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2014 sofi™ Award Winners & Finalists

sofi Award Finalists represent the best of the best in specialty food and beverages. “sofi” stands for specialty outstanding food innovation. This year’s finalists were selected from a record number 2,734 entries across all 32 awards categories. Here are the products that made the cut.

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Appetizer, Antipasto or Hors d’Oeuvres

Finalist

Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa or Dip

Spicy Maple Bourbon Pickle
Brooklyn Brine Co.

Winner

Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa or Dip

Smokra
Rick’s Picks

Finalist

Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa or Dip

Fondo di Toscana Sweet Roasted Calabrian Figs
Sid Wainer & Son®

Baked Good, Baking Ingredient or Cereal

Finalist

Baked Good, Baking Ingredient or Cereal

Pivetti Skura Nera Black Pizza Flour
Atalanta Corporation

Winner

Baked Good, Baking Ingredient or Cereal

Callie’s Charleston Cheese and Chive Biscuits
Callie’s Charleston Biscuits

Finalist

Baked Good, Baking Ingredient or Cereal

Jansal Valley Almond & Vanilla Sugar
Sid Wainer & Son®

Finalist

Baked Good, Baking Ingredient or Cereal

Fine Rye with Fruit & Nuts
Storye Bread

Cheese or Dairy Product

Finalist

Cheese or Dairy Product

Rachel
Artisan Biscuits

Winner (tie)

Cheese or Dairy Product

Whole Milk Ricotta
Bellewether Farms

Finalist

Cheese or Dairy Product

Blue Hill Beet Yogurt
Blue Hill Yogurt

Finalist

Cheese or Dairy Product

Rawstruck--Raw Milk Aged Goat Cheese
Coach Farm Enterprises

Finalist

Cheese or Dairy Product

Pena Gorda
European Imports, Inc.

Winner (tie)

Cheese or Dairy Product

Red Witch
World’s Best Cheeses

Chocolate

Finalist

Chocolate

Apple Ghost Chili Salt Caramels
Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier

Finalist

Chocolate

The Lover Avant-Garde Bar
Chocolat Moderne

Finalist

Chocolate

Smoked Chocolate Chips
Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery

Winner

Chocolate

Popcorn Toffee Squares
Poco Dolce Confections

Finalist

Chocolate

Bottega Ditalia Amaretti Cookie Crumble Bark with Dark Chocolate
Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods

Classic

Finalist

Classic

La Salamandra Dulce de Leche
De Medici Imports, Ltd.

Finalist

Classic

Classic All Butter Puff Pastry
Dufour Pastry Kitchens, Inc.

Winner

Classic

Gray Salt Caramel
Fran’s® Chocolates

Finalist

Classic

Forbidden Rice®
Lotus Foods

Finalist

Classic

Oregonzola Blue Cheese
Rogue Creamery

Cold Beverage

Finalist

Cold Beverage

Dragon Fruit Jin + Ja
Canada Enterprises

Winner

Cold Beverage

Joia All Natural Soda - Orange, Jasmine & Nutmeg
Joia All Natural Soda

Finalist

Cold Beverage

Almond Water with Coconut Flavor
Victoria’s Kitchen

Condiment

Finalist

Condiment

Passion Mango Chutney
Aunty Lilikoi

Finalist

Condiment

Pickled Raisins
Boat Street Pickles

Finalist

Condiment

Bluegrass Soy Sauce
Bourbon Barrel Foods

Finalist

Condiment

Chipotle Mayonnaise
Sir Kensington’s

Winner

Condiment

Triple Ale Onion Savory Spread
Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Confection

Finalist

Confection

Cocomels - Sea Salt
JJ’s Sweets® Cocomels™

Finalist

Confection

Hana Collection Pates de Fruits
Maui Fruit Jewels

Winner

Confection

Bourbon Nib Brittle
Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Co.

