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2015 sofi New Product Awards Bestowed at Summer Fancy Food Show

Raspberry Rhubarb Goat Milk Caramels, from Townshend, Vt.-based Big Picture Farm, has won the sofi (“specialty outstanding food innovation”) Award for outstanding new product of 2015, making it one of 33 winners of the annual competition honoring excellence across all specialty food categories. The awards were presented on June 29 during a ceremony at the 61st Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.

Ted Allen, host of Food Network's "Chopped," gave a keynote address at the event, while chef Alex Guarnaschelli, a judge on the show, handed out the gold sofi chef statuettes. (Pictured: Lucas Farrell and Louisa Conrad, of Big Picture Farm, flanking Guarnaschelli). The 2015 winners were culled from 2,715 entries across 32 categories, with final voting held at the trade show.

The winners are as follows:

Outstanding Appetizer, Antipasto, or Hors d'Oeuvres

Lone Mountain Wagyu: 100% Fullblood Wagyu Beef Summer Sausage


Outstanding Baking Ingredient, Baking Mix, or Flavor Enhancer

Sutter Buttes Natural and Artisan Foods: Blood Orange Olive Oil Brownie Kit


Outstanding Bread, Muffin, Granola, or Cereal

Callie’s Charleston Biscuits: Cheese and Chive Biscuits


Outstanding Cheese

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.: Bay Blue


Outstanding Chocolate

Laurie & Sons: Dangerously Delicious Black Licorice Chocolate Toffee


Outstanding Classic Product

Vermont Creamery: Cultured Butter Sea Salt Basket


Outstanding Cold Beverage

Owl's Brew: White and Vine


Outstanding Condiment

Sir Kensington's: Special Sauce


Outstanding Confection

Big Picture Farm: Goat Milk Chai Caramels


Outstanding Cookie Brownie, Cake, or Pie

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery: Organic Molten Chocolate Cake-Dark Decadence

Outstanding Cooking, Dipping, or Finishing Sauce

TIE CHarissa: Authentic Moroccan Seasoning; Kitchens of Africa: Zanzibar


Outstanding Cracker

Grains of Health: Laiki Black Rice Crackers


Outstanding Dairy or Dairy Alternative Product

Bellwether Farms: Blackberry Sheep Milk Yogurt


Outstanding Dessert Sauce, Topping, or Syrup

Coop's MicroCreamery: Salted Caramel Sauce


Outstanding Foodservice Product

Crown Maple: Grade A Very Dark Color Strong Taste Maple Syrup


Outstanding Frozen Savory

Callie's Charleston Biscuits: Country Ham Biscuits


Outstanding Hot Beverage

Tea Forte: Vanilla Pear Tea


Outstanding Ice Cream, Gelato, or Frozen Treat

Steve's Ice Cream: Speculoos Cookie Butter Ice Cream


Outstanding Jam, Preserve, Honey, or Nut Butter

Manicaretti Italian Food Imports: Sicilian Pistachio Spread


Outstanding Meat, Pate, or Seafood

Fra' Mani Handcrafted Foods: Salametto Piccante

Outstanding Oil

Culinary Collective: Castillo de Canena Smoked Arbequina Olive Oil


Outstanding Pasta, Rice, or Grain

Nella Pasta: Corn, Caramelized Onion & Thyme Ravioli


Outstanding Pasta Sauce

Sauces 'n Love: Pumpkin and Kale Alfredo Sauce

Outstanding Salad Dressing

Nago Foods: Cracked Sesame Miso


Outstanding Salsa or Dip

Wozz! Kitchen Creations: Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde


Outstanding Savory Snack

Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods: Sweet Chili Chickpea Chips


Outstanding Soup, Stew, Bean, or Chili

Cook San Francisco: Nona Lim Thai Curry and Lime Broth


Outstanding Sweet Snack

Pipsnacks: Kettle Pipcorn


Outstanding Vegan or Gluten-free Product

Tate's Bake Shop: Gluten Free Ginger Zinger Cookie


Outstanding Vinegar

Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods: Organic Apple Balsamic Vinegar


Outstanding Product Line

Fat Toad Farm: Farmstead Goat's Milk Caramel


Outstanding New Product

Big Picture Farm: Raspberry Rhubarb Goat Milk Caramels


Many of the winners were singled out as particularly tasty by Progressive Grocer after a visit to the sofi Awards press tasting on Sunday, June 28.

The awards program, now in its 43rd year, is open to members of the Specialty Food Association, owner and producer of the Summer Fancy Food Show. Last spring, a national panel of specialty food professionals and food journalists chose the finalists over eight full days of tastings at the association's offices in New York.

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