New Product Awards

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 Details Coming Soon!

2016 New Product Award Entries
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68 votes
559 Beer
559 Beer
559 Beer is branded to promote the Central Valley's agriculture in a unique product. Our beers feature locally grown ingredients along with German grains & hops to produce new genre beverages. We manufacture our line of (8) eight different styles in Clovis as a family owned and operated brewery.
68 votes
559 Beer
559 Beer
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77 votes
99 Golden Ale
Tioga Sequoia
99 is a Golden Ale that was crafted for all beer drinkers. It's light, refreshing, crisp flavor makes it an easy choice for all occasions.
77 votes
99 Golden Ale
Tioga Sequoia
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1,003 votes
ARO Gourmet Pistachios Grower's Reserve with Himalayan Pink Salt
ARO Pistachio
We are multi-generation pistachio farmers and serious about our nuts! Farmed in Terra Bella, Calif., our pistachio trees descend from the same ancient Persian stock harvested by our ancestry. EXCEPTIONALLY GOURMET: Only the biggest and the best are chosen form our sun-ripened grower's reserve crop. USDA Fancy California natural JUMBO pistachios, roasted to perfection with nutrient-dense Himalayan pink salt. Kosher Non-GMO Heart-Check.
1,003 votes
ARO Gourmet Pistachios Grower's Reserve with Himalayan Pink Salt
ARO Pistachio
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200 votes
Aubrey's Jerky
SnackMasters Gourmet Jerky
Beefier than beef jerkly. Like all things craft, both Spicy Chili and Beefy Teriyaki pair familiar food concepts with the unexpected, using beef heart meat and classic savory marinades. This specialty cut is similar in flavor but denser than beef top round, and our artisanal marinade and oven-cook technique create a truly tasty experience. Using a cut of beef much loved in international cuisine and by foodies across the U.S., Aubrey's Jerky is a fun, delicious and healthy snack. Aubrey's Jerky craft meat snacks come in two flavors of 2oz. portions.
200 votes
Aubrey's Jerky
SnackMasters Gourmet Jerky
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61 votes
Cabron Hot Sauce
Cabron
Cabron Hot Sauce with artisan blends of peppers and spices that balances heat with delicious flavor. With three flavors, Original, Lima (lime), and Fuego (extra hot), hot sauce aficionados will find Cabron Hot Sauce will be their go-to hot sauce.
61 votes
Cabron Hot Sauce
Cabron
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18 votes
Catching Up IPA
Riley's Brewing
This IPA is hop bursted with El Dorado, Amarillo, Ahtanum, Cascade and Chinook hops during the boil and dry-hop process. Delicious flavors and aromas of juicy fruits, citrus, and pine are balanced with clean bitterness in this tribute to the new generation of American hops.
18 votes
Catching Up IPA
Riley's Brewing
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20 votes
Dog's Dig 'Em
St. Francis Homeless Project/Dog's Dig 'Em
All natural dog treats made at the Institute of Technology in Clovis. We are a paid training and educational program for disadvantaged women.
20 votes
Dog's Dig 'Em
St. Francis Homeless Project/Dog's Dig 'Em
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140 votes
Dried Fruit Spreads
California Dried Fruit, Inc
California Dried Fruit, Inc Dried Fruit Butter Spreads are processed from natural ingredients into smooth and rich butter-like consistency. Our spreads can be pumped or poured and used as ingredients, toppings, spreads, and favorings.
140 votes
Dried Fruit Spreads
California Dried Fruit, Inc
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9 votes
Dried Honey Pluots
California Fruit Basket
Pluots are a hybrid of mostly plum and apricot parentage. The Pluot is unique in that it contains higher sugar content than both the standard plum and apricot, resulting in a sweet, tasty flavor.
9 votes
Dried Honey Pluots
California Fruit Basket
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61 votes
ENZO Organic Clementine Crush
Enzo Olive Oil
ENZO Organic Clementine Crush begins with 100% estate grown organic olives which are then milled together with fresh California Mandarins. The result is an exceptional, unfiltered olive oil yielding a natural citrus essence and aroma.
61 votes
ENZO Organic Clementine Crush
Enzo Olive Oil
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7 votes
Flavored Dry Roasted Almonds
Heartridge Farms
Gourmet seasoned dry roasted almonds in the following flavors: Wasabi Garlic & Onion, Peking Plum Sauce, and Peking Plum Sauce.
7 votes
Flavored Dry Roasted Almonds
Heartridge Farms
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59 votes
Flavored Walnut Butter
Poindexter Nut Company
A versatile line of all-natural walnut spreads in exciting flavors, made with real simple ingredients.
