By Katy Nesbitt
For Wallowa Valley Online
JOSEPH, Ore – Bgood Bars, the locally made, gourmet energy bar made by Judy Goodman of Joseph, won national acclaim at the annual Good Food Awards last week in San Francisco.
Goodman said the foundation was created to empower small businesses to help change food culture.She entered her Espresso Date Nut, Chia Blueberry and Cranberry Hemp bars in the Good Food Awards’ inaugural snack food category. Cranberry Hemp was chosen as a finalist.
Once the Cranberry Hemp bar was selected as a finalist Goodman said she submitted documentation that her bars have no preservatives, artificial colors, fertilizers, or pesticides. Since she uses Azure Standard and Guittard Chocolate, products free of artificial ingredients, she said it was easy to qualify.
Goodman said she attended the foundation’s San Francisco awards ceremonies Jan. 11. On Saturday, Jan. 12 she said she attended the Untrade Show, handing out 750 samples to retailers like Whole Foods, REI and New Seasons and on Sunday she sold $1,000 worth of bars at a market featuring Good Food finalists.
Goodman said the competition was fierce.
“There were over 2,000 applicants, more than 400 finalists and 220 winners in 16 categories,” Goodman said. “We were the first energy bar to win a Good Food Award.” Goodman said.
One of her new clients garnered from the weekend in San Francisco was Market of Choice, an Oregon grocery store chain in Eugene, Portland, Bend, Corvallis and Ashland, Goodman said.
“We just shipped the last of our inventory to them today!” Goodman said.
As of the end of 2018 BGood Bars are sold at the Boise Food Co-op. At her company’s five-year anniversary, Goodman is prepared for a big year.
“People keep asking me what I’m going to do to grow my company this year and I tell them I’m going to quit my other part-time job.”
BGood Bars are made in Joseph and available at local retailers and online at www.bgoodbars.com.
In its ninth year the Good Food Awards distinguished makers in sixteen categories. The 2019 winners come from 34 states and Washington, D.C., rising to the top amongst 2,035 entries in a blind tasting with 262 judges held in September.
The greatest number of winners came from the California followed by Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts and a three-way tie between Virginia, New York and Colorado.