Alex Guarnaschelli of Chopped Announced Winners at Summer Fancy Food Show

Boston, MA (July 2, 2015) – Nella Pasta’s Corn, Caramelized Onion & Thyme Ravioli is the winner of the Specialty Food Association’s 2015 sofi™ Award for Outstanding Pasta, Rice or Grain.

A sofi is the top honor in the $109 billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation and represents the best of the best from members of the Specialty Food Association.

The Corn, Caramelized Onion & Thyme Ravioli was one of 125 Finalists selected by a national panel of specialty food experts from 2,715 entries across 32 Awards categories including Outstanding Chocolate, Cheese, and Savory Snack. Winners were announced June 29, 2015, by Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, a judge on Food Network’s Chopped, at a red-carpet ceremony at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

“We were so thrilled to be part of this outstanding list of products for the third year,” says Rachel Virtue, Co-Owner of Nella Pasta, “And even more thrilled when we won the gold!” “We love our ravioli for their unique flavor combinations highlighting seasonal veggies, creamy ricotta, herbs and specialty cheeses all tucked inside a part whole grain dough. We were so excited to share one of our summer favorites with the judges at the Fancy Food Show this year and happy to bring home the industry’s highest honor” says Leigh Foster, Co-Owner of Nella Pasta. Nella Pasta is sold at select Whole Foods and specialty stores throughout New England.

“Specialty food is about wonderful products made by people who care,” says Ann Daw, president of the Specialty Food Association. “This year’s winners reflect the amazing vibrancy of our industry today,” says Specialty Food Association President Ann Daw.

The sofi Awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs with more than 3,000 members in the U.S. and abroad. For more information on the association and its Fancy Food Shows, go to specialtyfood.com. Learn more about the 2014 sofi Awards at specialtyfood.com/sofi.