Vancouver, BC. (September 16, 2021) – The 14th annual BC Food & Beverage Awards – held virtually for the second year – showcased some of the best of BC including products, companies, and the people in the food and beverage space. From sourdough spaghetti to vegan gyozas, and rising entrepreneurs to longstanding industry leaders – this year’s award winners were selected from the 168 nominations by a panel of judges.
During this year’s Awards Show – sponsored by FASKEN – 16 trophies were handed out, including the new Community Impact Award that went to Vancouver-based, Soul Bite Food.
With 65 years in business, Sunrise Soya Foods was this year’s inductee into the BC Food & Beverage Hall of Fame.
‘Gnubees+’ by GnuSanté Creations wowed the judges at the Product of the Year pitch and took home the coveted Gold Award for Product of the Year. Followed by Kaslo Sourdough’s ‘Sourdough Spaghetti’ winning Silver and Modern Meat’s ‘Modern Gyoza’ securing Bronze.
Autumn Kendrick of GnuSanté Creations says, “This is amazing – to be a part of such a wonderful group of finalists has been extraordinary and receiving this award is such an honour. Thank you to the judges and thank you to everyone at GnuSanté who has gone above and beyond to make Gnubees+ an amazing product that people are loving!”
BCFB Awards Show host, Fred Lee, kept the show fun and fresh for the third year in a row and chatted with special guests including Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Lana Popham. BC Food & Beverage also announced the return of BC’s signature food and beverage industry event, Foodpro 2022, set to take place at the Parq Hotel & Casino on January 25th, 2022.
BC Food & Beverage CEO, James Donaldson, says “With a record number of nominations this year, our team really saw this year’s Awards Show as an opportunity to celebrate the resiliency of our industry. It was an amazing group of finalists in a remarkably competitive field this year, with no shortage of inspiration and entrepreneurial spirit. We’re very excited for the nominees, finalists, and winners.”
Watch the virtual BCFB Awards Show 2021: https://youtu.be/unIpaUMQSOs
List of the 2021 BCFB Award Winners:
Product of the Year Gold: Gnubees+ by GnuSanté Creations
Product of the Year Silver: Sourdough Spaghetti by Kaslo Sourdough
Product of the Year Bronze: Modern Gyoza by Modern Meat
Innovation Award: Organika
People First: Health, Safety & Culture Excellence Award: Golden Boy Foods
Best in Brand Award: SPUD.ca
Export Award: Libre Naturals
Sustainability Award: Cascadia Seaweed
Community Impact Award: Soul Bite Food
Hall of Fame Inductee: Sunrise Soya Foods
Associate Member of the Year: DTEC
Processor Member of the Year: Long Table Distillery
Processor Member of the Year: Big Mountain Foods
Processor Member of the Year: Prairie Goodness
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