Hv Food Hidden Valley – Ranch Night Recipe Contest – Purchase – Win one $5000.00 check
Hidden Valley Ranch Night! Recipe Contest
A PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER THIS CONTEST. YOU MUST
PURCHASE AT LEAST ONE (1) HIDDEN VALLEY®
PACKET/SHAKER (THE “SEASONING”) WHICH HAS A $1.88 (PER
PACKET) / $8.99 (PER SHAKER) MANUFACTURER’S SUGGESTED
RETAIL PRICE (“MSRP”) IN ORDER TO COMPETE FOR A PRIZE.
ENTRANTS MAY, BUT ARE NOT REQUIRED TO, PURCHASE OTHER
RANCH PRODUCTS TO USE IN THEIR CONTEST
SUBMISSION BUT THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT YOU MAY SPEND ON THE
SPONSOR’S PRODUCTS IS $8.99.
Overview: Hidden Valley Ranch Night! Recipe Contest (the “Contest”) is a “Recipe and Video Contest”
where you will be required to purchase and use at least one (1) Hidden Valley® Ranch Seasoning shaker or
packet (again, the “Seasoning”) within an originally created recipe (the “Recipe”). The qualifying Seasoning
flavor options include: original or buttermilk. You may purchase your Seasoning prior to or during the
Contest Period. Then you must formulate your Recipe that promotes “easy weeknight dishes elevated with
Hidden Valley® Ranch Seasoning” (the “Contest Theme”). Recipes that do not include the Seasoning will be
disqualified. See Section 5 for additional information on Recipe requirements and what needs to be
included in your video portion in order to enter this Contest.
1. Eligibility: The Contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of
Columbia (excluding Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Arizona and Tennessee), who are at least eighteen (18)
years old at the time of entry. Employees of HV Food Products Co., Merkle Inc., and any of their parent and
affiliate companies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household
members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and
local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.
2. Sponsor: HV Food Products Co., 1221 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94612. Administrator: Merkle Inc.,
3000 Town Center, Floor 21, Southfield, MI 48075.
3. Agreement to Official Rules: Participation in this Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional
agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s and Administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding
in all matters related to this Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth
4. Timing: The Contest begins on October 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) ends on December 14,
2020 at 11:59 p.m. PT or when five thousand (5,000) Submissions have been received, whichever
comes first (the “Contest Period”). Administrator’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the
5. How to Enter: During the Contest Period, visit www.ranchnightcontest.com and follow the links and
instructions to complete and submit the registration form, including your name and valid email address.
Then, select a “Category” for which you would like to enter: “Dinner”; “Appetizer”; “Side”; “Vegetarian”; or
“Other”. Finally, follow the directions to upload your written Recipe* and a video (your “Video”) explaining
your answers to the following questions about your Recipe:
1. What inspired you to make the dish?
2. How did you use Hidden Valley® Ranch Seasoning?
3. Why is this dish perfect for weeknight dinners?
Your Video may only include yourself. If you include others in the Video, you will be disqualified.
*Recipe Requirements: The written Recipe must be “easy to execute”. In order to do so, the Recipe must
include the following:
1. A List of Ingredients: The Recipe may only use up to eight (8) simple, “easily
accessible” ingredients, excluding the Seasoning and pantry staples (salt, pepper,
oil/butter, onion or garlic). “Simple, easily accessible” ingredients would be defined as
ingredients that are easily found in a large supermarket chain and should not include
expensive or extravagant ingredients such as caviar, saffron, rose water, etc. Please
refrain from listing any brand names except those associated with Hidden Valley®
Ranch or Sponsor.
2. Step-by-Step Instructions: The Recipe must only include up to four (4) steps; each step
may not be more than two (2) sentences.
3. Estimated Preparation Time and Total Time from Start to Finish: The Recipe may only
include up to fifteen (15) minutes of preparation time; up to sixty (60) minutes of total
time and you may not use/require a slow cooker.
Your Video and Recipe collectively referred to as your submission (“Submission”). By uploading your
Submission, you agree that it conforms to the guidelines, permissions, and content restrictions below and
that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may disqualify you if it believes that it fails to conform. Where your
Submission meets all requirements, your Submission will be deemed one (1) Contest entry.
The Video portion of the Submission must be
in .MOV, .MPEG4, .MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, WebM, DNxHR, ProRes, CineForm, or
HEVC (h265) format;
The Video portion of the Submission must not exceed sixty (60) seconds;
The Recipe portion of the Submission: The “Recipe Ingredients” portion must not exceed one
hundred (100) words and the “Recipe Directions” portion must not exceed three hundred (300)
The Submission must be in English.
