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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Top specialty foods of 2015 announced at Summer Fancy Food Show

The sofi Awards contest, now in its 43rd year and considered the top accolade in the $109-billion specialty food industry, announced its winners June 29 at a red-carpet awards ceremony at the 61st Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. Stealing the show, the Raspberry Rhubarb Goat Milk Caramels from Fat Toad Farm in Vermont is the winner of the sofi Award for outstanding new product of 2015. The confection is one of 33 winners in the annual competition that honors excellence across all specialty food categories, from appetizers to pastas to vinegar.

Ted Allen, host of Food Network's Chopped delivered a keynote address. This year's winners were selected from 2,715 entries across 32 awards categories. See the full list of sofi winners below.

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, Pâté, 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

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