New Product Awards

Presented by Baker Peterson Franklin, CPA, LLP

The Fresno Food Expo New Product Awards is a showcase of Central California’s new and innovative food and beverage products, providing an exciting platform for participating exhibitors to promote their new product or packaging concept to the Expo’s buyer and consumer audiences.

Our region’s food trendsetters are acknowledged with two distinctive awards annually, including: the People’s Choice Award and the Buyer’s Choice Award.

People’s Choice Award
This award provides an opportunity for our consumer audience to participate by voting on their favorite new product. All entries received for the Food Expo New Product Awards will be entered into the “People’s Choice Award,” and will be voted on by the public through the Fresno Food Expo Facebook page and website. In addition, applicants are encouraged to promote their new product through their own marketing avenues to encourage voter participation. Voting for this award will run from Wednesday, July 13 – Tuesday, July 25.

Buyer’s Choice Award
This highly sought after industry award is determined by two panels of retail and foodservice buyers in two distinct rounds of judging, including the Preliminary Judging Round and the Celebrity Judging Round. The Preliminary Judging Round will take place at the New Product Award Preview Event on July 12, 2017. Finalists from this round will go onto the Celebrity Judging Round, which will take place on Exhibitor Set-Up day, July 26, 2017 at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center, Hall II. The Buyer’s Choice Award will acknowledge 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Winners.

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Exhibitor Information

Complete Contest Rules

Applications Due:
Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 5 p.m.

New Product Award Preview Event:
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Award Winners Announced:
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Pairings

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A Special Congratulations to the 2016 Award Winners:

Buyer’s Choice Award:
1st Place: Aubrey’s Jerky
SnackMasters Gourmet Jerky

2nd Place: 99 Golden Ale
Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company

3rd Place: Lanna Cold Brew
Lanna Coffee Co.

People’s Choice Award:
ARO Gourmet Pistachios Grower’s Reserve with Himalayan Pink Salt, ARO Pistachio

