We celebrate and recognise innovation in food, showcasing the finest local food producers in New Zealand

Why enter?

As a leading provider of knowledge for food and health innovation in New Zealand, Massey University owns and organises the awards, recognizing the creativity, innovation and excellence of our largest export sector since 1987. Each year the awards celebrate new initiatives in food and beverage production and manufacturing, identifying not only company leaders who inspire others to meet their standards of excellence, but the creative work of product innovators in packaging design, nutrition, enterprise, food safety and quality.

2017 Finalists Announced!

We are proud to announce the finalists for the 2017 NZ Food Awards. There were a record number of entries this year, with strong competition in all categories. Download the PDF below to view the full list of finalists for each category.

View the 2017 NZFA Finalists (PDF)

The winners will be announced at the Gala dinner on the 12th of October.  You can find more information about this event and purchase tickets on the News and Events page.

Key dates 2018

Entries open: 1 May
Regional Events: Throughout May
Entries close: 30 June
Judging: August
Finalist Announcement: 6 September
Gala Dinner 17 October


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Earn our mark

Available to finalists and category winners, these Quality Marks are a testament to the rigorous judging process all entrants go through to find those at the forefront of the industry. For those looking to grow their business, having a Quality Mark may be that extra point of difference to get your foot in the door and your product on the shelf.


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