The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) announced their "Sofi Award" winners which recognize excellence in specialty foods and beverages in 32 categories. The NASFT is a "not-for-profit business trade association established in 1952 to foster trade, commerce and interest in the specialty food industry."
After narrowing down their selections from 2,191 entries the winners were announced June 30 at the 54th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. The complete list can be found here, but these are some of the items that I would especially like to take home and put into my face:
Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier's Blueberry Acai Gummy Pandas - Outstanding Confection
Callie's Charleston Cheese Biscuits - Outstanding Baked Good, Baking Ingredient or Cereal
Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company's Spruce Head Smoked Scallop Lobster Bisque - Outstanding Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili
Lettieri & Company, Ltd's Giuseppe Riccardo Balsamic Vinegar - Outstanding Vinegar
Nuovo Pasta Productions, Ltd's Roasted Portabella and Truffle Gourmet Sauce - Outstanding Pasta Sauce
Route 11 Potato Chips, Sweet Potato Chips - Outstanding Snack Food
Saaf Ginger Beverage Company LLC's Gingernize Ginger Lemonade Rush - Outstanding Cold Beverage
Stella Cadente Olive Oil Company's Basil Oil - Outstanding Oil
Stonewall Kitchen's Balsamic Fig Dressing - Outstanding Salad Dressing
The Cheese Works Ltd.'s Ortiz Conservas Boqueroned Marinated White Anchovies - Outstanding Meat, Pate, or Seafood
The Seasoned Palate Inc.'s tsp spices Sweet Basic - Outstanding Food Gift
Transatlantic Foods Inc.'s Aux Delices des Bois Black Truffle Butter - Outstanding New Product
Vermont Butter & Cheese Company, Inc. - Outstanding Product Line
Congratulations to all the winners!