Hummingbird Wholesale Announced as Good Food Foundation 2022 Good Food Award Winner

February 1st 2022


Eugene, OR – Hummingbird Wholesale is thrilled to announce that they have been named a 2022 Good Food Award Winner for their Tibetan Black Barley, in the Grains category. Winners were announced Friday, January 14 in San Francisco.

Hummingbird’s Good Food Award Winning, Tibetan Black Barley is grown by Oregon Grain and Bean, on an Organic farm in Idaho. This barley, with its bran intact, retains a firm, plump texture during cooking, making it perfect in soup, stuffing and stews. It’s also great when mixed with other grains due to its contrasting chewy texture.

Hummingbird Wholesale’s Tibetan Black Barley is not their first product to win this prestigious food award. Previously, Hummingbird received the Good Food Award for their Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil (2016), Organic Awakened® Pecans (2021) and Organic Hazelnut Oil (2021). Hummingbird was also recognized as a 2022 finalist for their Awakened® Walnuts.

To mark the announcement of the Winners, both Alice Waters and René Redzepi, legendary chef of Noma, sent congratulatory videos. Speaking to the sustainability and social responsibility practices of the Winners, Redzepi noted: “I believe it is our collective efforts that can turn the tide and ensure our shared earth will survive. You are the champions of the future, and you are leading the way.”

According to Stacy Kraker, Director of Sales and Marketing, “At Hummingbird, we are committed to sourcing from regional growers for our line of Organic, farm direct products, like our Tibetan Black Barley. We ensure there is health and integrity every step of the way – from how the product is grown using Organic practices, to ensuring a fair return to the farmer who grew it, and the relationships we build with our coworkers and customers. In the end, we believe you can taste all that goodness when you enjoy our products. It is an incredible honor to be recognized by The Good Food Foundation.”

This year’s Good Food Award Winners hail from 39 states and Washington, D.C. Chosen in a blind tasting from thousands of entries before passing a further sustainability and social responsibility vetting process, nearly half of the Winners are first-time awardees. 56% of the Winners are woman-owned businesses and one in six are BIPOC-owned businesses. Across 18 categories, each recognized crafter demonstrated exceptional taste and a deep commitment to building a more sustainable, just food system.




Family-owned bulk and grocery foods manufacturer and distributor, Hummingbird Wholesale is dedicated to being a positive force for change in the organic industry. Hummingbird works directly with family farms to source wholesome Organic food, with a focus on Pacific Northwest-grown products, thoughtfully curating and creating unique, artisanal products, such as their trademarked Awakened® Pumpkin Seeds and single origin honeys. Hummingbird serves a full variety of food businesses, from co-ops and regional retail chains, to restaurants, food service providers and manufacturers.  At Hummingbird Wholesale, every relationship matters–more than a food distributor, they work closely with farmers, businesses and nonprofit organizations to promote sustainable agriculture, build regional food system infrastructure, and strengthen the organic community.



The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible. Now in its twelfth year, awards will be given to winners in 18 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, drinks, elixirs, fish, grains, honey, oils (tasted & announced in the spring), pantry, pickles, preserves, snacks and spirits. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.



The Good Food Awards is organized by the Good Food Foundation 501 (c) 3, formerly known as Seedling Projects, in collaboration with a broad community of food crafters, grocers, chefs, food writers, activists and passionate food-lovers. The Good Food Foundation is also the organizing force behind the Good Food Guild, Good Food Mercantile and Good Food Merchants Alliance.