NEW YORK, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Winners were announced this evening for the 38th sofi Awards for the outstanding foods and beverages of the year. Presented by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) the awards honor the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year in 33 categories. "sofi" stands for specialty outstanding food innovation.
The awards were presented at the Summer Fancy Food Show by noted Executive Chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns at a red-carpet event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
The 2010 sofi Gold Winners are:
Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa or Dip: Simply Delish - Simply Delish Chunky Dip - Sweet Chili
Baked Good, Baking Ingredient or Cereal: The Sticky Toffee Pudding Company - Sticky Toffee Pudding
Cheese or Dairy Product: Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods - Ritrovo Selections - Mt. Townsend Limited Edition Truffle & Salt Seastack
Chocolate: Poco Dolce - Sesame Toffee Tiles
Classic: Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. - Mom's Spaghetti Sauce
Cold Beverage: Brands of Britain - Fever-Tree Ginger Beer
Condiment: Dulcet Cuisine - Mild Indian Curry Ketchup
Confection: Amy E's Bakery - Almond Toffee
Cookie: Effie's Homemade - Effie's Oatcakes
Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer: Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods - Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce
Cracker: Kitchen Table Bakers - Rosemary Parmesan Crisp
Dessert or Dessert Topping: Ciao Bella Gelato Company - Key Lime Graham Gelato Squares
Diet and Lifestyle Product: G.S. Gelato And Desserts, Inc. - Blood Orange Sorbetto
Food Gift: Sonoma Syrup Co. Inc. - Extract Gift Set
Frozen Savory: Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. - Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese
Hot Beverage: Belgium's Chocolate Source – Hot Chocolate Stick
Innovation in Packaging Design or Function: Knipschildt Chocolatier - Ensemble Box of Easter Eggs
Jam, Preserve, Honey or Nut Butter: Beth - el Food Ltd. - Aunt Bertha Apricot Preserves 75% Fresh Fruit
Meat, Pate or Seafood: Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats - Nueske's Applewood Smoked Bacon
New Product : South African Consulate General - Rozendal Hibiscus Vinegar
Non-Food Specialty Item: Source Atlantique Inc. - If You Care 100% Biomass FSC Certified Firelighters
Oil: Manicaretti Italian Food Imports - Olio Verde Extra Virgin Lemon
Pasta Sauce: Dave's Gourmet, Inc. - Masala Marinara
Pasta, Rice or Grain: Nuovo Pasta Productions, Ltd. - Kidz Mac & Cheez Gol'Fish Ravioli
Perishable Foodservice Product: Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery - Bijou
Pet Product: The Lazy Dog Cookie Co., Inc. - The Original Pup-Pie Happy Birthday
Product Line: Royal Pacific Foods - The Ginger People
Salad Dressing: Lucini Italia Co. - Delicate Cucumber and Shallot Artisan Vinaigrette
Shelf-Stable Foodservice Product: FoodMatch, Inc. - Dalmatia Fig Spread
Snack Food: Nutorious - Cranberry Orango Tango
Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili: Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. - Linekin Bay Lobster Corn Chowder
USDA-Approved Organic Product: Truly Organic Baking - Bakers Basics™ Organic Banana Bread Mix
Vinegar: Lucero Olive Oil - Peach Balsamic Vinegar
Competition was stiff this year, with a record 2,257 entries across all 33 categories. This spring, a national panel of specialty food experts narrowed the field to 140 Silver Finalists during five days of judging at NASFT's offices in New York City. More than 200 buyers at the Summer Fancy Food Show cast ballots to select the gold winners. The results were tabulated by an outside accounting firm this afternoon. The Summer Fancy Food Show ends tomorrow, June 29.
"A sofi Award means instant visibility and recognition by discerning buyers of specialty food and beverages across the U.S. and around the world," said Ann Daw, president of the NASFT. "This year's winners reflect the spirit of innovation and excellence that are the foundation of the specialty food industry."
The NASFT is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 to foster commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. Today there are more than 2,900 members in the U.S. and abroad. For further information on the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, go to www.specialtyfood.com. The NASFT's website for consumers, http://foodspring.com/sofiawards/ provides an insider's look at specialty foods and the companies, entrepreneurs and artisans behind them.