3,200 Products Competed for Specialty Food Association Award

Springfield, MO (May 25, 2016) – Date Lady’s Date Syrup has placed as a finalist for Outstanding Dessert Sauce or Topping, Syrup in the Specialty Food Association’s 2016 sofi™ Award competition.

A sofi is the top honor in the $120.5 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.

Date Lady was one of 100 Finalists and 28 Winners selected by a national panel of specialty food experts from more than 3,200 entries across 28 Awards categories including Outstanding Chocolate, Cheese, and Savory Snack. Every eligible entry is carefully assessed by passionate and knowledgeable food professionals including chefs, culinary experts, academics, food writers, and category buyers.

“We are beyond ecstatic!” says Colleen Sundlie, founder of Date Lady. “I’ve hoped since the inception of our company that Date Syrup would garner attention from professionals in the food industry. We actually started the company based on this product so it was something we really believed the masses would love too.” 

“A sofi means a product, and the people behind it, have arrived,” says Laura Santella-Saccone, chief marketing officer for the Specialty Food Association. “This year’s finalists represent a devotion to excellence and innovation in specialty food that continues to fuel our industry.”

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 3,200 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 2016 sofi Awards at specialtyfood.com/sofi.

Date Lady products include non-GMO organic Date Syrup and Caramel Sauce in 12-ounce jars, Chocolate Spread in 10.2-ounce jars, Date Balsamic Vinegar in 7-ounce bottles, and whole Organic Dates and Date Sugar in resealable pouches. Date Lady products are all certified Organic and Kosher. The suggested retail ranges from $7.99 to $9.99.  More information is available online at www.ILoveDateLady.com or by calling (417) 414-2282.

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About Date Lady:

Date Lady™, headquartered in Springfield, Mo., is a supplier of organic, non-GMO and kosher dates, date syrup, and a variety of date syrup-based products with a mission to make home cooks aware of the delicious possibilities of this nutritious ancient fruit and its honey-like syrup. All products are USDA Organic and Kosher certified.  Products are available at Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Mom’s Organic Market, and www.Amazon.com, as well as at www.ILoveDateLady.com and other specialty stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.  More information is available online at www.ILoveDateLady.com and facebook.com/datesyruprocks, instagram.com/thedatelady, twitter.com/datesyruprocks, or by calling (417) 414-2282.