Finalist

Confection

Peanut Brittle
Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory

Cookie

Finalist

Cookie

Lemon Sugar Cookies
Grey Ghost Bakery

Finalist

Cookie

Heritage Shortbread
Heritage Shortbread

Finalist

Cookie

Coconut Macaroons
Klara’s Gourmet Cookies

Winner

Cookie

Millionaire Shortbread with Smoked Hickory Sea Salt
The Sticky Toffee Pudding Company

Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer

Finalist

Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer

Ayara Thai Peanut Sauce
Ayara Thai Products

Finalist

Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer

Mole Poblano
Hernán

Winner

Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer

Hot Smoky Barbecue Sauce
Lillie’s Q Barbeque Sauces & Rubs

Finalist

Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer

Miss Lily’s Jamaican Jerk BBQ Sauce
Miss Lily’s Foods

Finalist

Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer

Gochujang 02 Sesame - Fermented Chile Sauce
Mother-in-Law’s Kimchi

Finalist

Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer

Jansal Valley French Mustard and Herb Blend
Sid Wainer & Son®

Cracker

Winner

Cracker

Governor’s Cheddar Crackers
Castleton Crackers

Finalist

Cracker

Walnut Ryecakes
Effie’s Homemade

Finalist

Cracker

Raincoast Crisps - Cranberry Hazelnut
Lesley Stowe Fine Foods Ltd.

Dessert or Dessert Topping

Finalist

Dessert or Dessert Topping

Brown Sugar Bourbon & Pecan Ice Cream
Batch

Finalist

Dessert or Dessert Topping

Three Ingredient Berry Syrup Blackberry
Blackberry Patch

Winner

Dessert or Dessert Topping

Belle Chevre Goat Cheese Cheesecake
Fromagerie Belle Chevre

Finalist

Dessert or Dessert Topping

Blue Bottle Coffee Bar Gelato
Gelateria Naia

Finalist

Dessert or Dessert Topping

Heilala Vanilla Syrup
Heilala Vanilla Ltd.

Diet and Lifestyle Product

Finalist

Diet and Lifestyle Product

Fruit + Nut Press
Grace & I

Finalist

Diet and Lifestyle Product

eda-zen cruncha ma-me Jalapeno
Greenwave Foods, Inc.

Winner

Diet and Lifestyle Product

Gluten-Free Lobster Mac & Cheese
Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co.

Finalist

Diet and Lifestyle Product

Totally Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce
Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery

Finalist

Diet and Lifestyle Product

Green Tea + C Citrus Ginger
Sencha Naturals

Finalist

Diet and Lifestyle Product

RealSticks Turkey Pepperoni
Vermont Smoke and Cure

Food Gift

Finalist

Food Gift

Set of Fruit Presses in Bamboo Box
Grace & I

Winner (tie)

Food Gift

S’mores Kit
Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery

Winner (tie)

Food Gift

Oregon Tradition
Rogue Creamery

Frozen Savory

Winner

Frozen Savory

Mushroom, Garlic, & Scallion
Elegant Brie

Finalist

Frozen Savory

Uncle Irv’s Caramelized Onion Kugel
The Kugel Company

Hot Beverage

Finalist

Hot Beverage

CocoaMint
CocoaPlanet Inc.

Winner

Hot Beverage

Licorice and Peppermint
teapigs

Finalist

Hot Beverage

Sweet Memories 10 pyramid teabags
Wah Fong Tea Company LTD

Innovation in Packaging Design or Function

Winner

Innovation in Packaging Design or Function

Coop’s MicroCreamery: Handmade Hot Fudge
Coop’s MicroCreamery®

Finalist

Innovation in Packaging Design or Function

Restaurant Style Tortilla Chip
Late July Organic Snacks

Jam, Preserve, Honey, Nut Butter

Winner

Jam, Preserve, Honey, Nut Butter

Oatmeal Cookie Butter
Dave’s Gourmet, Inc.

Finalist

Jam, Preserve, Honey, Nut Butter

Meyer Lemon Marmalade
Gary & Kit’s Napa Valley

Finalist

Jam, Preserve, Honey, Nut Butter

Premium Srikaya / Coconut Jam
Hey Boo

Finalist

Jam, Preserve, Honey, Nut Butter

Tomato Jam
Katchkie Farm

Finalist

Jam, Preserve, Honey, Nut Butter

Lemony Flaxseed Spread with Ginger and Honey
Laxmi’s Delights

Meat, Pâté or Seafood

Finalist

Meat, Pâté or Seafood

Bloc de Foie Gras de Canard
Les Trois Petits Cochons Inc.

Finalist

Meat, Pâté or Seafood

Loukanika
Olympic Provisions

Winner

Meat, Pâté or Seafood

Fermin Ibérico de Bellota Smoked Panceta
Wagshal’s Imports

New Product

Finalist

New Product

Grapefruit Lilac
Blossom Water

Winner

New Product

Lentil Rice Crispbread - Sesame Pink Salt
East Hampton Gourmet Foods

Finalist

New Product

Groix & Nature Lobster Oil
Finesaler LLC

Finalist

New Product

Coinga - 6 month Raw Milk Mahon Cheese
Fromartharie, Inc.

