Virginia food and beverage expo honors innovative products, companies

Both traditional Virginia favorites and innovative new products were on display in March at the Virginia Food and Beverage Expo at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), this popular trade event connects buyers representing grocery stores, restaurants and gift shops directly with Virginia specialty foods and beverages.

The Expo takes place once every two years to promote Virginia products and advance economic development.

Virginia Governor Ralph S. Northam announced the Best New Product Awards during a ceremony at 11 a.m.

This year there were 50 entries for awards in three categories—Best New Food, Best New Beverage and Best Product Overall.

The following Virginia companies won this year’s Best New Product competition: The Best New Product Overall award went to Hummingbird Gardens Rose Chili Salt, produced by Hummingbird Gardens of Richmond.

The Best New Food award went to went to Heirloom Garlic Oxymel, produced by Red Root & Co of Harrisonburg.

Homestead Creamery of Wirtz., Va. took home the Best New Beverage honor for its Golden Milk.

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