The winners of the 41st sofi Awards for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year were announced at the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. The awards, from the Specialty Food Association, were presented at a red-carpet ceremony hosted by internationally-acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson. A sofi is the highest honor in the $86 billion specialty food industry. 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 41-year history, with specialty food makers submitting 2,573 products across all 32 awards categories.
“The sofi awards honor innovation and excellence. With a record number of entries this year, the products that emerged as winners truly represent the best examples of the passion, creativity and care specialty food makers are bringing to their craft,” says Specialty Food Association President Ann Daw.
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, more than 150 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.
Follow this link to view the sofi Award Winners