Is the judging criteria the same across the categories?

Each class has judging criteria against which the exhibits are assessed. The criteria vary across the different categories but they focus on the sensory and the technical aspects of the product and its appearance (eg. taste, flavour, aroma, texture).

Can a brand owner enter on behalf of a producer?

A brand owner or retailer may enter an exhibit but ONLY if the producer of the contracted product is listed. Trophy status will recognise the producer of the exhibit on behalf of the retailer or brand owner.

Does the product being entered need to be available for commercial sale?

Yes, the product being entered must be commercially available product. All entries should be as per a normal production run.

How many times can I enter a product in the Australian Food Awards?

Any individual product can only be entered once (per year) into the Australian Food Awards. 

Do I need a food license or food certificate to enter?

Garlic Exhibitors don’t need to upload a food licence or food certificate to complete their entry. Olive Oil producers must provide a lab report. 

Other product exhibitors will need to upload a food license document or food certificate before judging commences. Failure to upload certification may result in your entry being withdrawn. 

As of 2018, Australian Food Awards exhibitors must be accredited and supply proof of quality assurance certification. 

This may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification
  • Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification
  • ISO 22000 certification
  • Certification of Food Premises

For further information regarding compliance and certification in your local area, please refer to the FSANZ website.