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Meet the Prize-Winning Innovators in the 2017 sofi New Product Category

By Robin Mather

International flavors and new twists on old favorites characterize the 2017 sofi award winners for new products at the Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Foods Show. Several products which won for new product also won top honors in their categories. This is a new category for the sofi awards.

Here are the winners in each category.

Baked good: Sharp Cheddar Biscuits, by Callie’s Charleston Biscuits LLC of North Charleston, South Carolina. 843.577.1198

Baking mix or ingredient: Gluten-free Crust Mix by renowned chef Thomas Keller’s Cup4Cup of Napa, California. 707.754.4263

Barbecue sauce: Dr. Foo’s Kitchen Bali BBQ Sauce by Fischer & Weiser Specialty Foods, Fredericksburg, Texas. 830.997.7194

Cow’s milk cheese: St. Albans Cheese, by Vermont Creamery, Websterville, Vermont. 802.479.9371

Non-cow milk cheese: Daphne’s Creamery Chèvre by Zoe’s Meats, Santa Rosa, California. 707.545.9637

Chocolate candy: Almond Gold Bar by Fran’s Chocolates LTD, Seattle, Washington 206.322.0233

Chocolate, dark: Cheeky Cheeky Churro Chocolate by Chuao Chocolatier, Carlsbad, California. 740.476.0197

Chocolate, milk and white: Moka Fleck Chocolate by Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington, Vermont. 802.864.1808

Cold beverage drink and cocktail mix: Top Note Indian Tonic Water by La Pavia Beverages Inc, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 414.208.9677

Cold beverage RTD: Gazpacho with Mediterranean Seawater by Seawater Food & Beverage Inc, Dallas, Texas 214.537.5070

Condiment: Tomato Nduja by City Saucery, Brooklyn, New York 718.753.4006

Confection: Strawberry Mango Gummy Pandas by Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier, Saint Louis, Missouri. 314.615.2438

Cookie: Chocolate Chip Tiny Cookies by Tate’s Bake Shop, Southampton, New York. 631.780.6511

Cooking sauce or marinade: Cambodian Coconut Peanut Sauce by Wozz! Kitchen Creations, Bethlehem, New Hampshire. The sauce also won gold in this category. 603.915.3528

Cracker: Sourdough Crispbread Pink Peppercorn by Peter’s Yard Limited, Gerrards Cross, Bucks UK, (44)796.768.7717.

Dairy yogurt or dairy alternative: Organic Greek Strained Yogurt by Kourellas Dairy, New York, New York. 646.684.9131

Dessert sauce or topping: Bourbon Barrel Aged Hard Cider Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce by Fat Toad Farm, Brookfield, Vermont. 802.279.3893

Gluten-free: Gluten-Free Korean Hot Sauce by K-Mama Sauce LLC, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 612.460.5156

Granola: Artisan Grains Chocolate, Coconut and Almond by Don’s Food Products, Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. 484.991/1011

Honey: Propolis Hazelnut Cocoa Raw Honey by SBS Americas Inc, Valley Cottage, New York. 516.263.3490

Hot beverage: Oregon Mint and Tulsi Tea by The Tao of Tea, Portland, Oregon 503.736.0198

Ice cream, gelato or frozen treat: Passion Fruit Guava Sorbet by Cable Car Delights, Inc., Berkeley, California. 510.849.0143

Jam or preserve: Spiced Raisin Marmalata by Le Bon Magot, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The product also won gold in this category. 609.477.2847

Meat, poultry or charcuterie: Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst by Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats, Wittenberg, Wisconsin. 715.253.4000.

Nut or seed butter: Nocciolata Dairy-Free Organic Hazelnut and Cocoa Spread by Rigoni Di Asiago USA, Miami, Florida. 305.470.7583.

Nut or other oil: Jalapeño Lime Infused Oil by Extravagonzo Gourmet Foods LLC, Boise, Idaho. 208.639.2926

Olive oil: Olives and Mandarines Condiment by Azienda Agricola Coppini Arte Olearia srl, San Secondo Parmense, Italy. 00390521877621

Pasta, rice or grain: Rustichella d’Abruzzo Pasta Integrale di Farro Couscous by Manicaretti Italian Food Imports, Oakland, California. 510.740.2020

Pasta sauce: Alfredo of Rome, the Only Original Alfredo Sauce by Jersey Italian Gravy, Oakland, New Jersey. 201.620.2111

Pickle or preserved vegetable: Bread n’ Butter Pickles by McClure’s Pickles, LLC, Detroit, Michigan. 248.837.9323.

Salad dressing: Aunt Dottie’s Salad Dressing Pumpkin Seed Vinaigrette by JGF Enterprises, Okatie, South Carolina. The product also won gold in this category. 843.645.9050

Salsa or dip: White Bean Dip by Maya Kaimal Fine Foods, Rhinebeck, New York. 845.876.8200.

Savory snack: Cilantro Lime Chickpea Chips, also by Maya Kaimal Fine Foods, Rhinebeck, New York. 845.876.8200

Seasoning or spice: Slow Cooker Sichuan Blend by The Zen of Slow Cooking, Lake Forest, Illinois. 847.340.8414

Sweet snack: Organic Coconut with Cranberries, Cashews, Almonds and Chia Seeds by Creative Snacks Co., Greensboro, North Carolina. 336.668.4151

Vegan product: Sea Salt Chocolate Covered Cocomel Bites by Cocomels by JJ’s Sweets, Boulder, Colorado. 303.800.6492

Vinegar: Strawberry White Balsamic Vinegar by Olivelle, Bozeman, Montana. 406.587.4246

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