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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The sofi Awards Part 1 Finalists are Announced!
The annual sofi Awards, considered the specialty food industry's most prestigious honor, has kicked off with the selection of finalists in Part 1 of the competition, which consists of 30 categories ranging from Outstanding Appetizer, Antipasto, or Hors d'Oeuvre to Outstanding Vinegar. A national panel of specialty food experts, from Fresh Direct, Whole Foods Market, The Wall Street Journal, Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants, Mollie Stone's Market, DeLaurenti's Specialty Food & Wine, and Artisanal Premium Cheese, among others, gathered at the Specialty Food Association in New York March 31–April 4, 2014. Over the five days, judges tasted and evaluated a record 2,025 product entrants to determine finalists in each category.
In total, the judging process to select sofi winners takes place over two months. Part 2 of the sofi Awards competition is about to get underway. Entries will be accepted from April 21 to 25, with judging taking place May 7–9. A final round of judging is held at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York on Sunday, June 29 and Monday June 30, by retail and foodservice buyers. Winners in each category will be announced at a red-carpet ceremony at the show the evening of June 30. Click here to check out the full list of the 109 finalists in Part 1 of the 2014 sofi Awards.