Governor Nathan Deal, Agricultural Commissioner, Gary Black and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director, Sam Pardue, congratulated the category and grand prize winners at UGA's Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest's grand finale, Tuesday, March 21, at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta.
Winning the Best Beverage, was Macon’s own Biron Herbal Teas; a artisan tea company founded by Andi Biron, a Macon native. Congratulations to their Worryfree Tea which brought home the category award. Their gourmet herbal teas use whole herbs, not remnants, for a flavorful cup of tea with maximum benefits. Worryfree was designed for those that tend to worry or have anxiety. Herbs such as Kava Kava and Ashwagandha, Chamomile, Jasmine, and Lavender, help the mind and body relax.
Over 100 products were submitted. Thirty three where chosen as finalists. Then only the best 10 products were chosen as best of the best in their category, and given an award.
Category winners received an award and membership in the state Department of Agriculture's Georgia Grown program, statewide notoriety and bragging rights. All winners and finalists earn the right to have their products stamped with the 2017 Flavor of Georgia logo. They also gain exposure to grocery buyers and food industry professionals who judged the final round of the contest.
Showcase events like the 2017 Flavor of Georgia competition help entrepreneurs spread the word about their products. Many participants have landed spots in regional and national grocery chains like Whole Foods, Ingles, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, Kroger and Harvey's.
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