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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Summer Fancy Food Show Sofi Award Finalists

Finalists for Outstanding New Product 2009 and Outstanding Product Line

The judging is now complete to select Silver Finalists in all 33 categories of this year’s sofi awards for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of 2009. This year’s panel of nine judges -- from The Pasta Shop and The Fresh Market to Pier 1 Imports, Meijer and the Myriad Restaurant Group -- met last week to select finalists for Outstanding New Product and Outstanding Product Line. Gold award judging will take place at the Summer Fancy Food Show. The 33 winners will be crowned at a special ceremony June 29 hosted by noted chef Ming Tsai.

Finalists for Outstanding New Product 2009:

Belle Chevre - Belle & The Bees Breakfast Cheese
Chex Finer Foods - Laurel Hill Tortilla Chips - Olive and Caper
Clotho Corp. - Haddrell's of Cambridge Rewarewa Honey
European Imports Ltd.- Cucina Viva Roasted Red Tomatoes
Grafton Village Cheese Co. - Grafton Duet
Koppert Cress USA - Mustard Cress Single Retail Unit
New England Herbal Foods - Danielle Fruit Chips - Roasted Coconut
Sonoma Syrup Co. - Acai Black Currant Superfruit Syrup
The Gracious Gourmet - Dilled Carrot Tomato Tapenade
Theo Chocolate – Theo Limited Edition Collection
Vinnedge Distributing Inc. - Vergnano Italian Organic Blood Orange Soda

Finalists for Outstanding Product Line:

Bellwether Farms – Bellwether Farms
De Medici Imports, Ltd. – A L’Olivier
Sarabeth’s Kitchen – Sarabeth’s Product Line
Silver Moon Desserts – Silver Moon Ice Cream and Sorbet
The Rogers Collection – Les Moulins Mahjoub

This year’s Sofi competition was robust. Members entered 1,997 products across all 33 categories, including 414 products for Outstanding New Product and 172 for Outstanding Product Line.

Don’t miss a chance to cheer for your colleagues at the Sofi awards ceremony at the Summer Show. To purchase tickets to the ceremony, visit This event is an "education session."