2017 New Product Award Entries
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31 votes
2014 Barbera Reserve
Cardella Winery
Our Reserve series is a designation we use to denote wines that display exceptional quality. The Barbera Reserve benefitted from additional cellar aging with new French oak, greatly enhancing the structure and aromatic profile. Ripe fruity flavors are complimented by an intense nose of crushed cherries and black fig, underscored with chocolate, vanilla and a hint of spice. The Barbera Reserve is a delectable wine that is very complex with fine balance and a nice, savory finish.
31 votes
2014 Barbera Reserve
Cardella Winery
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7 votes
Almond Butter
Alldrin Brothers, INC.
"After four generations, we know how to farm almonds. Each generation of our family business has learned the lessons of our forefathers, continuing the progress of the farm with new technology and techniques. The highest priority in the Alldrin Family is to care for our land and the trees with special attention to produce the highest quality almonds possible. Some might see sorting rocks and twigs from almonds and removing their shells a tedious chore, but we take pride in tossing out the bad nuts. When you take the time to be picky, you’ll have more enjoyment with the results."
7 votes
Almond Butter
Alldrin Brothers, INC.
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6 votes
Almond Butter
Better Butter
"Growing up in a farming family (Kahal Farms) that mainly grows Almonds, our family tried to incorporate almonds in to our snacks. Then after graduating Medical School I became more conscious about what I put in to my body. From there I tried to be more creative about how I could make my meals and snacks more tasty. One day, I was craving a healthy a snack and one thing led to another and the baby product almond butter was created. It is Gluten-free and Vegan. We use almonds that are grown locally. We believe in helping people eat healthy and smart."
6 votes
Almond Butter
Better Butter
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77 votes
Bloody Mary Almonds
Jasper Specialty Foods
Jake, a fourth generation member of the Jasper Family, is proud to continue the farming traditions passed down for over 70 years. Each of Jake's bold flavors are made from premium almonds and roasted in small batches to deliver exceptional quality. Jake's Bloody Mary Almonds are a classic spin on the traditional Bloody Mary, highlighting the bold flavors of spicy tomato and horseradish. Try one of his many exciting new flavors "Straight from Jake's Orchard" to you.
77 votes
Bloody Mary Almonds
Jasper Specialty Foods
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7 votes
Cabron Hot Jam
Cabron Hot Sauce
Taste nature with a kick. Using the freshest apricots from the Central Valley and infusing it with the special blend of spices that will liven up your favorite foods. The complex sweet/savory jam will make you crave to put it on all of your favorite foods.
7 votes
Cabron Hot Jam
Cabron Hot Sauce
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25 votes
California PartyPack- Wine Trail Edition
Busseto Foods
Busseto Foods is proud of the products produced in the San Joaquin Valley, and is showcasing those products in a new “California Snacking” Line—featuring products produced right here in the Valley, and introduced throughout the United States These packages include- Busseto’s famous dry cured meats, California nuts, Valley Lavosh crackers, and cheese from Joseph Farms. A great way to bring our “Best in the West” products to consumers everywhere!
25 votes
California PartyPack- Wine Trail Edition
Busseto Foods
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32 votes
Candy Cane White Chocolate Caramel Popcorn
Roberts Ferry Nut Company
What's better than our handmade, small batch caramel popcorn? Handmade, small batch caramel popcorn drizzled with Guittard white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy cane! Launched for the 2016 holiday season, this sweet, crunchy, minty treat was an instant hit with our loyal customers and brought many new fans into the fold. Candy Cane White Chocolate Caramel Popcorn is slated to return for the 2017 holiday season as a limited time offering.
32 votes
Candy Cane White Chocolate Caramel Popcorn
Roberts Ferry Nut Company
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2 votes
Chili Lime Herb Pecans
Hamilton Ranches
Our Hamilton Ranches Garlic Herb pecans will have your taste buds dancing in flavors of garlic and mix herbs. The seasoning in combination of the rich buttery taste of the pecan is like eating garlic bread without the added carbs. Our Hamilton Ranches Chili Lime pecans is a great balance of chili and lime flavor. Never to hot with the perfect balance of lime! Enjoy this product alongside your favorite cool beverage or just as a taste healthy snack available for free range snaking!
2 votes
Chili Lime Herb Pecans
Hamilton Ranches
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357 votes
Cold Brew Coffee Milk
Rosa Brothers Milk Company/Lanna Coffee Co.
Our Cold Brew Coffee Milk is a combination of our delicious Rosa Brothers' reduced fat milk and Lanna Coffee's cold brew concentrate with some added sugar making it suitable for everyone. This product comes in the half gallon size and our Single serve 12 oz. size. The best part is that both sizes are in our signature glass bottles.
357 votes
Cold Brew Coffee Milk
Rosa Brothers Milk Company/Lanna Coffee Co.
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7 votes
Dog's Dig Em'
Saint Francis Homeless Project, Inc.
All natural dog treats made at Institute of Technology in Clovis. We are a paid training and educational program for disadvantaged women!
7 votes
Dog's Dig Em'
Saint Francis Homeless Project, Inc.
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30 votes
ENZO Fresno Chili Crush
ENZO Olive Oil
ENZO Fresno Chili Crush - 100% estate grown organic olives milled with Fresno Chili peppers create a savory olive oil that is sure to add a bold, spicy finish to artisan pizzas, grilled vegetables, meats and fish.
30 votes
ENZO Fresno Chili Crush
ENZO Olive Oil
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8 votes
ENZO'S TABLE Pesto
ENZO's Table
The Ricchiuti Family continues a 100-year tradition of excellence with the release of ENZO's TABLE Pesto. ENZO'S TABLE Pesto pairs well with pasta, crostini, panini, artisan cheese, rustic crackers, grilled vegetables, and meat, or atop fresh mozzarella.
8 votes
ENZO'S TABLE Pesto
ENZO's Table
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14 votes
Half Dome California Wheat
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co.
Half Dome in Yosemite National Park is one of the most iconic and recognizable images in California. Like the magnificent granite dome, our Half Dome California Wheat is an original. It has evolved over the years, and finally reached its peak through a partnership with the Fresno County Farm Bureau, which provides the locally sourced Stone Fruit that makes Half Dome so unique. Go on an adventure with this smooth, refreshing and juicy wheat beer, flavored from the heart of California, and take your taste buds to new heights
14 votes
Half Dome California Wheat
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co.
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3 votes
Handcrafted Gin
Riley's Brewing Co.
"Our Hand Crafted Gin, is smooth and fresh. It is made with 100% corn and it is five times distilled."
3 votes
Handcrafted Gin
Riley's Brewing Co.
