FRESNO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Fresno Food Expo will recognize and celebrate food and beverage innovators and entrepreneurs from throughout Central California’s San Joaquin Valley in the 4th annual New Product Awards, presented by Baker Peterson Franklin, CPA, LLP, and the 2nd annual Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award.
Central California food and beverage companies with innovative new products, or new packaging concepts, are encouraged to submit their applications for the New Product Awards. Designed to build buyer and consumer awareness, the New Product Awards serve as a strategic platform to launch products from the ground up — and in many cases result in placement in stores, restaurants and foodservice. The New Product Awards, which have debuted more than 125 new products since they began in 2013, recognize innovation within Central California’s dynamic food community through two distinctive awards: the “Buyer’s Choice Award” and the “People’s Choice Award.”
“We strongly believe providing a platform to encourage and recognize innovation is critically important not only to the mission of the Expo, but to the growth and prosperity of our region’s food industry,” stated Erin Goldfarb, Partner, Baker Peterson Franklin, CPA, LLP. “That’s why we support the Expo, and are proud to sponsor the New Product Awards.”
Also returning in 2016 will be the Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award, a legacy award created in 2015 to support the mission of the Expo through mentorship and guidance from the founder behind one of the largest food manufacturing companies in the region, Ruiz Food Products, Inc. Named in honor of Fred Ruiz, founder of Ruiz Food Products, Inc. and Fresno Food Expo Board Member, 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. In the award’s inaugural year, Rosa Brothers Milk Company was named the Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award winner following a remarkable 300% growth since first launching its glass bottled milk at the 2012 Fresno Food Expo. Applications for the 2016 Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award are now available and are due July 1, 2016.
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