59 votes
Flavored Walnut Butter
Poindexter Nut Company
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49 votes
Flavored Walnuts
Poindexter Nut Company
All natural walnuts coated in a whole line of exciting flavors. Made with real, down-to-earth, recognizable ingredients that you can feel good about.
49 votes
Flavored Walnuts
Poindexter Nut Company
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131 votes
Freeze-Dried Organic Fruit
Homegrown Organic Farms
The best freeze-dried organic fruit on the planet! We're offering a delicious organic fruit snack that has an 18-month shelf-life, but it has [wait for it]… no preservatives! That's impressive, but there are a lot of other things we didn't add either - like sugar, for instance. The only thing in each bag is the perfectly crunchy, great tasting, purely organic goodness of our Homegrown freeze-dried fruit. Oh, and did we mention, it's good for you?
131 votes
Freeze-Dried Organic Fruit
Homegrown Organic Farms
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28 votes
Fresh Garbanzo Beans in a Clam Shell
Califresh
Most commonly available only in bulk at Hispanic food chains, our 10oz clam shell is attractive to “Foodies” looking for fresh new produce to enjoy and more realistic for mainstream grocery outlets. I see a future where the green garbanzo is a star in the produce section of the local grocery, inviting the consumer to travel backwards from the dry garbanzo they are so accustomed and experience the fresh, unique and delicious delicacy that it is today.
28 votes
Fresh Garbanzo Beans in a Clam Shell
Califresh
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158 votes
Inclusions Craft Chocolate Bars
Molucca Chocolate
We kick it up a notch. Single origin craft chocolate meets local ingredient in our local collaboration inclusion bars. Real chocolate you will be amazed with, plus the foods you love
158 votes
Inclusions Craft Chocolate Bars
Molucca Chocolate
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247 votes
Lanna Cold Brew
Lanna Coffee Co.
Cold Brew is made using a 16-hour process that leads to an extremely smooth, balanced, and less acidic cup of coffee. Rather than the traditional method of using hot water to brew coffee, we replace the heat with time to extract amazing flavor notes from our delicious Thai coffee. It is packaged in eight ounce bottles, reminiscent of old medicine bottles, to further enhance the experience of enjoying a great product made with honest processes.
247 votes
Lanna Cold Brew
Lanna Coffee Co.
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24 votes
Misculio
EVONO
Misculio is a natural blend of chopped black olives, sundried tomatoes, award winning extra virgin olive oil, herbs and spices. It can be used "as-is" or in creations only limited by one's cooking imagination.
24 votes
Misculio
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24 votes
Nature's Joy Flavored Pistachio Kernels
Nature's Joy
Flavored pistachio kernels in the perfect snack size! The 2.25 oz bags of NO SHELL pistachio kernels comes in three flavors: Cajun Hotter Sauce, Smoky BBQ, and California Ranch.
24 votes
Nature's Joy Flavored Pistachio Kernels
Nature's Joy
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57 votes
P*DE*Q Pre Baked
P*DE*Q
Brazilian style cheese bread, made with tapioca flour, naturally gluten-free. Delicious anytime snack, it comes in three different flavors: Original, Jalapeno, and Chocolate. This product is full baked, sold frozen. Simply warm them up and serve in less than 10 minutes. Delicious, convenient, and versatile.
57 votes
P*DE*Q Pre Baked
P*DE*Q
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27 votes
Riley's Hard Hand Crafted Root Beer
Riley's Brewing
Our hand crafted root beer with an added kick too, as if it were made on the still! Nothing can compare to the full flavor of this truly original recipe. Made the way Grandpa would make it!
27 votes
Riley's Hard Hand Crafted Root Beer
Riley's Brewing
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204 votes
Sarah's Harvest-Fresh Green Chickpea Hummus
Califresh
A premium gourmet hummus made with fresh green garbanzos, Sarah's Harvest never uses dried boiled garbanzos like traditional hummus. Picked at perfection, made fresh with a taste and texture that leaves the brown paste you are used to in the dust! Enjoy Sarah's premium hummus as an enjoyable burst of flavor on its own, as a spread or an ingredient. It is the best hummus you have EVER tasted. We are now offering this product in two sizes of piping bags for ease of use, 9.5 oz. bag and a 2 lb. bag.
204 votes
Sarah's Harvest-Fresh Green Chickpea Hummus
Califresh
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528 votes
Setton Farms Pistachio Berry Blend
Setton Farms
A delicious blend that takes our family's best tasting premium quality California Pistachios and combines them with tart cherries and cranberries, fresh roasted almonds and cashews, and creamy white chips for a decadent combination sure to please.
