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Gold Winners Announced for the 2008 National Association for the Specialty Food Trade...
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Gold Winners Announced for the 2008 National Association for the Specialty Food Trade sofi(TM) Awards Transatlantic Foods Aux Delices des Bois Black Truffle Butter Named Outstanding New Product of 2008 NEW YORK--(Business Wire)-- The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade announced winners of the 36th annual sofi(TM) Awards for outstanding products of 2008 at its 54th Summer Fancy Food Show last night. The awards were presented by noted chef and cookbook author Jacques Pepin during a ceremony at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The sofi awards recognize excellence in specialty foods and beverages in 32 categories, and are considered a coveted industry honor. "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. The winners are: Outstanding New Product: 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, Gingernize(R)(TM) Ginger Lemonade Rush(TM) 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 -- Sukhi's Quick - N - Ezee Gourmet Indian Food, 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(R), 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, Pate or Seafood, The CheeseWorks: Ortiz Conservas Boquerones Marinated White Anchovies Outstanding Non-Food Specialty Item: Twist, Twist(R) 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 Outstanding Perishable Foodservice Product: Good Wives(R), division of Innovative Foods: Beef Wellington Outstanding Pet Product: Big Bark Bakery, Mega Bite Peanut Treat Outstanding Product Line: Vermont Butter & Cheese Company: Vermont Butter & Cheese Company Outstanding Salad Dressing: Stonewall Kitchen, Balsamic Fig Dressing Outstanding Shelf-Stable Foodservice Product: Sweetfields: Wild Strawberry SweetCrystal PLUS Pansies Outstanding Snack Food: Route 11 Potato Chips, Sweet Potato Chips Outstanding Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili: Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company, Spruce Head Smoked Scallop Lobster Bisque Outstanding USDA-Approved Organic Product: Blackwell's Organic Gelato, Raspberry Sorbetto Outstanding Vinegar: Lettieri & Company, Giuseppe Riccardo Balsamic Vinegar 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. NASFT Media Contacts: Ron Tanner, VP Communications & Education 646-878-0115 firstname.lastname@example.org or Louise Kramer, Communications Director 646-878-0130 email@example.com Copyright Business Wire 2008