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4 votes
Handcrafted Original vodka
Riley's Brewing Co.
"Our Hand Crafted Original Vodka, is smooth and fresh. It is made with 100% corn and it is five times distilled."
4 votes
Handcrafted Original vodka
Riley's Brewing Co.
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126 votes
Ho Tai Chai
L.T. Sue Co.
"Enjoy Ho Tai Chai figstaschio, orangebliss, and cocoanut teas and relish in its local flavor. The L.T. Sue Co. takes tasty fruit and nuts from Central California's fertile San Joaquin Valley and mixes them with premium tea along with a proprietary blend of Imperial Chai Spices to create whimsical teas that are full of flavor. Figstaschio has tasty Black Mission figs, premium black tea, Imperial Chai Spices and colorful flower petals. Orangebliss has yummy oranges, splendid green tea, Imperial Chai Spices, jasmine blossoms and marigold petals. Cocoanut has scrumptious almonds, superb black tea, Imperial Chai Spices, cocoa, coconut and jasmine."
126 votes
Ho Tai Chai
L.T. Sue Co.
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2 votes
Low & Slow Old-fashioned cream top milk
Top Line Milk
Customers had been asking for our cream-top milk (especially the chocolate) in a quart size and we listened, along with refining and redesigning our label. It is the first of our new, simplified branding for our old-time product. Like always, our milk is still processed Low & Slow tm.
2 votes
Low & Slow Old-fashioned cream top milk
Top Line Milk
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42 votes
Mesquite Smoked Almonds
Jasper Specialty Foods
Jake, a fourth generation member of the Jasper Family, is proud to continue the farming traditions passed down for over 70 years. Each of Jake's bold flavors are made from premium almonds and roasted in small batches to deliver exceptional quality. Jake's Mesquite Smoked Almonds have a rich robust smoked flavor with a touch of sweetness. Try one of his many exciting new flavors "Straight from Jake's Orchard" to you.
42 votes
Mesquite Smoked Almonds
Jasper Specialty Foods
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398 votes
Purple Yam Brioche
The Brioche Lady
I bake only french brioches like the kind I grew up eating in France. Brioche is a pastry bread, rich in eggs and butter. Different types of brioches can be found in different regions of France. I bake different varieties from the original brioche (no filling), chocolate, blueberry cream cheese, strawberry cream cheese, cinnamon, and pumpkin brioches.
398 votes
Purple Yam Brioche
The Brioche Lady
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73 votes
Steak ‘N Grill Seasoning
Pappy’s Fine Foods & Certified Meat Products
Certified Meat Products Steak 'N Grill Seasoning is a blend of quality spices and herbs specifically formulated to highlight Certified Meat's high quality protein products. Certified Steak 'N Grill Seasoning ensures that Certified Meat is your source for not only all things protein but all things delicious.
73 votes
Steak ‘N Grill Seasoning
Pappy’s Fine Foods & Certified Meat Products
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260 votes
Sun-Maid Sour Strawberry Flavored Golden Raisins
Sun-Maid Growers of California
Sun-Maid Sour Strawberry Flavored Golden Raisins are a real fruit, no sugar added snack with a sour flavor kids love. Plus, they pack the same nutritional benefits as regular Sun-Maid Raisins, made from grapes and sunshine. Thanks to no cholesterol, no saturated fat, and no added sugar, raisins are the original energy-boosting snack—easy to carry, perfectly portioned, and a source of fiber, potassium and other key nutrients. New Sour Strawberry Flavored Golden Raisins satisfy kids’ preference for sour flavors with a healthy snack of Golden Raisins and no added sugar.
260 votes
Sun-Maid Sour Strawberry Flavored Golden Raisins
Sun-Maid Growers of California
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3 votes
Super Food Mix
Roberts Ferry Nut Company
Super Food Mix to the rescue! When your energy is flagging and Friday seems like an entire lifetime away, this new mix of healthy fruits and nuts will give you superhero strength to power through. One of 5 new mixes handmade@RFNC, this mix is like kryptonite to your midweek slump! Whole natural almonds, walnut halves, whole dried blueberries and cherries make up this mix that delivers on nutrition with craveable texture and flavors.
3 votes
Super Food Mix
Roberts Ferry Nut Company
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59 votes
Sweet Bunches
Horizon Marketing, Inc.
Horizon is delivering Fresh Fruit to Schools. Sweet Bunches is a Fresh Fruit Cuts, a product designed to deliver healthier food to schools. This new product offers 2.5 oz baggies, 100 per case, 48 cases per pallets, shelf life - from 14 to 18 days, no added sugar or gluten and dry bag technology. Grapes are supplied by grower from Central Valley California and Chile.
59 votes
Sweet Bunches
Horizon Marketing, Inc.
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75 votes
Tia Fina's Salsa
Tia Fina's Products
A truly authentic salsa with a beautiful balance of flavor and heat. Must i add the fire roasted taste with an excellent texture.
75 votes
Tia Fina's Salsa
Tia Fina's Products
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17 votes
Tortilla Flats
CASA de TAMALES
"Fresh hand-pressed corn tortillas. Ready to brown tortillas for the 'abuelita' authentic flavor. made with only one ingredient, non-gmo corn. Fresh stone-ground tortillas, not made from corn meal. Flavors available are natural corn, habanero ~pesto and tomato~chipotle. All hand pressed."
17 votes
Tortilla Flats
CASA de TAMALES
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33 votes
Two Cities Barrel Aged Cold Brew Coffee
Two Cities Coffee Roasters
Two Cities Coffee Roasters is introducing our Barrel Aged Cold Brew Coffee. Aged in wine barrels, our green coffee beans take on beautiful tasting notes and aromas of wine. When roasted and cold brewed, this coffee highlights the natural, smooth tasting notes of both the cold brew and the wine.
33 votes
Two Cities Barrel Aged Cold Brew Coffee
Two Cities Coffee Roasters
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66 votes
Two Cities Rolled Ice Cream
Two Cities Coffee Roasters
Two Cities Coffee Roasters Rolled Ice Creamery feautures the new concept to our area of rolled ice cream which is frozen in small batches and utilizes fresh local ingredients. Many of our organic ice creams are inspired by our signature lattes and use our freshly pulled signature Two Cities Espresso.
66 votes
Two Cities Rolled Ice Cream
Two Cities Coffee Roasters
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145 votes
Wicked Harvest Pistachio Bourbon
Meridian Growers
Wicked Harvest Bourbon Whiskey is a Petite Batch of aged Bourbon finished in used wine barrels with real pistachios grown in the Central Valley. This is not a flavored product but rather, one where pistachios are infused in the Bourbon itself. Farmer owned and crafted by nature, this Bourbon has unique flavor profiles with an approachable, supple and long finish. We envision this as a top shelf product both straight up or as part of creative craft cocktails. Wicked Harvest arrived three and a half weeks ago and we are excited to bring this Bourbon to the Fresno Food Expo!
145 votes
Wicked Harvest Pistachio Bourbon
Meridian Growers
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A Special Thank You to our 2016 Celebrity Judging Panel
Erna Kubin-Clanin
Proprietress of The Estate by the Elderberries

