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2014 Hawaii Food Products Recipe Contest Winners Announced

“Ulu was my inspiration,” said John Cadman about his winning recipe, Maui `Ulu Hummus. “It’s a very versatile ingredient. I’ve been making pies with it, and thought hummus was a natural.” Pictured: Recipe contest judge Kamaunu Kahaialii presents Cadman with his 1st place certificate.
“Ulu was my inspiration,” said John Cadman about his winning recipe, Maui `Ulu Hummus. “It’s a very versatile ingredient. I’ve been making pies with it, and thought hummus was a natural.” Pictured: Recipe contest judge Kamaunu Kahaialii presents Cadman with his 1st place certificate.

Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) proudly announces the winners of their 2014 Hawaii Food Products Recipe Contest, which was held this past Saturday, April 5th during the Maui County Ag Festival at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.

John Cadman of Haiku took 1st place for his Maui `Ulu Hummus, KimAnn Magno of Lahaina captured 2nd place with her Lilikoi Butter, and Joseph Kanahuna of Haiku took 3rd place with his Papa Joe’s Chili Pepper Water – Special.

Winners will receive assistance from MFTC consultants with nutritional label or food science services to help them take their product from idea to the store shelves. The 1st place winner will receive consultation services valued at $1,500, 2nd place services valued at $500, and 3rd place services valued at $250.

A total of 16 entries were submitted which included beer bread, crackers, macadamia cheeses, herb butter, sauces, candies, and even chocolate covered beef jerky. Recipes were judged on taste, appearance, commercial viability of recipe, and the best use of Hawaii grown and/or made ingredients.

This year’s contest judges were Gary Butler, Produce Manager for Mana Foods; Nina Ann Tanabe, Consultant at Pacific Food Technology; Kamaunu Kahaialii, General Manager of Hui Ho`omo`a; and Carla Tracy, Food Editor of The Maui News.

“We were very impressed with the diversity of recipes,” said Luana Mahi, President of the Maui Food Technology Center. “Not only were they all ono, which attests to the talent of these individuals, but these foods also offered creative uses of locally made and/or grown products. We look forward to working with the winners in helping them bring their products to store shelves.”

Maui Food Technology Center is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to growing Hawaii’s food industry, connecting students, food producers and farmers through the practice of food science.

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Seeking Entries for 2014 Hawaii Food Products Recipe Contest

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Hawaii Food Products Recipe Contest organizers are currently seeking new, locally made food products that utilize Hawaii grown and/or made ingredients. Sponsored by the Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC), the contest will be held during next month’s Maui County Ag Festival at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.

Click here for an official contest entry form. Send completed entry forms via email info@MauiFoodTechnology.org or fax 888-887-4495 no later than April 2.

Six servings of the product must be delivered between 9 am and 10 am on Saturday, April 5, to the Grand Taste Education Tent at the Maui County Ag Festival.

Recipes will be judged on taste; appearance; commercial viability of recipe; and the best use of Hawaii grown and/or made ingredients. The more local ingredients, the more points will be awarded.

Hawaii residents 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter. Each entry form must include a list of ingredients in the recipe, specify the Hawaii ingredients, and include a short story about the product.

Winners will receive assistance from MFTC consultants with nutritional label or food science services to help them take their product from idea to the store shelves. The First Place winner will receive consultation services valued at $1,500, Second Place services valued at $500, and Third Place services valued at $250.

“We’re very fortunate to have exceptional products grown and made right here in Hawaii along with a large pool of culinary talent,” said Luana Mahi, President of MFTC. “We look forward to assisting Hawaii’s chefs and entrepreneurs bring their food product ideas to market.”

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MFTC's 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo a Resounding Success!

Maui Food Technology Center extends a big mahalo to all the sponsors, donors, participants, attendees and volunteers who helped make our 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo a resounding success! Held on Wednesday, February 26th at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani, the event attracted nearly 50 exhibitors and almost 500 attendees. Click here for a copy of this year’s Expo program which includes a listing of our participating exhibitors and their contact information. View our photo gallery or our Facebook page. Read what people are saying about the event.

