California Food Expo Awards Program

The California Food Expo hosts a suite of awards used to highlight the innovation, diversity and abundance of California food and beverage products. All confirmed exhibitors are eligible to participate in any or all of these prestigious opportunities. Submissions for applications will be open in the Spring of 2019.

New Product Awards

The New Product Award program is a showcase of the new and innovative food and beverage products and/or packaging concepts debuting each year. Judging for these awards will be conducted by members from the California Retail Advisory Panel and special guest, the Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert, using weighted criteria for Taste, Presentation/Packaging, Marketability and Innovation.

Consumer Choice Awards

The Consumer Choice Awards debuted in 2018, providing an opportunity for all participating exhibitors to submit a product of their choice showcasing the diversity of products grown and produced in California. This award is judged by the Expo’s official Consumer Panel that mirrors the demographics of California for gender, ethnicity, age, income and education, using weighted criteria for Taste, Price, Purchase Probability, and Personal Recommendation.

Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award

Named in honor of Fred Ruiz, founder of Ruiz Food Products, Inc., this award honors companies who have the same vision and qualities that took Ruiz Foods from a small, family start-up to the largest frozen Mexican food manufacturer in the United States, and exhibit leadership, innovation and community stewardship that have positively impacted the California food industry.

Congratulations to the 2018 Award Winners


1st Place: ENZO’s Table Peach Jam Enzo Olive Oil

2nd Place (Tie): Honey Blueberry Ice Cream Ampersand Ice Cream

2nd Place (Tie): Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Producer’s Dairy

3rd Place: Passion Fruit Guava Energy Drink 51 Fifty Enterprises


1st Place: BBQ Tortilla Chips La Tapatia Tortilleria

2nd Place: Tortilla Chips Taco Works

3rd Place: Guacomole Salsa Bobby Salazar’s


Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company