BGood Bars up for national award

Judy Goodman’s Cranberry Hemp BGood bars have made the finalists list for the Nationwide “2019 Good Food Award,” presented by the Good Food Foundation.

Goodman, of Joseph, has been creating her locally produced BGood Bars since 2014 and quickly won the attention of foodie and outdoor sport magazines and retailers. Just four years later, her products are available not just in Wallowa County businesses but through more than 40 retailers throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and the nation.

Competition for the prestigious Good Food Award was stiff with 2,035 entries in 16 categories. Only 26 snacks, including Goodman’s bars, made the final cut in the snack category – three from Oregon.

In all, 401 products from 324 food and drink crafters made it to the top in a blind tasting test. Tasters included bakers, makers, farmers, journalists and chefs — 262 particular palates in all.

Among the criteria for selection as a finalist was meeting a high standard for supply chain transparency and environmentally sound agricultural practices.

Goodman’s Cranberry Hemp bar had to include more than one ingredient that transformed an agricultural product into a value-added snack.

All ingredients were also GMO free; made with certified organic, Fair Trade or traceable to the farm level ingredients; and free of high fructose corn syrup, palm oil or artificial ingredients.

The winners will be announced Jan. 11, 2019, at a 1,000-person gala in the historic San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. This is the ninth year the Good Food Foundation has made these awards.

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