The Submission must be your original work;
The Submission must not convey any claims of Sponsor’s products or services that would be
deemed unsubstantiated or deceptive if made by Sponsor;
The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including
but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright
infringement and therefore must not prominently feature brand names or trademarks other than
those owned by Sponsor;
The Submission must not contain content created by a third party, such as images or artwork;
The Submission must not disparage Sponsor, or any other person or party;
The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, offensive, indecent, obscene,
sexually explicit, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;
Your Submission must not make references to or include: alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, or
firearms/weapons, any activities that are or appear to be dangerous, or any political agenda;
The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm
against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion,
nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age; and
The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws
or regulations in any state where Submission is created.
Limit: Each entrant may upload one (1) Submission per Category during the Contest Period. Submissions
received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limit will be void. Submissions generated
by script, macro or other automated means are void. In the event of a dispute as to any Submission, the
authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the entrant and must
comply with these Official Rules. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email
address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for
assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Each entrant may be
required to show proof of being an authorized account holder. Released Parties (as defined in Section 10,
below) are not responsible for lost, late, stolen, damaged, incomplete, invalid, un-intelligible, garbled,
delayed, or misdirected Submissions; all of which will be void.
6. Sponsor’s Use of Submissions: Uploading a Submission constitutes entrant’s consent to give Sponsor
a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create
derivative works from, and display such submissions in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to
incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for
promotional or marketing purposes. If requested, entrant will sign any documentation that may be required
for Sponsor or its designees to make use of the non-exclusive rights entrant is granting to use the
7. Winner Determination: A panel of qualified judges, determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, will
select the five (5) entrants, one (1) per Category, with the highest-scoring Submissions (“Winners”), based
on the following Judging Criteria:
Fit to Contest Theme (34%);
Of “Promoting easy weeknight dishes elevated with Hidden Valley® Ranch Seasoning”
Ease of Recipe (33%); and
Quality of Video (33%)
Meaning: the Video is clear, not blurry; the entrant is easy to understand, speaks clearly,
audibly and articulate.
Where individuals have submitted the same or similar Recipe, for the applicable Category, their score will
differ based on the judging of the Video. Subject to the entrants’ compliance with these Official Rules, the
entrant whose Submission receives the highest score, regardless of Category, will be deemed the potential
Grand Prize winner. In the event of a tie, regardless of Category, the entrant whose Submission received
the highest score for “Fit to Contest Theme,” as determined by the qualified judges in their sole discretion,
will be deemed the potential Grand Prize winner from amongst the tied entrants. In the event of a yet
another tie, regardless of Category, the entrant whose Submission received the higher score in the “Ease of
Recipe,” as determined by the qualified judges in their sole discretion, will be deemed the potential Grand
Prize winner. If there is still a tie, the entrant within a Category, whose Submission was submitted first in the
Contest, will be deemed the potential winner. Then, when the Grand Prize winner is confirmed (subject to
Section 8 below), one (1) entrant for each of the remaining Categories, four (4) total entrants, will be
deemed the potential First Prize winners. In the event of a tie within a Category, the entrant whose
Submission received the highest score for “Fit to Contest Theme,” as determined by the qualified judges in
their sole discretion, will be deemed the applicable potential winner from amongst the tied entrants. In the
event of a yet another tie within a Category, the entrant whose Submission received the higher score in the
“Ease of Recipe,” as determined by the qualified judges in their sole discretion, will be deemed the potential
winner. If there is still a tie, the entrant within a Category, whose Submission was submitted first in the
Contest, will be deemed the potential winner. Sponsor reserves the right to select fewer than the stated
number of winners, if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified
Submissions as well as if it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Submissions for
each Category. Sponsor will not disclose judging scores.
8. Winner Requirements: The potential Grand Prize winner will be notified by email or phone on or around
January 8, 2021. The potential Grand Prize winner (parent/legal guardian if a minor in his/her state of
residence) will be required to sign and return a Declaration of Compliance, Liability Waiver and, where not
prohibited, a Publicity Release (“Declaration”) and a personal headshot image, which must be received by
Administrator within five (5) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her prize.
