Why enter a product?
- Each entry is featured in the print and digital product directory, including a professional product photo and brief overview, which gets seen by leading food industry buyers and media outlets.
- Finalists will receive personalized press releases, the use of the Flavor of Georgia logo on their label and promotional materials, and the opportunity to present their product to a panel of food industry experts.
- Finalists also receive a one-year Georgia Grown membership, compliments of the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
- The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded an exhibit space for up to two registrants at the Georgia Food Industry Association Annual Convention (a $1,500 value) and three consultation sessions from the UGA Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center (FoodPIC) on product or process design; ingredient functionality; sensory testing; or shelf-life determination; a $1,500 value.
It's more than a contest, it's a business booster
Our finalists and winners tell us that publicity from Flavor of Georgia puts them on grocery store shelves, in restaurants and in consumers' hands.
“Flavor of Georgia is an exciting, one-of-a-kind contest for our state’s food artisans. It brings tremendous recognition to producers of quality craft food made with delicious Georgia-grown ingredients. We have been so grateful for the opportunities our win has opened up for the growth of our small business and the support we have had from great people across our state and region.”
-David Goodson, 2018 Grand Prize and Miscellaneous Winner, Goodson Pecans (Leesburg, Ga.)
"Thanks to Flavor of Georgia and our publicist who put us in the local news, we are now in four (new) retails spots, and we are in about nine restaurants and bars. We could not have done ANY of this without Flavor of Georgia. We are now in Madison, Ga., and soon to be in Bishop, Ga."
-Emily Tatum, 2018 Beverages Finalist, Bunkhouse Beverages (Athens, Ga.)
What past participants enjoy most about the contest:
“Sharing stories with fellow finalists and learning about their products.”
“Meeting other small businesses that are often in the same position and face the same challenges.”
“Being able to talk with fellow Georgia food producers and share ideas, connections, resources, etc.”
“I very much enjoyed the community aspect of this event—local businesses coming together to celebrate one another, more than compete against one another. Everyone’s attitudes were positive and uplifting, including the staff.”
“Putting our product in front of influential people.”