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Sofi Award Winners Recognized At Summer Fancy Food Show

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Last updated on July 2nd, 2014 at 12:19 pm

The winners of the 2014 sofi Awards for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year were announced Monday evening during a red-carpet ceremony at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.

Specialty Food Association sofi Winner 2014 LogoThe awards, considered the top honor in the $88.3 billion specialty food industry, were presented by acclaimed pastry chef Dominique Ansel, creator of the Cronut, a croissant-doughnut hybrid. The awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. “Sofi” stands for specialty outstanding food innovation.

This year’s contest was the largest in its 42-year history, with specialty food makers submitting 2,737 products across all 32 awards categories. The sofi Award for Outstanding New Product went to East Hampton Gourmet Food’s Lentil Rice Crispbread with Sesame and Pink Salt. See the other winners here.

“The creativity and passion our members bring to their foods and beverages was evident in the variety and quality of the contest entries this year,” says Specialty Food Association President Ann Daw. “The winners clearly reflect our brand for the industry, ‘Specialty Food. Craft. Care. Joy.'”

This spring, a national panel of specialty food professionals convened over eight days to taste and evaluate all entries and select 125 finalists. To determine the winners, 275 buyers at the Summer Fancy Food Show sampled the finalist products and cast votes for their favorite in each category. The results were tabulated by an outside accounting firm Monday afternoon.

The Summer Fancy Food show is the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty food in North America. The show wraps up today at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

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