Once the Grand Prize winner is confirmed, the potential First Prize winners will be notified by email or
phone on or around January 13, 2021 and will be required to provide full contact information to confirm
eligibility and for prize fulfillment purposes as well as a personal headshot image within five (5) days of the
date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to the claim the prize offered. If a potential winner cannot be
contacted, fails to execute and return the Declaration or provide any other requested information, within the
required time period, does not comply with these Official Rules, or if prize is returned as undeliverable,
potential winner forfeits the prize. If a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the prize may be
awarded to a runner-up, if any, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Only three (3) alternate winners may be
determined, after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded.
9. Prizes: ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: Winner will receive one (1) $5,000.00 check, one (1) autographed copy
of Bobby Flay’s “Bobby at Home: Fearless Flavors From My Kitchen: A Cookbook” cookbook and one (1)
Hidden Valley® Ranch seasoning product. Winner and his/her/their winning Submission will also be
featured on hiddenvalley.com/ranch-night/. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $5,039.50.
FOUR (4) FIRST PRIZES: Each winner will receive one (1) autographed copy of Bobby Flay’s
“Bobby at Home: Fearless Flavors From My Kitchen: A Cookbook” cookbook and one (1) Hidden Valley®
Ranch seasoning product. Each winner and his/her/their winning Submission will also be featured on
hiddenvalley.com/ranch-night/. ARV: $39.50.
For All Prizes: Prizes are non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the
Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize (or a component thereof) for one
of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are
responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. Limit: One (1) prize per person,
even if an entrant entered into more than one (1) Category. Prizes will be fulfilled 8 – 10 weeks after the end
of the Contest.
10. Release: By receipt of any prize, each winner agrees to release and hold harmless the Sponsor,
Administrator, and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors,
advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective parent companies and
each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from
and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to
or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.
11. Publicity Acceptance of any prize shall constitute and signify each winner’s agreement and consent
that Sponsor and its designees may use the winner’s name, city, state, likeness, photo, Submission, and/or
prize information in connection with the Contest for promotional, advertising or other purposes, worldwide,
in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the Internet, without limitation and without
further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law.
12. Ownership of Submission: Each winner shall irrevocably grant, transfer, convey and assign to
Sponsor the entirety of the rights in and to the Submission and all renewals and extensions of copyright,
and the right to secure copyright registrations thereto in perpetuity including, without limitation, the rights to
use the Submission for any and all purposes in any and all media whether now known or hereafter
developed, on a worldwide basis, in perpetuity. Each winner accepts and acknowledges that Sponsor shall
not be obligated to use the Submission and that Sponsor in its sole discretion shall have the right to refrain
from using the Submission. Sponsor shall not incur any liability whatsoever to the extent Sponsor chooses
to refrain from any exploitation of its rights hereunder. Each winner will indemnify Sponsor, Released
Parties, and any licensee of Sponsor against all claims, damages, liabilities, and expenses (including
reasonable counsel fees and legal expenses) arising out of any breach of these terms.
13. General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest if any
fraud, technical failures, human error, any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the
Contest, or any event or cause beyond Sponsor’s control (e.g. events such as natural calamities, national
emergencies, wide spread illnesses, declarations of war, acts of God, acts of terrorism) interferes with any
aspect of the Contest, including but not limited to fulfillment of the prize(s), as determined by Sponsor in its
sole discretion. If terminated, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all
non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above.
Sponsor may also modify the prizes offered. In addition, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any
individual it finds to be tampering with the Entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in
violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner
and void all associated Entries. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate
operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made,
Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such
person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules
shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
14. Limitations of Liability: Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate
information, whether caused by entrant, printing, typographical or other errors or by any of the equipment or
programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not
limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3)
unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Submission process or the Contest; (4) printing,
typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the
Contest, the uploading, the processing or judging of Submissions, the announcement of the prizes or in any
Contest-related materials; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage
to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s
participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. Released Parties are not responsible for
misdirected or undeliverable Submissions or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems,
servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete,
garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Released Parties are not
responsible for any unauthorized third-party use of any Submission.
15. Disputes: Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and
causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved
individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for
the Eastern District of Michigan (Southern Division) or the appropriate Michigan State Court located in
Oakland County, Michigan; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual
out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event
attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant
hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other
damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied
or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and
enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection
with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Michigan
without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Michigan or any
other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of
16. Entrant’s Personal Information: Information collected from entrant is subject to Sponsor’s Privacy
17. Winner List: For a winner list, visit https://bit.ly/3mnfjRO. The winner list will be posted after winner
confirmation is complete.
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