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sofi Silver Finalists: Part 1

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The 2009 sofi™ Silver Finalists were selected at the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) offices in New York City. In part one of a two part contest, a panal of expert judges chose sofi silver finalists in 31 different specialty food categories. Stay tuned for the second part of of the contest where silver finalists in the categories of Best New Product and Best Product Line of 2009 will be chosen. See below for part one results and stay tuned for detailed coverage of sofi's second round and the announcement of this year's gold winners, which will be presented at the 2009 Fancy Food Show in New York.



Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa or Dip

Argo Fine Foods

Gourmet du Village
Artichoke Dip and Asiago Dip

Bella Chi-Cha
Creamy Goat Cheese Torta with Apricots

Rick's Picks

Baked Goods, Baking Ingredient or Cereal

Dufour Pastry Kitchens
Classic All-Butter Puff Pastry Dough

Gagne Foods, Inc.
Pecan Sticky Buns 

Hafner U.S.A. Inc.
Mini Waffle Cup—Chocolate Coated 

Mari's New York
Caramel Sea Salt Brownie 

Cheese or Dairy Product

Atalanta Corporation
San Pietro Cheese in Beeswax by Perenzin 

Bellwether Farms
Strawberry Sheep Milk Yogurt

Cypress Grove Chevre
Truffle Tremor

The Cheeseworks
Caseificio Dell'Alta Langa—Blu di Langa 


Askinosie Chocolate
70% San Jose Del Tambo Dark Chocolate Bar 

Chuao Chocolatier
Firecracker ChocoPod

John Kelly Chocolates
Truffle Fudge Bites—Dark Chocolate with French Grey Sea Salt 

Poco Dolce
Double Shot Espresso Toffee Square 

The Tea Room
Green Earl Grey Dark Chocolate 



Cypress Grove Chevre
Humboldt Fog 

Sarabeth's Kitchen
Blood Orange Marmalade 

Grafton Village Cheese Co.
Classic Reserve 2 Year Aged Vermont Cheddar 

Stonewall Kitchen
Wild Maine Blueberry Jam 

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc.
Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract 


Cold Beverage

Fresh Squeezed Blood Orange Juice 

Brands of Britain
Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon 

Beverage Innovations, Inc.
Venga®Daily Dose 

Fentimans North America
Fentimans Ginger Beer 


Alili Morocco
Authentic Harissa 

Rick's Picks
Handy Corn

Au Printemps Gourmet/Brickstone        Fine Foods
Caramelized Onion and Blood Orange Confit 

Sauces 'n Love, Inc.
Sauces 'N Love Sundried Tomato Pesto


Colorado Mountain Jam
Syrah Wine Glaze 



Landrin USA, Inc
Landrin Waferatto Crème—Sweet Crème Perfection 

Caramel Crackle™—Almond & Pistachio 

Sencha Naturals—Green Tea    Inspired Foods      
SEN CHA Green Tea Mints: Morning Lyche 

Theo Chocolate
Theo Ghost Chile Caramel 


Desserts On Us
Laceys®Dark Chocolate Almond 

Sisters Gourmet
Hopscotch Cookie Mix 

Minnie Beasley's Cookie Co.
Almond Lace Gourmet Cookies

Tate's Bake Shop
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer

Appledore Cove
Seaside Barbecue Sauce 

Fire & Flavor
30 Minute Brine-Ancho Chile 

Argo Century Inc.
Tonton Teriyaki Sauce 

Urban Accents, Inc.
Mango Masala Seasoned Salt, sweet curry sea salt 

Dulcet Cuisine
Madras Curry Cooking Spice and Rub 



34 Degrees
34˚ Rosemary Crispbread 

Lesley Stowe Fine Foods Ltd.
Lesley Stowe's Raincoat Crisps Rosemary Raisin 

Lesley Stowe Fine Foods Ltd.
Lesley Stowe's Raincoat Crisps Fig and Olive 


Dessert or Dessert Topping

Bella Cucina Artful Food
Meyer Lemon Spread 

PreGel AMERICA, Inc.
Pink Grapefruit Super Sprint 

Vishnya A La Russe Crepini 

Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce
Somebody's Mother's Caramel Sauce 

Diet and Lifestyle Product

Kitchen Table Bakers
Aged Parmesan Mini Crisps

Sukhi's Gourmet Indian Foods
Sukhi's Lean Fare: Chicken Tikka Masala with Rice 

Organic Nectars
Goji Strawberry Gelato

WOW Baking Company
WOW All Natural Wheat & Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Food Gift

