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Flat Creek in State Competition
Saturday, 23 February 2013

February 23— Flat Creek Dairy in Emanuel County has been invited to compete in the final round of the 2013 Flavor of Georgia Contest March 11-12 at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in Atlanta.

Flat Creek Lodge’s Georgia Red is one of three cheeses selected as finalists in the dairy product contest.

The Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest is a chance for food businesses to highlight their new products and gather feedback from a panel of food industry professionals.

Finalists will be bring their products to the final round of judging March 11-12 as part of Governor's Annual Agriculture Awareness Week, at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in Atlanta.

This year 25 finalists were selected from a field of more than 100 products thatwere submitted the contest’s eight categories.

“Food entrepreneurs from every corner of the state submitted delicious and innovative Georgia products this year,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. “From the onion fields in south Georgia to in-town Atlanta, we received products that show off the best that the state has offer.”

Kane, a food business development specialist, and her colleagues at the Center for Agribusiness and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, have organized the annual contest since 2007.

 

Judges for this year’s final round of the Flavor of Georgia contest include food brokers, buyers, chefs and other food industry experts. They judge each entry on flavor, use of Georgia ingredients, Georgia theme, innovation, commercial appeal and originality in each category.

Other finalists in the dairy category include Udderly Cool Dairy Applewood Smoked Gouda by Udderly Cool Dairy, LLC in Roopville and Capra Gia Tuscano Marinated Feta by The Capra Gia Cheese Co. in Carrollton.

Finalists in the contest’s other seven categories can be found here www.flavorofgeorgia.caes.uga.edu.

Winners will receive a plaque presented by Governor Nathan Deal and Commissioner ofAgriculture Gary Black, membership in Growing Georgia and bragging rights.

All of the finalists earn the right to have their products stamped with the 2013 Flavor of Georgia logo, and they will gain exposure to the grocery buyers and food science professionals who judge the final round of the contest.

Kane followed up with the 2011 finalists and found that between 70 and 80 percent experienced increased interest in their products, sales and business contacts as a result of the contest.

All of the 2013 Flavor of Georgia entries will be featured in the Flavor of Georgia Product Director. More information about the contest is available is at www.flavorofgeorgia.caes.uga.edu.

This contest is sponsored by the UGA CAES Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in partnership with the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Office of Governor Nathan Deal, Walton EMC, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Agribusiness Council and the UGA Department of Food Science and Technology.

 

 
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