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South GA companies take wins in 'Flavor' competition

Gov. Nathan Deal, left, congratulates Carrol's Meat and Sausage on their win in the meat and seafood category (Source:  UGA) Gov. Nathan Deal, left, congratulates Carrol's Meat and Sausage on their win in the meat and seafood category (Source: UGA)
Gov. Nathan Deal, left, congratulates David Goodson of Goodson Pecans on their win in the snack foods category (Source: UGA) Gov. Nathan Deal, left, congratulates David Goodson of Goodson Pecans on their win in the snack foods category (Source: UGA)
Gov. Nathan Deal, left, congratulates John West on his win in the confections category (Source: UGA) Gov. Nathan Deal, left, congratulates John West on his win in the confections category (Source: UGA)
ATHENS, GA (WALB) -

The University of Georgia held its 2017 Flavor of Georgia Contest, and three entries from South Georgia took tops honors.

Carroll’s Sausage & Meats Inc., won the people's Choice Award.  West Foods Inc., of Edison, took best confection for their Chocolate Covered Fried Peanut Cluster. The best snack food was  Toasted Sriracha Pecans, from Goodson Pecans LLC, of Leesburg.

Harry and Jaime Foster, owners of Georgia Grinders Nut Butters, claimed the grand prize for their Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter.

The annual contest, conducted by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products.  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.

A team of food industry experts and grocery buyers chose Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter as the best of 33 finalists. They rated the products on qualities including innovation, use of Georgia theme, market potential and flavor.

Governor Nathan Deal, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director Sam Pardue congratulated the category and grand prize winners.

"We had 117 products submitted this year and some of the toughest competition we’ve seen in the contest’s 11 year history. These 33 products represented are truly the best of the best," said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. "The legacy of excellence and camaraderie that our Flavor of Georgia finalists and winners have achieved continues to be remarkable."

The winners are listed below by prize name, product name, company name, company representatives and town.

Grand Prize Winner: Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter, Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butters, Chamblee

People's Choice Award: Carroll’s Vidalia Onion and Cheese Smoked Sausage, Carroll’s Sausage & Meats Inc., Ashburn

Barbecue Sauces: Wicked Que Georgia Vinegar Sauce, Neptune Industries Inc., Watkinsville

Beverages: Worryfree Tea, Biron Herbal Teas, Macon

Condiments and Sauces: Midland Ghost White Pepper Sauce, 4Saucerers, Columbus

Confections: Chocolate Covered Fried Peanut Cluster, West Foods Inc., Edison

Dairy or Related Products: Revolution Gelato Chocolate Fantasy, Revolution Gelato LLC, Atlanta

Honey and Related: Honey Pecan Crunch, Hahira Honey House, Stockton

Jams and Jellies: Satsuma Orange Pepper Marmalade, Fairywood Thicket Farm, Fairburn

Meat and Seafood: Carroll’s Vidalia Onion and Cheese Smoked Sausage, Carroll’s Sausage & Meats Inc., Ashburn

Miscellaneous: Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter, Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butters, Chamblee

Sauces and Seasonings: Campfire Salt, Beautiful Briny Sea, Atlanta

Snack Foods: Toasted Sriracha Pecans, Goodson Pecans LLC, Leesburg

(With information from UGA-CAES)

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