Chef, Restaurateur and Hotelier Erna Kubin-Clanin's started her career in the restaurant industry in 1969 in Westwood, Los Angeles, and moved to the Central Valley region, just south of Yosemite in 1977 where she began introducing visitors to prix fix, five-course dining cuisines at the Redwood Inn. In 1984 she opened Erna's Elderberry House and determined to complete the Estate with a hotel, she began construction in April 1990 on the adjacent ten-room Château du Sureau with builder Gary Browns. The Estate by the Elderberries, so named for the elderberry bushes that cover the grounds - was completed with the addition of the Château, which bears the French name for the elderberry, baie du sureau, and welcomed its first guests May 1991.

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Allan Grice
Sales Manager - Pacific Division Valley Coastal, United Natural Foods, Inc.

Allan Grice is a Sales Manager for United Natural Foods Inc. Allan's experience includes 40 years in the food industry specializing in Retail Foods. He began his career with Alpha Beta Food stores in 1973. He joined the Tony's Fine Foods team in 1985 which is now known as UNFI. His responsibilities include Division Sales Manager and managing Corporate Accounts. His vision is to lead customers and his sales team to profitable growth and success.  Allan Grice's knowledge of the food industry has put him as a leader in the industry. Allan resides in Clovis California and is married with two sons and one granddaughter.

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Jim Jarosz
Division Manager, Landsberg Orora Engineered Packaging Solutions

Jim is Division Manager of the Fresno location for Landsberg Orora, a world-class leader in innovative packaging solutions that partners with your business to provide an unsurpassed packaging experience.  Whether you need custom corrugated boxes, standard packaging materials, or a fully-automated production line – you will experience the ideal packaging solution.

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Sean Topping
DSD Receiving Manager, Local Marketing & Merchandising Lead, Albertson’s-Safeway Northern California Division

Sean Topping connects small, local food producers with the opportunity to merchandise their products in Safeway/Vons stores throughout Northern California, Northern Nevada, and Hawaii. During his 25+ years of retail marketing and merchandising experience in category management, pricing and supply chain, Sean has made buying decisions affecting over 1,500 retail stores in food categories such as coffee, condiments, frozen food, juice, pasta sauce, soup, and tea. 

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Harvindar Singh
Co-Founder & CEO

Harv Singh, co-founder and CEO of Forager Ventures, is an accomplished local food forager who has "foraged" and nurtured some of the most innovative natural, organic brands for Whole Foods Market since 2006.  Harv was one of Whole Foods Markets original forager, who cultivated over 1,000 new local supplier relationships for all product categories and helped develop Whole Foods Markets local program into a successful model for mentoring and supporting the growth of emerging local food entrepreneurs in Northern California. In his role at Forager Ventures, Harv along with his retail partners and business advisors seek out innovative brands and accelerate their growth in the natural food channel.

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