Flavor of Georgia 2017

first_imgWhether it’s a specialty sweet treat, small-batch pork sausage or pimento cheese made from Grandma’s secret recipe, the University of Georgia’s Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest shines the spotlight on the state’s craft food scene.The contest, in its second decade, serves as a springboard for food entrepreneurs, assisting them in testing new products and reaching a larger audience, and helps new craft brands break into new markets and expand sales.Registration for the 2017 Flavor of Georgia contest, which is conducted each year by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is now open at http://flavorofga.com/.Over the years, more than 1,100 food products have been entered in the contest. Today, many of those products are sold in national and regional supermarkets. Others have increased their wholesale distribution or internet sales, or experienced better traffic at local farmers markets.”Flavor of Georgia participants tell us that the contest provides recognition, credibility and exposure for their products,” said Sharon P. Kane, a UGA food business development specialist and the contest’s coordinator. “It also provides a valuable resource for networking with other food entrepreneurs and industry experts.”Nearly a dozen of the 2016 finalists had new business contracts within two weeks of the 2016 competition, and 85 percent of the finalists reported increased sales. Additionally, 92 percent of the finalists reported that they made new business connections because of the contest. “Customers’ eyes light up when they find out that our product won the grand prize,” said Amanda Wilbanks, owner of Gainesville, Georgia’s Southern Baked Pie Company, 2016 Flavor of Georgia grand prize winner. “We’ve made many great food industry contacts by participating, and the contest is a great conversation starter when we’re promoting our product.” Finalists and winners participate in a number of high-profile industry showcases throughout the year following each annual contest, including the Georgia Grown Symposium, the Georgia National Fair and showcase days at the Buford Highway Farmers Market. They also receive industry feedback and use of the Flavor of Georgia logo for their products’ packaging and promotional materials.Product categories for the 2017 contest include barbecue sauces, beverages, condiments and salsas, confections, dairy products, dairy-alternative products, honey, jams and jellies, meats and seafood, meat-alternative products, sauces and seasonings, snack foods, and miscellaneous products. There is no limit to the number of products an individual business can submit.Judges evaluate each product based on flavor, texture and market innovation. Consumer appeal and product representation of Georgia are also considered.Registration closes Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, but contestants can enter at an early discounted rate before Thursday, Jan. 15, 2017.  Contest finalists will participate in the final round of judging and a public tasting Tuesday, March 21, 2017, as part of the governor’s statewide Agricultural Awareness Week.For more information or to register, visit http://flavorofga.com or call 706-583-0347. Follow the contest @FlavorofGA on Twitter and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flavorofga.last_img read more

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Group Stage Down to the Wire for the Rest Six Tickets

first_imgOf course, the match of the day is the match-up between Denmark and host Brazil at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.After going 180 minutes without a goal, Brazil must now try to find a way to avoid early elimination from Group A.Rogério Micale’s side has two points after draws with South Africa and Iraq. A win will be enough to guarantee qualification, whereas defeat will mean elimination.Against the Nordic youngsters, however, the hosts will again face an organised, defensive side, posing challenges to the creativity and mobility of undeniably talented players like Neymar and young forwards such as Gabigol and Gabriel Jesus, who have yet to truly click up front.For the Danes, a draw will be enough to ensure qualification after their 1-0 victory over South Africa, a match which featured the only goal of the group so far.At the same time, Iraq and South Africa meet in São Paulo, with both sides still in with a chance of qualifying for the next round.Nigeria has not only qualified from Group B but have also clinched first place in the group. They will take on Colombia in São Paulo, therefore, simply needing to complete their fixture list. The South Americans, however, need a win to advance regardless of the outcome of the Japan-Sweden clash in Salvador, familiar territory for some of their players.Japan, meanwhile, fought out a heroic draw against Colombia in the second round to stave off elimination, and even overtook the Swedes based on number of goals scored – giving them the advantage in any potential tiebreaker. Now the two teams face each other, with both hoping that Nigeria can pick up their third consecutive win.Only Fiji is out of contention in Group C. The debutants have improved over the first two rounds though, and even led at half time against Mexico before once again crashing to a heavy defeat. Opponents Germany, currently third in the group, will have to attack from the start in Belo Horizonte in search of not only three points but also a healthy goal difference in case Korea Republic and Mexico should draw in Brasília.In that situation all three teams would finish on five points. Korea Republic leads the group at the moment thanks to their superior goal difference.Finally, in Group D, Portugal will seek their third win in the competition against an already-eliminated Algeria side in Belo Horizonte.All eyes, then, will be on the clash between Argentina and Honduras who each have three points. Honduras, led by tournament specialist Jorge Luis Pinto, will go through with just a draw in Brasília.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Of the 16 teams that qualified for the 2016 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament, only Portugal and Nigeria are the only two teams that have secured their places in the next phase. Two teams, Fiji and Algeria have crashed out, leaving 12 teams battling over the remaining six slots in the last eight stage of the tournament.It all adds up to what should be an exhilarating third round of matches, packed with decisive confrontations today.The matches in each group will start at the same time, meaning that not only will teams have to go head to head to keep their chances of a medal alive, but coaches and fans will need to stay tuned to what is happening kilometers away in the other group game, keeping an eye on possible favourable combinations of results. It promises to be a nerve-wracking day.last_img read more

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