528 votes
Setton Farms Pistachio Berry Blend
Setton Farms
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361 votes
Single Use Glass Milk Bottles
Rosa Brothers Milk Company
Single serve glass bottled milk that you can take with you on the go. No deposit on this bottle, simply recycle the glass when finished. Comes in whole milk, strawberry, chocolate and banana flavors.
361 votes
Single Use Glass Milk Bottles
Rosa Brothers Milk Company
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95 votes
Tasteful Selections Season & Savor Potatoes
RPE
Our new Tasteful Selections™ Season & Savor™ includes fresh, bite-sized potatoes that meet the highest standards for quality, taste, texture, and culinary experience. Reimagine comfort food with these delectable prewashed, fast cooking potatoes that don't need any peeling. Perfect for any busy household, each tray includes four servings of creamy potatoes and a seasoning packet of one of three exciting new flavors: Smoky Bacon & Ranch, Black Pepper, Rosemary & Thyme, and our seasonal favorite Brown Sugar & Cinnamon. For more information, visit TastefulSelections.com or visit RPE, Inc. at Booth 45.
95 votes
Tasteful Selections Season & Savor Potatoes
RPE
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84 votes
Tasteful Selections Take & Shake Potatoes
RPE
Tasteful Selections™ is pleased to announce the launch of their Take & Shake™ cups. Aimed for convenience, these snack-sized treats are available in three exciting new flavors: Chipotle BBQ, Chili Lime and Black Pepper, Rosemary & Thyme. Each flavor provides a unique culinary experience and a reimagined potato product. These cups will satisfy cravings and provide a healthier option to grab-and-go eating. For more information, visit TastefulSelections.com or visit RPE, Inc. at Booth 45.
84 votes
Tasteful Selections Take & Shake Potatoes
RPE
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The Healthy Nut
Next Generation Agriculture
Almonds roasted and salted in the shell.
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The Healthy Nut
Next Generation Agriculture
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11 votes
Three Hours From Nowhere
Bird Street Brewing
Brewed with locally sourced strawberries, Three Hours From Nowhere is a blonde ale that is refreshing for the hot Central Valley summer months. Not too sweet and a little tart, this is perfect after a hard day's work or when simply relaxing.
11 votes
Three Hours From Nowhere
Bird Street Brewing
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23 votes
Top Line Milk
Top Line Milk Company
Locally produced, minimally processed whole and chocolate milk is bottled right on our 3rd generation dairy farm. Sizes include Whole Cream Top gallons, 1/2 gallons, pints, 1/2 pints, and Chocolate 1/2 gallons, pints and 1/2 pints.
23 votes
Top Line Milk
Top Line Milk Company
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16 votes
Turtle Haus Smokey! Soft Shell Almonds
Turtle Haus
Easy to open by hand and highly addictive, Turtle Haus Smokey Soft Shell Almonds are three generations of almond prowess packed into a smoke-brined nutshell. Great for sharing with others and not sharing at all, these soft shell almonds are a healthy pairing with beer, wine, board games, good times, bad times, and all the times in between. Paleo-friendly, gluten-free, Non-GMO, Vegan, and Dolphin-Friendly!
16 votes
Turtle Haus Smokey! Soft Shell Almonds
Turtle Haus
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37 votes
Tyler Florence Test Kitchen Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Enzo Olive Oil
The perfect balanced blend of ENZO Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki organic estate-grown olives yields an oil with an exceptionally smooth, buttery, grassy taste and a mild peppery finish. Drizzle the premium olive oil over grilled meats, poultry or vegetables - our use it to enhance your favorite salad dressings, sauces, and marinades.
37 votes
Tyler Florence Test Kitchen Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Enzo Olive Oil
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51 votes
Valley Lahvosh Christmas Trees, Original Flavor
Valley Lahvosh Baking Company
Valley Lahvosh Christmas Trees are the perfect carrier cracker to joyfully serve with cheeses, dips, and spreads. It's slightly sweet flavor & crisp, bubbly texture make it a merry choice for hors d'oeuvres as well as a jollyaccompaniment to soups & salads.
51 votes
Valley Lahvosh Christmas Trees, Original Flavor
Valley Lahvosh Baking Company
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67 votes
Velvet Night Brandy
In Distill of the Night Spirits
I take carefully selected California wine varietals, and using time honored consistent distillation methods create the highest grade products possible. Then delicately aging the product in American and Hungarian oak barrels, and blend it to perfection in small batches to create a truly unique artisan brandy. These are prescribed to reach the benchmarks I set when producing Velvet Night Brandy. A brandy-esque nose, an array of elegant, yet bold flavor, and lasting smooth finish that's rich in character.
67 votes
Velvet Night Brandy
In Distill of the Night Spirits
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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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