Specialty Food Association Announces 2017 sofi Award Winners
The Specialty Food Association has announced the winners of the prestigious 2017 sofi Awards.
In all, the 2017 Awards honor 154 winners of Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Best New Product awards in 39 categories. Winners were chosen from 3,000 entries in a blind tasting by a national panel of culinary experts. View full list of winners.
“This year’s sofi Award winners are the perfect representation of everything that the specialty food industry stands for,” said Phil Kafarakis, president of the Specialty Food Association, who announced this year’s winners from One World Observatory, atop One World Trade Center. “They represent a devotion to excellence and innovation that continues to fuel our industry, excite consumers, and expand retail offerings around the world.”
Over 12 days in March 2017, a diverse panel of expert judges participated in a series of blind tastings to select sofi winners. Each entry was evaluated on excellence of taste and ingredients, and scored accordingly at gold, silver, and bronze levels. New products within each category had an additional assessment for innovation. In all, 62 judges including chefs, culinary instructors, recipe developers, food journalists, and specialty food buyers participated in the selection process. Full list of judges.
“It was amazing to judge so many great tasting and innovative products,” said Sara Moulton, chef and host of "Sara's Weeknight Meals," who joined Kafarakis in the sofi Winners announcement. “As a chef, I’m always looking for new ingredients and new inspiration. These products and the entrepreneurs behind them should be applauded for their creativity and vision. They are making mealtime more exciting for everyone.”
The 2017 sofi Awards winners will be celebrated at the Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center in New York, June 25-27, 2017. The show is the largest marketplace for specialty food and beverages in North America. It will feature displays of all 2017 sofi Winners. Furthermore, the final and biggest sofi Award of 2017—sofi Product of the Year—will be unveiled at the Show. Register here.
The Specialty Food Association has been presenting sofi Awards since 1972, advancing culinary excellence and creativity worldwide through recognizing the outstanding work of its members.
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