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Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. wins Product of the Year

Specialty Food Association

Top Honor in Specialty Food

Topsham, ME – May, 2021 – Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. wins Product of the Year for their Maine Shore Dinner for 2, an award given by the Specialty Food Association.  A sofi™ is the top honor in the $158 billion specialty food industry, “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.

“Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. started more than 20 years ago with the goal to make Maine lobster effortless and accessible. Today we continue to deliver the irreplaceable Maine experience to homes and businesses nation-wide. None of which could be possible without our spectacular team. This award is a true testament to their dedication and talent,” said CEO – Amber-Jean Nickel. The Maine Shore Dinner is the ultimate lobster bake! Maine lobster tails, mussels, shrimp, sea scallops, and ears of corn, all drenched in an herbed lemon butter sauce. This award-winning combination is packaged in a large foil bag that can be cooked on the grill or in your oven — a Maine lobster bake without any of the work. Just thaw, heat, and eat.

Judges consider quality, taste, innovativeness, ingredients, merchandisability, and best in class when determining finalists through a blind tasting. They do not see any packaging, pricing or brand identification to be sure there is no bias. “Winning a sofiTM is always an honor but Product of the Year is a whole other level of excitement. We really are proud to be a part of both the specialty food industry but also the Maine Lobstering legacy”, said Nickel.

Hancock Gourmet has been nominated for the awards numerous times in its 21-year history, taking home Gold Awards for Pemaquid Point Lobster Pot Pies (2003); Cundy’s Harbor Lobster Stew (2007), Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese (2008 and 2010), Spruce Head Smoked Scallop Lobster Bisque (2008), Linekin Bay Lobster Corn Chowder (2010), York Harbor Lobster Risotto on the Half Shell (2011), Orr’s Island Oyster Stew (2011),  Old Port Lobster Flatbread (2013), Gluten Free Lobster Mac & Cheese (2014), The company won Best Product Line in 2011 and was previously a finalist for its Nubble Light Lobster Wellington (2005) and for Best Product Line (2008).

About Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company

Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. was founded in 2000, and is located in Topsham, Maine. The company creates gourmet Maine lobster and seafood products that are all-natural, contain no preservatives and are made from the finest ingredients. Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. has received many prestigious awards and has been featured in several national magazines, newspapers, blogs and food TV shows. Products can be found at fine food markets, in catalogs nationwide, or directly though the company in retail or foodservice packaging. For more information, please visit

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