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SFA Announces 2024 sofi Award Winners

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Blis Gourmet Spruce Infused Ponzu Sauce, Tillamook Sea Salt & Honeycomb Toffee Ice Cream, and Blake Hill Preserves Mango Pineapple Habanero Chili Jam are among the sofi Gold Award-winning products announced today by the Specialty Food Association.

The sofi Awards represent the best of the best in each of 48 specialty food and beverage categories. Click here to view all the winners. 

Characteristics such as spicy-sweet flavor profiles, global ingredients, and gluten-free formulas were shared among multiple sofi-winning products, indicating key trends to watch across the food industry. 

“Congratulations to all of the 2024 Gold Award winners for receiving the top scores in extremely competitive categories,” said Phil Robinson, SVP of member development at SFA. “The level of innovation, creativity, and quality among the pool of entries we received this year was remarkable, and underscores the dynamism of specialty food and beverage makers across the industry and the world.” 

Only product-qualified members of SFA are eligible to enter the sofi Awards which were judged at the Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University, SFA’s partner for the awards. FIC experts as well as specialty food buyers, influencers, and members of the media evaluated products in anonymous tastings using criteria that included flavor, appearance, texture, aroma, ingredient quality, and innovation.  

The 2024 sofi Gold Award winners will be showcased in a dedicated area of the 2024 Summer Fancy Food Show, running June 23-25 at the Javits Center in New York City. Additionally, the five top-scoring products from each eligible category will enter into an anonymous-tasting round, live at the Show, for the chance to take home one of the sofi Grand Honors Awards: Product of the Year/Food, Product of the Year/Beverage, Outstanding New Product, Outstanding Classic, and Outstanding Packaging. 

SFA will celebrate the sofi Award winners and announce the five Grand Honors Award winners at the inaugural sofi Awards Gala during the Summer Fancy Food Show. Taking place in the evening of Monday, June 24, and hosted by Kristen Kish of Bravo’s Top Chef, the Gala is a ticketed event open to all Summer Fancy Food Show participants. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets to the Gala.