Flavor of Georgia moving to Athens
There’s no magic recipe for success, but there is a time-proven secret ingredient: The Flavor of Georgia food product contest.
For the past 13 years, Georgia food and beverage businesses have found their way into grocery stores and homes across the state after receiving recognition from the University of Georgia’s Flavor of Georgia food product contest. As the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED) in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences gears up for this year’s contest, they are announcing a new ingredient: Georgia’s Classic City.
The unique food scene of Athens and UGA’s commitment to growing small businesses makes the city the perfect location to bring the contest into a new decade. The contest has been held in downtown Atlanta since 2007.
The competition serves new and established food entrepreneurs alike, with four out of five contest finalists reporting increased interest in their products after the contest. More than 75% of finalists report new business contacts and increased sales. Finalists see an average increase in sales of 20.6%, according to a recent survey of finalists between 2014 and 2019.
Registration for the 2020 contest is now open. To enter, visit www.flavorofga.com.
The early registration fee is $100 per entry and continues through Jan. 31, 2020. After that date, the price increases to $150 and remains open until Feb. 7, 2020. All entries are featured in the annual product directory, which is seen by leading food industry buyers and media outlets.
Contest finalists will be invited to participate in a final round of judging on April 7 at the Classic Center in Athens. An awards reception will immediately follow the final competition.
Product categories include barbecue sauces; beverages; condiments and salsas; confections; dairy; honey; jams and jellies; meats and seafood; meat-alternative products; sauces and seasonings; snack foods; and miscellaneous products. There is no limit to the number of products an individual business can submit.