Great Taste

Great Taste is the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards.
Putting your food or drink to the test with our panel of over 450 experts is a quick way to get honest, straightforward and impartial feedback from chefs, buyers, food writers and retailers. Whether your product receives a 1-, 2- or 3-star accolade, Great Taste stars are highly respected seals of approval.
It’s all about the STARS…

 

How to enter

Current status: The team are calling in products every fortnight between April and the end of May 2016.  Please look out for an email or check MyGuild, our online community.

Please do not send any products until you are requested to.  If you have been sent your delivery instructions and want to check if it has been delivered, you can also do this at MyGuild

We receive many phone calls about delivery and it’s helpul if you read Your Product Journey and understand the process and carefully read your delivery instructions when you receive them before calling.  Many questions can be answered that way.

The following documents are now for reference only.

Entry Brochure | Food & Drink CategoriesGreat Taste T&CsYour Product Journey

You can download a step-by-step guide to how you enter online: English | French | Greek Italian | Portuguese | Spanish

Your Product Journey  – French | GreekItalianPortugueseSpanish

Why enter

A one, two or three-star accreditation means your food will stand out on the overcrowded retail shelves. Coupled with the extensive consumer and trade promotion by the Guild of Fine Food it will lead to increased sales and brand awareness.

Quite simply Great Taste encourages greater confidence and commercial success in small businesses locally, regionally, nationally and internationally whilst helping to improve the food and drink of those who don’t quite make the grade.

Cost of entry

Members’ Fortnight

  • Turnover less than £1million:
    £34 per product (+VAT)
  • Turnover more than £1million:
    £44 per product (+VAT)

General Entry

  • Turnover less than £1million:
    £48 per product (+VAT)
  • Turnover more than £1million:
    £78 per product (+VAT)
  • Supermarket own label products:
    £175 per product (+VAT)

Key dates 2016

20th
Jan

Members' Fortnight opens

Open for entries for Guild Members only

2nd
Feb

Members' Fortnight closes

Closing for entries for Guild Members at special discounted members' rate

3rd
Feb

General Entry opens

Members and non-members. Normal rate of entry applies

22nd
Feb

Closed for entry

Closed for entry midnight on 22 February unless we reach 10,000 entries before then

7th
Mar

Delivery instructions

From mid-March download notifications begin via email and will continue throughout March, April & May

21st
Mar

Judging commences

Scheduled judging of products begins

16th
Jun

Judging ends

27th
Jun

3-star product recall

From 27 June 3-star products re-called for judging

13th
Jul

3-star Judging Day

All 3-star products are judged, followed by Supreme judging in the afternoon

2nd
Aug

Results & Feedback

Results and feedback released in early August (date TBC)

16th
Aug

Top 50 Foods

In mid-August (date TBC) a list of the Top 50 Foods is announced

5th
Sep

Golden Forks

Golden Fork trophies awarded at Great Taste Dinner, London

Useful downloads & Press

Download the Great Taste 2015 national & regional press releases. For further press enquiries contact Amy Brice or Tortie Farrand or visit our Press Room.

Watch all the Great Taste 2015 Top 50 videos here.

What is GT? | History of GT | How we judge GT | GT Roll of Honour Winners Case Studies

Interested in supporting or sponsoring Great Taste?  Read more.

How Great Taste works & Results

Over 400 judges working in small teams judged 10,000 food and drink products this year at 49 judging days, from April through to early July.  They awarded one-, two or three-stars to the foods that deserved it and one of the judges on each team captured constructive feedback for the producers who didn’t quite make the grade.

Last year the Great Taste judging roadshow went to Wales with a week’s tasting in Cardiff, supported by the Welsh Government. As ever we judged at specialist test centres for tea, filter coffee and espresso with the remainder of the judging days at Guild HQ in Dorset.

You can search for all 2015 winners  here or download a PDF of the GT15 Major Winners.

You can search for all 2014 winners  here or download a PDF of the GT14 Major Winners.

You can search for all 2013 winners here or download a PDF of the GT13 Major Winners

Ordering Labels & Logos

If you have achieved awards for your products in the last three years you can still order labels or the electronic award artwork to display on your product’s packaging.  Please complete and return the relevant form below:

Label order form  Logo order form    GT Artwork Guidelines

Sponsors of this year's event

  • Aga Rangemaster
  • Bord Bia
  • Cress Co
  • Diverse
  • ffd
  • Food & Drink Wales
  • Fresh Montgomery
  • Harrods
  • Hotel Inigo
  • inkreadible
  • investni
  • Patridges
  • Petty Wood
  • Rowcliffe
  • Scotland Food & Drink
  • Selfridges & Co
  • Woman & Home
  • Andrews ingredients
  • Burren Smokehouse
  • Chefs on the Run
  • Dawn Meats
  • Freedom Brands
  • qvc
  • SALSA
  • Scarlett & Mustard
  • Sorba-Freeze
  • stefan_palsson
  • Ulster Bank
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