Specialty Food Association announces sofi Awards winners

by Anna Wiber
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The sofi Awards were established in 1972.

NEW YORK — The Specialty Food Association (S.F.A.) revealed the winners of the 2018 sofi Awards on April 12. From cauliflower pretzels to white chocolate wafers, top prizes were awarded to a variety of baked foods, ingredients and snacks.

Established in 1972, the award recognizes 156 winners in 39 different categories with Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Best New Product titles

Fifty-eight judges from across the food industry — including chefs, culinary instructors, recipe developers, food journalists and specialty food buyers — participated in the selection process, which took place over the course of 12 days in March. The panel of judges participated in a series of blind tastings to select the sofi winners. 

The following products took home prizes in 2018. 

Gran Pasticceria Tortina White by Loacker USA, Inc., received a gold sofi in the Baked Goods category.

Baked Goods

Gold: Gran Pasticceria Tortina White, Loacker USA, Inc.

Silver: Pan’Agrumato Pannettone Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Wine Christmas Cake with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Manicaretti Italian Food Imports

Bronze: 5 Tartlettes Framboises Brioche, Pasquier US/Galaxy Desserts

New Product: Pan’Agrumato Pannettone Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Wine Christmas Cake with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Manicaretti Italian Food Imports

Grey Host Bakery's Molasses Spice cookies contain molasses, ginger, and vanilla


Gold: Smart Cookie - Orange Pistachio Shortbread, Mouth Foods

Silver: Molasses Spice Cookies, Grey Ghost Bakery

Bronze: Lemon Suger Snaps, Me-Oh-My Foods, Inc.

New Product: Smart Cookie - Triple Ginger Cookies, Mouth Foods

That's How We Roll, LLC, received a silver sofi for its Parm Crisps.


Gold: Kitchen Table Bakers, Parm Crisps Original, That’s How We Roll, LLC

Silver: Baked Crackers – Hummus Crunch, Firehook

Bronze: Cranberry Almond Crisps, The Maine Crisp Company, LLC

New Product: ‘Fig’ Sourdough Crispbread, Peter’s Yard Limited

Almond Butter Chunk Baked Granola by Healing Home Foods includes organic almond butter to create a buttery-tasteing granola.


Gold: Cucina Classica Organic Italian 10 Minute Farro, Atlanta Corp. 

Silver: Almond Butter Chunk Baked Granola, Healing Home Foods 

Bronze: Garden Granola, Victory Dance Foods

New Product: Coffee Crunch Granola, GrandyOats 

From the Ground Up's Cauliflower Pretzels with Sea Salt are the latest plant-based snack to hit shelves. 

Savoury Snack

Gold: From the Ground Up Cauliflower Pretzels with Sea Salt, Halen Brands

Silver: Organic Purple Sweet Potato Made with Organic Coconut Oil, Jans Enterprises Corp. 

Bronze: Jalapeño Chomperz, Seasnax

New Product: Almond Clusters Baked with Cashews, Pumpkin Seeds & Sunflower Seeds, Creative Snacks Co.
Bars made by Honey Mama's received two awards in the Sweet Snack category.

Sweet Snack

Gold: Nibs & Coffee Cacoa-Nectar Bar, Honey Mama’s 

Silver: Swell Grain Free Granola Bar, Nana Joes, LLC

Bronze: Mayan Spice Cacoa-Nectar Bar, Honey Mama’s 

New Product: Cocoa Parlor – Almond Crunch Quinoa Bar, Tonic Scene Co. 

At the S.F.A.’s Summer Fancy Food Show, held in New York, June 30-July 2, the sofi Award Product of the Year, will be given to the product that received the highest cumulative score from the judges.
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