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History of sofi™

40+ Years on the Cutting Edge

Since 1972, the sofi Awards have honored the best in specialty food.

At first, only two awards were given: Outstanding Domestic Product and Outstanding Imported Product. At the time, much of the specialty food on the market came from Europe and there was a distinct Continental flair to the Fancy Food Show and the Awards.

A sofi gives a product instant credibility and respect within the industry.
‒ Brandon Gross, FOODMatch, 2010 Winner

Today, the sofi Awards represent culinary creativity across America and around the globe. Winners and finalists are selected at the Specialty Food Association headquarters in New York City by a national panel of culinary experts. Every year, sofi products are showcased at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York and the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.

Read more about the Awards’ history.

"sofi" stands for "specialty outstanding food innovation" and represents the best of the best.

sofi Winners for Outstanding New Product:

Year Company Product
2016 La Pasta, Inc. Radicchio, Parsnip and Apricot Ravioli
2015 Big Picture Farm Raspberry Rhubarb Goat Milk Caramels
2014 East Hampton Gourmet Foods Lentil Rice Crispbread - Sesame Pink Salt
2013 The Fine Cheese Co. Pearls of Pure Goats' Cheese Artisan Biscuits Ltd.
2013 Point Reyes Bay Blue Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.
2012 Cable Car Delights, Inc. The Latest Scoop Ginger Pear Sorbet
2011 GarLic it! Private Reserve Caramelized Garlic Finish
2010 South African Consulate General Rozendal Hibiscus Vinegar
2009 New England Herbal Foods Danielle Roasted Coconut Chips
2008 Transatlantic Foods, Inc. Aux Delices des Bois Black
Truffle Butter
2007 Chelsea Market Baskets/Fine Food Marketing Sweet Chilli & Red
Pepper Potato Chips
2006 Artisanal Premium Cheese Artisanal Premium Cheesecake
2005 Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue
2004 D'Artagnan Medallion Duck Foie Gras with 2% Truffles
2003 Robert Rothschild Farm Ginger Wasabi Sauce
2002 Cypress Grove Chevre, Inc. Cypress Grove Cream Line Midnight Moon
2001 B.T. McElrath Chocolatier, Inc Epicurean Truffles
2000 O Olive Oil O Ruby Grapefruit
1999 Out Of A Flower, Inc. Orchid Vanilla Ice Cream
1998 Delouis Fils Fresh Mayonnaise
1997 Chateau Nicholas, Inc. Vermont Gold Sesame Garlic Grilling & Roasting Sauce
1996 Stonewall Kitchen, Ltd./The Republic of Tea Ginger Peach Tea Jam
1995 Fox's Fine Foods Yellow Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
1994 Bittersweet Pastries Santa Fe Cheese Tart
1993 Grapevine Trading Company Crystallized Pansies
1992 Misono Food Ltd. Bun Mange¹s Truffle Pasta
1991 Bittersweet Pastries Raspberry Almond Tart
1990 Love at First Bite California Frittata