The Juice Hive and Health Emporium in Bluffton has been named a finalist for two of its kimchi creations in the 2018 Good Food Awards national food competition, which recognizes food producers based on taste and sustainability criteria.
Both the Juice Hive’s Shiso Leaf Kimchi and Low Country Kimchi were top scorers in this year’s pool of more than 2,000 entries, according to a news release.
Winners will be selected from these finalists and notified by Nov. 13.
“We are thrilled to have been selected as a finalist for the Good Food Awards and honored for both our food’s taste and sustainability,” said Leslie Rohland, the owner of The Juice Hive and Health Emporium, which features organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies and serves breakfast and lunch.
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Rohland also owns The Cottage Cafe in Bluffton.
Both of the Juice Hive’s kimchis are finalists in the Pickles category, under the subcategory of Lacto-Fermented products, the news release states. Criteria for this category included being free of artificial and/or genetically modified ingredients, as well as made with ingredients that are grown locally, with respect for seasonality and without the use of synthetic inputs, including herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.
The Juice Hive works with Three Sisters Farm — a certified organic farm along the Colleton River in Beaufort that provides organic products for the Juice Hive and plays an instrumental role in the Juice Hive’s Kimchi.
The Good Food Awards is the first national initiative to recognize food producers based on both taste and sustainability criteria, according to the news release. In its eighth year, Good Food Awards will be given to winners in 15 categories: beer, cider, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, preserved fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, spirits and elixirs.
Products will be judged on three main criteria: taste, authenticity and responsible production.