Websterville, Vermont-based Vermont Creamery earned top honors from the Specialty Food Association this week, winning five sofi Awards, taking home the gold for Vanilla Crème Fraiche and Bonne Bouche. Sea Salt Cultured Butter won silver, and Bijou and Lightly Salted Cultured Butter won bronze awards.
“Recognition is respect made visible, and we are always honored to be recognized by our industry peers at the Specialty Food Association,” said Adeline Druart, president of Vermont Creamery. “These accolades affirm our commitment to excellence across our portfolio and the dedication of our talented team of Bettermakers, who earn our gratitude every day.”
This is the first sofi Award for Sea Salt Cultured Butter, Vermont Creamery’s newest cultured butter. It’s the second sofi Award for Vanilla Crème Fraîche, a rich, cultured cream slightly sweetened and laced with Madagascar vanilla.
It’s the fourth sofi Award for Bonne Bouche, the beloved flagship of Vermont Creamery’s aged cheese collection, and the fourth for Bijou, a longstanding favorite aged goat cheese. It’s also the fourth win for Lightly Salted Cultured Butter.
In total, Vermont Creamery has stacked up 19 sofi Awards in the past five years.
A Certified B Corp since 2014, Vermont Creamery’s award-winning products are a culmination of the brand’s mission to deliver delicious dairy that tastes better because it’s made better, says the company. Its commitment to sustainability in business has earned recognition nationwide, too, and continues to earn consumer loyalty and brand trust.
For the sofi Awards, Vermont Creamery was among 148 winners, selected by a panel of specialty food experts from nearly 2,000 entries across 39 product categories. Products are judged on a blind tasting, including flavor, appearance, texture and aroma, ingredient quality and innovation.
And for the first time this year, judging was held at the prestigious Rutgers Food Innovation Center, following strict safety guidelines.
“It’s a privilege to continue the sofi Award tradition of recognizing extraordinary products and the people behind them,” said SFA Interim President Bill Lynch. “Having great news to celebrate, like the sofi Awards, is revitalizing for all of us in this pandemic year. The sofi finalists represent our dynamic industry – exciting consumers and expanding retail offerings around the world.”
The sofi Awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association with specialty food industry members across the U.S. The awards have been given each year since 1972. For the complete list of the winners, click here.
To learn more about Vermont Creamery, click here.