We applaud our islands’ small businesses for serving as an integral part of our community and economy.

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MFTC’s Supply and Service Expo Photo Gallery & Video

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On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) held their 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani. The event, which attracted nearly 500 attendees and almost 50 exhibitors, offered assistance to new or existing food producers working on developing a product and getting it into the marketplace, entrepreneurs looking to expand their network opportunities and resources, and consumers interested in attending the tradeshow and hearing the latest from experts in the food manufacturing, distribution and hospitality industries.

2014 1st annual Maui Food Technology Center Expo from Sascha Bauml on Vimeo.

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MFTC’s 2014 Supply and Service Expo What people are saying

“The Expo was very successful! My company’s booth was visited by many potential new clients, many of whom, I have never heard of before and right here on Maui. As a result, we are sending several new flavor samples out to be tried in new food products.”- Mike Abrams, MFTC Founder and Owner of Flavor Waves

“Maui Food Technology Center did a fantastic job organizing the Expo. The turn-out was great and I met many interesting people and had a lot of interest in our product. Thanks!” - Roastar

“Everything was well done and very organized for a 1st time event. Seems well marketed for a first event, too!” - Netcom

“Mahalo for an incredible convention. We learned so much, made awesome connections and found valuable services and ingredients we had no idea existed in Hawaii. It way surpassed our expectations and so impressed how well organized it was. Next year I will do lots of promotion on my FB. Mahalo again.” - Maui Cookielady (FB posting)

“We thought the Expo would be a great opportunity for us to talk to a different group of folks and also for networking. The event itself was fantastic! We spoke with the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture about getting garbanzo beans for our products grown here locally in Hawaii, to the Agribusiness Incubator Program about growing our business, and to Flavor Waves about a possible flavoring for our product.” - Sean Bales, Co-Owner of Chic Naturals

"The Expo was a perfect forum for Maui's food production industry's various shareholders to come together under one roof to share ideas and concerns. It gave everyone an opportunity to meet the regulators, growers, processors, technical experts, and various vendors that provide services and supplies to the food industry. It was a perfect "one stop" shopping place for getting help and sharing ideas and getting answers." - Tai Kahn, Lab Director of FQLabs

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MFTC’s 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo attracts nearly 500 attendees

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MFTC’s 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo attracts nearly 500 attendees

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) held their 1st Annual Supply and Service Expo at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani. The event, which attracted nearly 500 attendees, offered assistance to new or existing food producers working on developing a product and getting it into the marketplace, entrepreneurs planning to expand their network opportunities and resources, and consumers interested in attending the tradeshow and hearing the latest from experts in the food manufacturing, distribution and hospitality industries.

Nearly 50 exhibitors participated in the tradeshow which featured manufacturers and distributors of food, ingredients, equipment and packaging supplies; dealers, brokers and traders; business services and educational groups that work with the food and hospitality industries; and brand identity and marketing industry professionals.

Presentations were also made by industry experts: Dr. Aurora Saulo, Professor and Extension Specialist in Food Technology with the University of Hawaii Maui College on “Food Safety Certified: What Does That Mean?”; Marc McDowell, Executive Chef of Makena Resort on “Developing Local Products From Start To Finish”; Marty Parisien, Co-Owner/CEO at Singing Dog Vanilla on Social Media and Mike Abrams, MFTC Founder and Owner of Flavor Waves, on “Networking for Flavor Success.”

“I thought the Expo was very successful,” said Abrams. “My company’s booth was visited by a number of potential new clients, many of whom, I have never heard of before and right here on Maui. As a result, we are sending several new flavor samples out to be tried in new food products.”

The Maui Cookielady also posted on her Facebook, “Mahalo for an incredible convention. We learned so much, made awesome connections and found valuable services and ingredients we had no idea existed in Hawaii.”

Maui Food Technology Center is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to growing Hawaii’s food industry, connecting students, food producers and farmers through the practice of food science.

Major event sponsors included: County of Maui Office of Economic Development, Fred Baldwin Memorial Fund, Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development, The Maui News, KPOA-93.5 FM, MauiNow.com, and Maui Printing Company.

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