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Updated: April 24, 2023

Maine brands shine at national Good Food Awards

Hot fudge jar Courtesy / Dean’s Sweets Facebook page The 2023 Good Food Awards winners, announced Friday, include this product from Dean's Sweets, which is based in Portland.
The San Francisco-based Good Food Foundation aims to celebrate, connect and empower makers of tasty, authentic and responsible food.
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Seven made-in-Maine delicacies from chocolate to beer have been named winners in the 2023 national Good Food Awards that celebrate "exceptional food crafters who top the charts" in a blind tasting.

Out of 2,000 entries from 50 states, 200 winners were announced Friday evening in Portland, Ore. The annual awards are given by San Francisco-based Good Food Foundation, which aims to celebrate, connect and empower makers of tasty and authentic food. The products also meet environmental and social responsibility standards.

In this year's awards, Maine chocolatiers who were honored include Portland-based Dean's Sweets for its hot fudge sauce and Westbrook-based Ragged Coast Chocolates for its dark chocolate peanut butter cups.

"The Good Food Awards recognizes us for literally putting our money where our mouths are, and for being traceable, transparent, and decent in the process," Kate Shaffer, owner and founder of Ragged Coast Chocolates, told Mainebiz via email over the weekend before heading back home from the West Coat.

"These Herculean efforts tend to be overlooked, not just in food manufacturing, but in most industries. Winning a Good Food Award is our 15 seconds of fame for doing the right thing."  

Paying homage to all winners, she added, “These companies work so hard to not only make truly delicious food, but also to source the freshest, fairest and purest ingredients to craft their products."

For alcoholic products, Portland's Liquid Riot Bottling Co. won for its Blushing Star American pilsner and Old Port Oat Whiskey, while Maine Beer Co., of Freeport, was recognized for its Little Whaleboat IPA.

The award comes nearly a year after Maine Beer introduced the product to raise money and awareness for Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s purchase of three small Casco Bay islands for conservation purposes.

Little Whaleboat beer bottle against outdoor nature setting
File photo / Maine Beer Co.
Maine Beer Co.'s Little Whaleboat IPA

“It’s an honor to be recognized for this award given the criteria. In looking at the past recipients we are in good company with some of the very best in America,” said Colleen Croteau, Maine Beer's chief operating officer. “I’m proud of the incredibly talented and dedicated team at Maine Beer Company. We are grateful for everyone’s accomplishments and will continue to strive to make high-quality beer and to do what’s right.”

Maine Beer Co. previously received Good Food Awards for its Prince Percy Pilsner and Wolfe’s Neck IPA.

Maine winners list 

Below is the full list of 2023 Good Food Awards winners from Maine. 

  • Hot Fudge Sauce, Dean’s Sweets, Portland
  • Blushing Star, Liquid Riot Bottling Co., Portland
  • Old Port Oat Whiskey, Liquid Riot Bottling Co., Portland
  • Little Whaleboat IPA, Maine Beer Co., Freeport
  • Maine Coast Monkfish Stew, Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, Brunswick
  • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Ragged Coast Chocolates, Westbrook 
  • Seaweed Sprinkle, Smithereen Farm, Pembroke

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Find the full list of 2023 Good Food Awards winners here

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