Mademoiselle de Margaux Cherries 

Saxon Chocolates
Molten Cake Mix Gift Set 

O Olive Oil
O Balsamic Vinegar Trio 


Frozen Savory

Callies Charleston Biscuits
Callies Charleston Cocktail Ham Biscuits 

Greenwich Spinach Crepini 

Sukhi's Gourmet Indian Foods
Sukhi's Samosa with Chutney 


Hot Beverage

Chuao Chocolatier
Abuela Hot Chocolate 

Jayone Foods, Inc.
Yuzu Citrus Tea 

Ineeka, Inc.
Himalayan Grey-Essence 


Innovation in Packaging Design or Function

Landrin USA, Inc
Landrin Waferatto Gold-Hazelnut Crème Perfection 

Vervacious Collection 

TCHO 12 Bar Gift Collection 


Jam, Preserve, Honey or Nut Butter

Crystal Food Import Corp.
Almacén Del Sur, Malbec Wine Jelly 

Purely Organic, Ltd.
Magliano Organic Rose Petal Jam 

Magnolia Honey Company
Raspberry William 


Meat, Pâté or Seafood

Creminelli Fine Meats
Tartufo Handcrafted Italian Salami with Black Truffle 

Porchetta Primata
Tronchetto Di Porchetta 

Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats
Nueske's Applewood Smoked Bacon 


Non-Food Specialty Item

Fire & Flavor
Maple Cheese Planks 

Wildly Delicious Fine Foods
Petite Maisons' Red Brie Baker 


Alili Morocco
Organic Argan Oil 

La Tourangelle
La Tourangelle Roasted Peanut Oil 

Vicopisano Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

Tesori of Sicily
Terraliva, Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva, Cherubino 

Pasta Sauce

Dave's Gourmet, Inc.
Dave's Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce 

Nuovo Pasta Productions, Ltd.
Artichoke and Olive Gourmet Sauce 

Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods
Mom's Spaghetti Sauce 


Pasta, Rice or Grain

Al Dente Pasta Company
Al Dente Land and Sea Pasta 

Lotus Foods
Jade Pearl Rice 

Bove's of Vermont
Bove's Lasagna 

Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods
Casina Rossa "Don Antonio" Pannocchie "Waves of Grain" Pasta 

Perishable Foodservice Product

Ciao Bella Gelato Company
Key Lime Graham Cracker Gelato 

Vermont Butter & Cheese Company
Vermont Cultured Butter with Sea Salt Crystals 

Koppert Cress USA
Sakura Mix 


Pet Product

Big Bark Bakery
Bare Bones—Sweet Potato Recipe 


Salad Dressing

Argo Century Inc.
Tonton Japanese Vinaigrette 

Del Sol Food Company, Inc.
Briannas Asiago Caesar Salad Dressing 

Lucini Italia Co.
Delicate Cucumber & Shallot Artisan Vinaigrette 


Shelf-Stable Foodservice Product

Food Match, Inc.
Divina Baby Artichoke Hearts in Oil 

Sid Wainer & Son Specialty Produce & Specialty Foods
Sakurachi Sa Yuzu Marmalade 

Top it Off Cherry Vanilla Va-Voom 


Snack Food

Anette's Chocolate Factory                           Triple Nut Kentucky Bourbon Brittle

Blueberry Lemon Merengue Nut Confection 

Aussie Crunch Gourmet Popcorn
All Natural Caramel Gourmet Popcorn 

Salt & pepper popchips popped potato chips 

Soup, Stew Bean or Chili

Mediterranean Stew 

Food Match, Inc.
Divina Gigandes Beans in Vinaigrette 

San Angel Mole Co.
San Angel Mole Cascabel Sauce 


USDA-Approved Organic Product

Colorado Mountain Jam
Organic Rhubarb Jam 

Organic Nectars
Pistachio Gelato 

Olivos USA, Inc
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

Theo Chocolate
Theo Jane Goodall 45% Organic + Fair Trade Milk Chocolate 


B. R.  Cohn Olive Oil Co.
California Golden Unfiltered Balsamic Vinegar 

Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods
Ritrovo Selections Aged Balsamic Vinegar 

Grapevine Trading Co.
Hibiscus Flower Vinegar 




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