St. Louis, Missouri-based Volpi Foods, a family-owned and -operated producer of specialty cured meats since 1902, has received the gold award in the Meat and Poultry category with its Cacciatore Salame as part of the Specialty Food Association’s 2022 sofi Awards, an honor in the $170.4 billion specialty food industry.
Volpi’s Cacciatore Salame was one of 102 winners selected by a panel of specialty food experts from nearly 2,000 entries across 53 product categories. Products are judged on taste, including flavor, appearance, texture and aroma, ingredient quality and innovation. All tastings are anonymous and are held at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center in Bridgeton, New Jersey.
“We have special pride for our Cacciatore Salame, as it is our founding product. To have it recognized as a top product in our 120th anniversary year makes this honor extra special,” said Deanna Depke, fourth generation marketing manager for Volpi Foods. “We are committed to responsible practices as well as preserving the ancient art of dry-cured meats so it also means a lot to see that care recognized by our industry leaders.”
Volpi’s Cacciatore Salame is a classic Italian-style dry salame rich with fresh garlic. The company has been hand-crafting dry-cured meats in the Midwest since 1902 and for generations before in Milan. Volpi sources from local partner farms that abide by its “Raised Responsibly” promise to put animal welfare first and allow for free, natural movement, no gestation crates and no growth hormones.
In 2020, Volpi introduced its Eco-Pack sustainable packaging that uses 70 percent less plastic than the standard deli packs. The packaging is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and has no effect on the product’s current shelf life.
The sofi Awards are open to members of the SFA and have been given each year since 1972. Winners will be showcased at the 2022 Summer Fancy Food Show, running June 12-14, at the Javits Center in New York City. Open only to the trade, it is the largest East Coast B2B-only specialty food and beverage show.
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