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2020 New Zealand Spirits Judging and Awards Dinner Postponed

Amid the uncertainties about COVID-19 and changing travel and event policies, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the judging of the 2020 New Zealand Spirits Awards. We are closely monitoring the situation and working to confirm new dates for mid-late 2020. Any updates will be communicated as soon as possible, and the information below will be refreshed with new dates.  In the meantime, we have reopened the entry portal (below) for anyone who may have missed out on the initial cut-off date.

Presented by Spirits New Zealand Inc. and Distilled Spirits Aotearoa (NZ) Inc., the New Zealand Spirits Awards are a celebration of spirits in New Zealand. The organisers’ aim is to acknowledge and reward the very best in local and international spirits commercially available in New Zealand and through this promote the brands and categories to consumers and trade.

The New Zealand Spirits Awards will be judged within seven categories. Each category will be recognised with gold, silver, bronze and double-gold medals as appropriate. Trophies will be awarded for both Best in Category as well as Best in New Zealand product in Category.

We are also excited to announce that the New Zealand Innovation Award is back by popular demand, and will be judged on the entrants’ overall use of New Zealand ingredients, processes, packaging and/or product design. This is a unique award and is all about the essence of New Zealand and creativity in a New Zealand context.

Throughout the judging process, we aim to emphasize integrity and impartiality. Our blind tasting process undertaken by our peer-recognized national and international judges, guarantees that every entry is judged fairly and given equal consideration.

This year, Naming Rights Sponsor Super Liquor will be promoting the New Zealand Spirits Awards across its marketing activity including mailers, social and digital platforms. This is an opportunity to educate consumers about the awards and to showcase brands that win. There will be an opportunity subject to commercial terms for brands to feature across the activity.  We ask that you include some unique selling propositions in your entry that can be used for promotional activity, should your product be awarded a medal and/or trophy.  Additionally, Super Liquor will be running mentoring sessions, available for all entrants, for “path to market” strategies.  Please indicate on the entry form if you would like to join one of these sessions in early 2020.

Entries are open now and will close on 2nd March 2020.

To enter, please click here.

A few things to note before you upload your entry:

– Entries must be commercially available in New Zealand
– We would appreciate you uploading your logo and up to 5 images of the product you are entering, that can be used in our award announcements and audio visual at the awards evening
– Please include a company bio and 3-5 unique selling propositions that can be used in marketing promotions, should your product be awarded a medal and/or trophy

Medal winners will be announced on the 31st March 2020 and trophy winners will be announced at the New Zealand Spirits Awards 2020 in Wellington on the 7th May.

Ticket sales are now open for the 2020 New Zealand Spirits Awards!

Tickets are limited, to avoid disappointment book early as this event will sell out. You can purchase tickets here.

If you are a medal winner, to be announced on the 31st March, you will receive specific instructions in regards to your complimentary ticket/s (one ticket per organisation for category medal winners).

The 2020 New Zealand Spirits Awards organising committee
phone: +64 9 309 2440