLeaf between September 10 and September 12. Download the beer shipping label HERE. Please include a second copy of the shipping label in a zip-lock bag inside the box.

Please send a minimum of 72 ounces per entry product, divided into at least 4 separate bottles. Please note that it is imperative that entrants send at least 4 separate bottles per entry product. E.g. if you entered 3 products, you will need to send a total of 12 bottles.

Charcuterie: Entries should arrive at GreenLeaf between September 10 and September 12. Please include a second copy of the shipping label in a zip-lock bag inside the box. Download the charcuterie shipping label HERE.

Please send a minimum of 16 ounces (one unit) per charcuterie entry.

Cheese: Entries should arrive at GreenLeaf between September 10 and September 12. Please include a second copy of the shipping label in a zip-lock bag inside the box. Download the cheese shipping label HERE.

For fresh and small format cheeses, please send 16 oz or two 4-8 oz whole pieces.  For semi-soft, semi-hard, and hard cheeses, whole wheels are preferred. If whole wheels pose an issue, please send a minimum of 1 lb wrapped in a way which protects the integrity of the cheese.

Chocolate: Entries should arrive at Veritable Vegetable between September 10 and September 12. Download the chocolate shipping label HERE.

Please send a minimum of 120 grams, with 200 grams preferred in case any marring occurs during the shipping process.

Coffee: Entries should arrive at Veritable Vegetable between September 10 and September 12. Download the coffee shipping label HERE.

Please send a minimum of 1 lb. per entry product, with 2 lbs. preferred. Please remove or cover any labels or branding on packaging, and please include the product information on a sticker attached to the bottom of each package.

Confections: Entries should arrive at Veritable Vegetable between September 10 and September 12. Download the confections shipping label HERE.

Please send a minimum of 18 “tastes” per entry, with a taste being equivalent to 1 bon bon, 1 caramel, ¼ of a candy par, one spoonful of cajeta, etc.

Olive Oils: Entries should arrive at The California Olive Oil Council between August 27 and September 3. Download the olive oil shipping label HERE and please complete the mill date and varietal form HERE.

Please send a minimum of two 375 mL bottles, or a minimum of 750 mL in two separate bottles. Please note that it is imperative that entrants send at least two separate bottles per product.

Nut, Seed, and Avocado Oils: Entries should arrive at Veritable Vegetable between September 10 and September 12. Download the nut, seed, and avocado shipping label HERE.

Please send a minimum 750 mL per entry product, split into two separate bottles. Please note that it is imperative that entrants send at least two separate bottles per entry product. E.g. if you entered 3 products, you will need to send a total of at least 6 bottles.

Pickles: Please send a minimum of 24 oz. per submission.
To aid with the blind tasting, please either:
1. Use jars without labels or
2. Cover the label with tape so that it is not visible.
Additionally, please label the bottom of the jar with a sticker containing the following information:
1. Company name
2. Product name

Fermented Pickles: Entries should arrive at GreenLeaf between September 10 and September 12. Please include a second copy of the shipping label in a zip-lock bag inside of the box. Download the fermented pickles shipping label HERE.

Non-Fermented Pickles: Entries should arrive at Veritable Vegetable between September 10 and September 12. Download the non-fermented pickles shipping label HERE.

Preserves: Entries should arrive at Veritable Vegetable between September 10 and September 12. Download the preserves shipping label HERE.

Please send a minimum of 16 oz. per submission. 
To aid with the blind tasting, please either:
1. Use jars without labels or
2. Cover the label with tape so that it is not visible.
Additionally, please label the bottom of the jar with a sticker containing the following information:
1. Company name
2. Product name

Spirits: Entries should arrive at Veritable Vegetable between September 10 and September 12. Download the spirits shipping label HERE.

Please send a minimum of 1000 mL per entry product.

Samples will be stored in optimum conditions through the care of our partners at Veritable VegetableGreenLeaf, and the California Olive Oil Council. Note that unfortunately we are not able to accept samples before the determined arrival window because we do not have use of warehouse space before that time.

Carrier: You may use your preferred mail carrier.  We highly recommend you ship with a tracking number.  Due to the quantity of samples we receive, it is unlikely that the Good Food Awards team will be able to personally confirm the arrival of each entry. Shipping Containers: All of the following are good choices, listed in order of strongest to weakest: Wood, Waxed Corrugated Cardboard, Heavyweight Corrugated Cardboard, Chipboard Cardboard.

Packing Materials: Best: Paper, cardboard Better: Cornstarch (compostable) packing peanuts, available at BioMass PackagingStarch Tech and Puffy StuffGood: Bubble wrap or air-filled clear plastic bags are okay; they will be recycled.

Cold & Bottle: Coolers: Recyclable versions found at E-CoolerGlobe Guard and Green Cell Foam Ice Packs: Bio-degradable, non-toxic versions found at Green Store and PSI Group Bottle Shippers: Recyclable & bio-degradable versions found at UFP Technologies Please do not use Styrofoam peanuts or coolers.  Styrofoam needs special handling, cannot be composted or recycled, and harms wildlife.

Vetting: Entrants are eligible for winning a Good Food Award if they satisfy each of the category-specific criteria on authenticity and responsible production on the entry form. Top Scorers will be vetted through interviews by the Good Food Awards team and its committees of experts before receiving an award.

Ceremony and Marketplace: All Good Food Award winners will be honored at an invitation-only Ceremony on January 17, 2014 and invited to sell at a special public Good Food Awards Marketplace on January 18, 2014 at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

Rules: 1. Up to 3 entries are allowed per producer in all categories except for coffee. Up to 2 entries are allowed per coffee roaster. 2. Each product entered requires a $ 60 processing entry fee, payable by credit card through PayPal via the entry form. 3. All entry fees are non-refundable due to the high volume of submissions. 3. Shipping and product costs for entries are to be covered by the entrant. 4. Products must be made in a licensed kitchen and be ready for sale. 5. Entrants may be called prior to or after the Blind Tasting to verify that they meet the eligibility criteria listed in the entry form, and may be disqualified if any statements are found to be false.

The Good Food Awards team is thrilled to acknowledge our generous sponsors.