Product of the Year Award

About The Awards 

Gluten Free Canada’s Product of the Year Awards recognize the talented makers of gluten free food products who combine delicious flavours with safe ingredients. All approved entrants will be featured with a review of their submitted product via the

Entry period for the 2020 Product of the Year Award deadline is August 31, 2020. Shortlisted finalists will be invited to have their products participate in the blind tasting which will then follow from September to October 2020.

Key Dates

  • Registration Deadline – August 31, 2020
  • Blind Taste Test: September to October, 2020
  • Finalists announced: October 2020
  • Award winner announced: November 2020

Benefits to Gluten Free Canada’s Product of the Year Award Winner

Gluten Free Canada’s Product of the Year Award winner receives a prize package valued at $6,500 that consists of:

  • Recognition as Gluten-Free Canada’s 2020 Product of the Year.
  • 1-page feature article about the winning company and product within Gluten Free Canada’s 2021 Issue
  • Complimentary Booth at the 2021 Vancouver Gluten Free Expo
  • Spotlighted Gluten Free Canada’s website home page, product guide, and social media outlets, as well as external press releases.

Product of the Year Award Winner Categories

One winner will be selected from each of the following 8 categories:

  1. Beverages
  2. Baked Goods & Pastries, non-bread
  3. Breads
  4. Charcuterie Items (meats, meat alternatives, cheeses, or cheese alternatives).
  5. Health and Wellness
  6. Pantry Items (sauces, spreads, oils, spices, grains, or pastas)
  7. Prepared Foods (fresh or frozen)
  8. Snack Foods (bars, chips, popcorn, etc)

Application Administration Fee: $299 for the first product, and $149 for each additional product submission per brand. This fee goes to offset the cost of processing entries, the Blind Tasting, and the promotion of brands entered.

Application Fee covers administrative costs for:

  • Gluten Free Canada staff writer to review and author a public review in the Gluten Free Canada e-Newsletter (over 14,000 readers) and social media channels (over 23,000 followers)
  • Additional online exposure through a product feature post on Gluten Free Canada’s blog
  • Facilitation of your products review and voting procedures by our reviewer and consumer panel, for a chance to be awarded a Gluten Free Canada 2020 ‘Product of the Year’ award.

Entrance and Selection Criteria

These awards are open to all Gluten Free food producing companies who meet all 4 of the following criteria:

  • Be submitting a product which has been produced in a dedicated gluten free environment, or have strict testing protocols in place that tests each product run to ensure no cross contamination has occurred.
  • Must guarantee that their products contain less than 20 parts per million
  • Products must be available for purchase within Canada
  • Agree to the award terms and conditions.

Gluten Free Canada’s Product of the Year Awards Winner is determined using scores from a combination of  1) Product Concept, 2) Product Reviewer short listing and 3) Consumer Blind Taste Test.