Finalist

New Product

Capperi Croccanti - Crunchy Capers
Manicaretti Italian Food Imports

Finalist

New Product

Apricot Almond Panforte
Napa Cakes Panforte

Finalist

New Product

Norcino Salamini
Olli Salumeria Americana

Finalist

New Product

Pink & Black 32 oz.
Owl's Brew

Finalist

New Product

Stubb's Hatch Chile Cookin' Sauce
Stubb's Legendary Kitchen

Finalist

New Product

Maple Cube - Vermont Grade B
Tonewood

Oil

Winner

Oil

Barbera Lorenzo No. 5
Lettieri & Co.

Finalist

Oil

Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Lucero Olive Oil

Pasta Sauce

Winner

Pasta Sauce

Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
Cucina Antica Foods Corp.

Finalist

Pasta Sauce

The Trentasette Collection Whole Yellow Datterino Tomatoes
Italian Products USA, Inc.

Pasta, Rice or Grain

Winner

Pasta, Rice or Grain

Beet, Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese Ravioli
La Pasta, Inc.

Finalist

Pasta, Rice or Grain

Brussels Sprout, Caramelized Onion & Asiago Ravioli
Nella Pasta

Finalist

Pasta, Rice or Grain

Spaghettoni Matt Monograno Felicetti
Pastificio Felicetti

Perishable Foodservice Product

Finalist

Perishable Foodservice Product

Aged Grating Stick
Coach Farm Enterprises

Finalist

Perishable Foodservice Product

Sauces ‘n Love Nut-Free Pesto
Sauces ‘n Love, Inc.

Winner

Perishable Foodservice Product

Bijou Food Service
Vermont Creamery

Product Line

Finalist

Product Line

Bellwether Farms
Bellwether Farms

Finalist

Product Line

José Andrés Foods
José Andrés Foods

Finalist

Product Line

Poco Dolce Confections Bittersweet Chocolate Tiles w/Sea Salt
Poco Dolce Confections

Finalist

Product Line

Cavedoni Balsamic Vinegars
Putney House

Finalist

Product Line

Rishi Novel Knit Tea Bags
Rishi Tea

Winner

Product Line

Tonewood
Tonewood

Salad Dressing

Finalist

Salad Dressing

Honey Pear Vinaigrette
Earth & Vine Provisions, Inc.

Winner

Salad Dressing

Ginger Soy Infusion Dressing
Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Salsa or Dip

Finalist

Salsa or Dip

Tzatziki
Haig’s Delicacies

Winner

Salsa or Dip

Point Reyes Blue Cheese Dip - Original Blue Flavor
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

Finalist

Salsa or Dip

wildbrine Fermented Salsa Rojo
wildbrine

Shelf-Stable Foodservice Product

Winner

Shelf-Stable Foodservice Product

Tonton™ Hibachi Sauce with Sake
Argo Century Inc.

Finalist

Shelf-Stable Foodservice Product

Mama Lil’s Hungarian “Goathorn” Peppers in Brine
Food Match, Inc.

Finalist

Shelf-Stable Foodservice Product

Hatch Chile Pesto
The Gracious Gourmet

Snack Food

Winner

Snack Food

Dang Toasted Coconut Chips
Dang Foods

Finalist

Snack Food

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Macaroons
Hail Merry

Finalist

Snack Food

Primizie Simply Salted French Velvet Grey Sea Salt Crispbread
Piadina Incorporated

Finalist

Snack Food

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn/Sriracha Popcorn
Pop! Gourmet Popcorn

Finalist

Snack Food

Organic Snack Bars - Coconut
Simple Squares

Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili

Finalist

Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili

Mom’s Limited Edition Tomato Basil Soup
Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc.

Winner

Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili

Dinner Tonight White Bean Chili Seasoning
Backyard Safari Company

USDA-Certified Organic Product

Finalist

USDA-Certified Organic Product

Rigatoni Kamut Monograno Felicetti
Pastificio Felicetti

Finalist

USDA-Certified Organic Product

Ritrovo Selections Organic Balsamic
Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods

Winner

USDA-Certified Organic Product

Cucumber Mint
Silk Road Soda Company

Vinegar

 

Vinegar

Kaffir Lime
Chaparral Gardens

 

Winner

Vinegar

Thai Basil Drinking Vinegar
Pok Pok Som

 

 

Vinegar

Spiced Beet Finishing Vinegar
Wozz! Kitchen Creations