Creating Brand Differentiation

By utilizing our deeply vetted, proprietary judging process which we call Sensory Attribute Quality Analysis, a panel of ChefsBest Certified Master Tasters identifies high quality and best-tasting foods resulting in several distinct awards. In each of these instances, due to the ability of the panel to quantify the sensory experience while following the Sensory Testing Methods guidelines created by ASTM International, any resulting ad claims are substantiated and usable in market. It is important to note that ChefsBest awards cannot be bought. Selection by an independent judging panel is the only way to procure an award endorsement by ChefsBest.

ChefsBest Best Taste Award

The Best Taste Award is bestowed upon only one national brand in each product category, signifying to both consumers and buyers that only one product has secured the distinction as best tasting. Judges evaluate only those national brands defined as top-selling by Nielsen data and are readily available to the vast majority of consumers at groceries nationwide.

This award allows brands to assert powerful superiority claims over other leading competitors including "America's Best," "Best Tasting," and "Highest Quality."

ChefsBest Excellence Award

The Excellence Award is granted to national brands that surpass quality standards established by ChefsBest Master Tasters. After being judged and rated on their own merits, Excellence Award winners are brands that meet benchmark standards within their respective product categories and are readily available to the vast majority of consumers at groceries nationwide.

Brands identified with this distinction may identify themselves to consumers with claims including "Endorsed by Professional Chefs," "Award-Winning Taste," "Highly Ranked."


ChefsBest Quality in Craft Award

The Quality in Craft Award is presented to boutique and regional brands operating on a small scale that meet or exceed quality standards established by ChefsBest Master Tasters. After meeting eligibility requirements and being evaluated on their own merits, Quality in Craft Award winners are products that meet benchmark standards within their respective product categories.

Products identified with this distinction may identify themselves to consumers with claims including "Endorsed by Professional Chefs," "Award-Winning Taste," "Highly Ranked."

ChefsBest Chef Tested Award

The Chef Tested Award is conferred to store brand products that surpass quality standards established by ChefsBest Master Tasters. After being judged and rated on their own merits, Chef Tested Award winners are brands that meet benchmark standards within their respective product categories.

Brands identified with this distinction may identify themselves to consumers with claims including "Endorsed by Professional Chefs," "Award-Winning Taste," "Highly Ranked."


Award Eligibility

All products judged by ChefsBest are held to the high standards set by our Certified Master Tasters®, ensuring that every product in market entrusted with a ChefsBest award is of excellent quality. Not all products that are tested will be eligible for an endorsement by ChefsBest.

  • The Best Taste Award is a measure of superiority over other products in the category, therefore only one national brand will be eligible for and license this award.
  • The Excellence Award is a measure of quality and is non-comparative* to other products in the category, multiple national brands may be eligible for this award, but only one national brand can license the award in each product category.
  • The Quality in Craft Award is a measure of quality and is non-comparative to other products in the category, multiple regional or boutique brands may be eligible for and license this award.
  • The Chef Tested Award is a measure of quality and is non-comparative to other products in the category, multiple store brands may be eligible for and license this award as “private label” brands do not compete with each other on the same shelf.

Criteria
Award offers category exclusivity, meaning only one product in the category can hold the award. X X
Product/Brand is identified as a leading brand by Nielsen or IRI Data. X
Product scored highest vs. other leading brands by a statistically significant margin at a 95% confidence level. X
Product received a score of greater than 72. X X X X
Product has no notable sensory defects. X X X X
Product has less than $1,000,000 in sales and is not currently distributed nationally. X
Product is identified as a private label or store brand. X

Award Licensing Process

  1. Introductory Call
    On this brief phone call we will explain our evaluation process and descriptive analysis in further detail, and make sure our services align with your marketing and PR goals.
  2. Test Design
    You will work with our Sensory Director to ensure that our evaluation is designed to meet the agreed upon objectives. This includes determining competitors for a comparative analysis, if necessary. Additionally, a Statement of Work will be signed and a service fee of $3,000 will be collected for the evaluation by our Certified Master Tasters® and results presentation. This initial investment is applicable toward future licensing fees if your product qualifies.
  3. Results Presentation
    After the independent evaluation is complete, our sensory director will present the results. In addition to explaining your eligibility for a ChefsBest award, the presentation includes detailed descriptive analysis with clear, carefully defined and actionable characteristics—we recommend members of your R&D teams participate at this stage. This results presentation is exclusive to your company and will not be shared with any competitors included in the evaluation.
  4. Licensing
    Should your product qualify for one of ChefsBest’s coveted awards, you will have the option to license the award for use in your marketing materials, on-pack and in trade presentation. Our awards offer category exclusivity and pricing ranges from $12,000 to $100,000 based upon your product’s annual sales volume*.
  5. Award Activation
    Once a licensing agreement is completed, ChefsBest will assist in incorporating the award into your marketing mix. Additionally, ChefsBest will support you through our own communication efforts through social media, email and public relations.

* Quality in Craft award does not offer category exclusivity and the licensing fees are tiered based on intended usage (print-only, online-only, etc).

For more information or to schedule an introductory call, please contact 415.568.2659 or info@chefsbest.com


  • Process

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Case Studies