Around the country and the world, hundreds of Specialty Food Association members crossed their fingers, hoping to see and hear their product announced for a coveted 2018 sofi™ (specialty outstanding food innovation) Award.

The Specialty Food Association (SFA) has been presenting sofi Awards since 1972, celebrating culinary excellence and creativity worldwide through recognizing the outstanding work of its members. The 2018 winners include a wide range of culinary delicacies, from mouthwatering sauces to delectable desserts to savory snacks. Winners were chosen from more than 2,650 entries in a blind tasting by a national panel of culinary experts. 

In all, the 2018 sofi Awards honor 156 winners with Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Best New Product recognition in 39 categories. 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 of the Specialty Food Association. Kafarakis 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 participated in a series of blind tastings to select the sofi winners. In all, 58 judges from across the food industry spectrum, including chefs, culinary instructors, recipe developers, food journalists, and specialty food buyers participated in the selection process. For the list of judges, click here

The sofi Award Product of the Year, given to the product that received the highest cumulative score, 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.

Registration for the Fancy Food Show is at The show is a trade-only event. Journalists who cover the specialty food industry may apply for press credentials. Click here to apply.