The judges included Haven Bourque, founder of HavenBMedia, Oakland, Calif.; Christine Bushway, Executive Director and CEO, Organic Trade Association, Washington, D.C.; Irene Hamburger, Vice President of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, N.Y.; John Raiche, Vice President of Marketing, UNFI, Providence, R.I.; Erin Roach, director of recruitment and marketing, Social Venture Network, San Francisco, and Errol Schweizer, Senior Global Grocery Coordinator, Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas.Honorable mentions went to the leaders of three specialty food companies. They are:
- Citizenship: Amit Hooda, chief executive, Heavenly Organics, Fairfield, Iowa
- Business Leadership: Allison Hooper and Bob Reese, co-founders, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, Websterville, Vt.
- Vision: Alex Whitmore, founder, Taza Chocolate, Somerville, Mass.