The time has come for Specialty Food Association (SFA) to announce the 2018 sofi™ (specialty outstanding food innovation) Award winners! Celebrating culinary excellence and creativity worldwide since 1972, the sofi Awards recognizes the outstanding work of our industry members, and this year was no exception. With over 2,650 product entries, this year’s winners did not disappoint.
In all, the 2018 sofi Awards honored 156 winners with Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Best New Product recognition in 39 categories spanning a wide range of culinary delicacies, from mouthwatering sauces to delectable desserts to savory snacks. For a full list of winners, click here.
“For 46 years, the SFA has offered sofi Awards to showcase the best of the best within the specialty food industry,” said Phil Kafarakis, President, who was joined by sofi award judges to help announce this year’s awards via video. “Our 2018 winners possess the passion for innovation and great-tasting food that fuels our industry. Today’s consumers are clamoring for new and exciting foods across every channel, from retail to foodservice. The sofi winners are at the forefront of that growth and rising excitement for specialty food products.”
Over 12 days in March 2018, a diverse panel of expert judges, which included 58 representatives from across the food industry including chefs, culinary instructors, recipe developers, food journalists, and specialty food buyers, participated in a series of blind tastings to select the sofi winners.
And stay tuned to find out who won the sofi Award Product of the Year, which is given to the product that received the highest cumulative score and will be announced during the Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show. Held at the Javits Center in New York, June 30-July 2, the show is the largest marketplace for specialty food and beverages in North America, featuring 200,000 products from around the world.
Congratulations to this year’s winners! For more of the latest in deli, dairy, and bakery, stick with us at Deli Market News.