Atlanta business takes top honors in the 2019 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Sam Pardue congratulates Suzy Sheffield of Atlanta's Beautiful Briny Sea and Holly Hollifield on their grand prize win at Flavor of Georgia 2019.
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Sam Pardue congratulates Suzy Sheffield of Atlanta's Beautiful Briny Sea and Holly Hollifield on their grand prize win at Flavor of Georgia 2019.

Businesses from Decatur, Kennesaw also win in their categories

A popular Atlanta-based salt and sugar business took top honors in this year's UGA's Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest.

Beautiful Briny Sea, owned by Suzi Sheffield, won the grand prize with its Gunpowder Finishing Salt.

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

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

Beautiful Briny Sea also won first place in the Sauces and Seasonings category.

The winners were announced at the Flavor of Georgia Day at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta:

Category winners received an award and membership in the state Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program, and can have their products stamped with the 2019 Flavor of Georgia logo. Many Flavor of Georgia 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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