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  • Writer's pictureDylan Kelly

Five New England Companies Strike Gold at Annual Specialty Food Awards

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The Specialty Food Association recently unveiled the winners of its prestigious sofi Gold Award. Established in 1972, the sofi Award — an acronym for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation — celebrates excellence in the specialty food industry. Each year, a panel of expert tasters evaluates entries based on flavor, appearance, texture, aroma, and ingredient quality across 49 categories. Winners gain significant media attention, deals with distributors and food service companies, and placement on retail shelves.

This year, the association streamlined the awards process, opting to distribute only gold awards in each category, eliminating the traditional bronze and silver awards. The sofi awards, resembling Oscar-like statues of chefs holding chafing dishes, symbolize the highest recognition in the industry. The competition is fierce, attracting over 2,000 entries annually, with New England producers consistently performing well.

This year's gold accolades were awarded to the following five New England companies:

  1. Dumpling Daughter from Weston, MA won the gold for their frozen Pork & Chive Dumplings made with Duroc Heritage breed pork and Chinese chive.

  2. Nuovo Pasta Production in Stratford, Conn., took the accolade for their Fragrant Lemon & Mascarpone Raviolo.

  3. Bixby in Rockland, Maine, was recognized for its Organic Belize 70% Dark Chocolate Bar.

  4. Blake Hill Preserves from Windsor, Vermont, was honored for its Mango Pineapple Habanero Spicy Chili Jam.

  5. Vermont Creamery from Websterville, Vermont, received the award for its Sea Salt Cultured Butter.

In late June, these producers will showcase their award-winning products at the Fancy Food Show in New York City, the association’s premier trade event. Here, the companies will have opportunities to win additional accolades, such as Product of the Year, Outstanding New Product, or Outstanding Packaging.


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