SOFI Awards Given Out at NASFT

SOFI Awards Given Out at NASFT

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SOFI Awards Given Out at NASFT

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The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade awarded its SOFIâ„¢ Awards during this week’s Fancy Food Show in New York City. The Awards recognize outstanding food and beverage products in 32 categories of specialty food. Winners were selected from close to 2,100 entries by a national panel of specialty food industry experts.

“The winners of this year’s sofi awards are evidence that our members continue to create distinctive products that delight consumers,” said Ann Daw, president of the NASFT. “That is part of why our industry remains resilient in this challenging economy,” she added.

This year’s contest was the most vibrant yet, with a record 2,191 entries. The field was narrowed to 150 Silver Finalists over four days of judging this spring by an independent panel of specialty food experts. Gold winners were selected by more than 400 retailers and foodservice buyers attending the Summer Fancy Food Show, which began Sunday and ends today. Winners learned of their honor at the ceremony, where they were presented with a gold statue of a chef. “sofi” stands for specialty outstanding food innovation.

Here is a partial listing of products honored:

Outstanding New Product 2008
Transatlantic Foods: Aux Delices des Bois Black Truffle Butter

Outstanding Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa or Dip
Robert Lambert: Dark Cherries Preserved in Merlot Syrup

Outstanding Baked Good, Baking Ingredient or Cereal
Callie’s Charleston Biscuits: Callie’s Charleston Biscuits – Cheese

Outstanding Cheese or Dairy Product
Coach Farm: Triple Cream Goat Cheese

Outstanding Chocolate
Brandini Toffee: Brandini Toffee®

Outstanding Cold Beverage
SAAF Ginger Beverage Company

Outstanding Condiment
Rolls Enterprises: Kerala Curry Tomato Chutney

Outstanding Confection
Bissinger’s® Handcrafted Chocolatier: Blueberry Acai Gummy Pandas

Outstanding Cookie
Minnie Beasley’s® :Almond Lace Gourmet Cookies

Outstanding Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer – TIE
Delicae Gourmet: Strawberry Zinfandel Balsamic Glaze
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Sukhi’s Quick – N – Ezee Gourmet Indian Foods: Tikka Masala Paste

Outstanding Cracker
Mary’s Gone Crackers: Mary’s Gone Crackers Original

Outstanding Dessert or Dessert Topping
Shootflying Hill Sauce Company: Salty Butterscotch Dessert Sauce

Outstanding Diet or Lifestyle Product
Organic Nectars: Raw Agave Gelato Pistachio

Outstanding Food Gift
The Seasoned Palate dba tsp spices: tsp spices Sweet Basic

Outstanding Frozen Savory
Good Wives®, division of Innovative Foods: Mushroom Profiteroles

Outstanding Hot Beverage
Sarabeth’s Kitchen: Hot Chocolate Parisienne

Outstanding Innovation in Packaging Design or Function
Knipschildt Chocolatier: Petit Egg Sampler

Outstanding Jam, Preserve, Honey or Nut Butter
Barefoot Contessa : Lemon Curd

Outstanding Meat, Paté or Seafood
The CheeseWorks: Ortiz Conservas Boquerones Marinated White Anchovies

Outstanding Non-Food Specialty Item
Twist: Twist® European sponge Cloth #20

Outstanding Oil
Stella Cadente Olive Oil Company: Basil Oil

Outstanding Pasta Sauce
Nuovo Pasta Productions: Roasted Portabella and Truffle Gourmet Sauce

Outstanding Pasta, Rice or Grain
Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company: Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese

The NASFT is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 to foster trade, commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. Today there are more than 2,800 members in the U.S. and abroad. For further information on the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, go to www.specialtyfood.com.

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