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Winning Dairy: 2015 sofi Awards


From Pride-filled streets to the Fancy Food Show, if you were in New York this weekend, you were winning.

But it wasn’t just participants and attendees that got to celebrate—there were some actual awards handed out, too! At the Fancy Food Show, the largest specialty food trade event in North America, the sofi awards were announced. “sofi” stands for specialty outstanding food innovation, representing “the best of the best in specialty food and beverages.”

(Left to right) Vermont Creamery General Manager, Adeline Duart, and co-founders Bob Reese and Allison Hooper celebrate their sofi win.

(Left to right) Vermont Creamery General Manager, Adeline Duart, and co-founders Bob Reese and Allison Hooper celebrate their sofi win.

Products are judged on Quality, Innovation, Ingredient Profile, Packaging, and Pricing. This year winners were selected from over 2,700 entries across 32 awards categories, but we here at culture are celebrating the big wins for dairy in particular:

Cheese: Bay Blue by Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

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Classic: Cultured Butter and Sea Salt Basket by Vermont Creamery

Photo Credit: Vermont Creamery

Photo Credit: Vermont Creamery

Confection: Goat Milk Chai Caramels and New Product: Rhubarb Goat Milk Caramels by Big Picture Farm

Photo Credit: Big Picture Farm

Photo Credit: Big Picture Farm

Dairy or Dairy Alternative: Blackberry Sheep Milk Yogurt by Bellwether Farms

Photo Credit: Bellwether Farms

Photo Credit: Bellwether Farms

Product Line: Goat’s Milk Caramel by Fat Toad Farm

Photo Credit: Fat Toad Farm

Photo Credit: Fat Toad Farm

Dessert Sauces, Toppings, Syrup: Salted Caramel Sauce by Coop’s Microcreamery

Keep the party going! Go out and eat the winners! (Not the winners themselves of course—the products, the products…)

Feature photo Credit: Specialty Food Association

Amy Fukuizumi

Amy loves few things more than writing and cheese. As a testament to these loves, she drove across the country to join culture: the word on cheese. Her goal as Social Media Manager is to make the world (digitally) feel this love (and 'Like' it a lot).