San Francisco, CA – 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
A Small Good, Cider Brined Lonza, Maine Beltex Meats, Pate Forestier, Utah Blackberry Farm, Sobrasada, Tennessee Brooklyn Cured, Lamb Prosciutto, New York
Casella’s Salumi, Casella’s Prosciutto Speciale, New York
Cure Cooking, Spanish Chorizo, Nebraska
Diestel Family Ranch, Uncured Beef Pastrami Deli Slices, California Driftless Provisions, Loukanika and Ghost Diablo, Wisconsin Farmer’s Daughter, Baleron Polski and Harissa Lamb, West Virginia Fra’Mani Handcrafted Foods, Salame Toscano, California
Il Porcellino Salumi, Rosette de Lyon, Colorado
Incontro Cured, Salami de Bue and Salame Sicilia, California
Lady Edison, Fancy Country Ham 10 Month Reserve, North Carolina
Piece of Meat Butcher, Smoked Duck Breast, Louisiana
Pine Street Market, Sweet Heart Ham and Bresaola, Georgia
Olympia Provisions, Rosette de Oregon, Chorizo Rioja and Salami Capri, Oregon
S. Wallace Edwards & Sons, Edwards Virginia Smokehouse Surryano Ham, Virginia Smoking Goose Meatery, Whey Fed Dodge City Salami and Duck Prosciutto, Indiana Tails and Trotters, Krakowska, Oregon
The Local Butcher Shop, Duck Liver Mousse, California
The Meat Hook, Coppa, New York
Underground Meats, Calabrian 3 Ways Salami, Wisconsin
Volpi Foods, Heritage Prosciutto, Missouri