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Elkmont, AL, United States, 2012/05/23 - The Oscars of the food world, the SOFI awards from NASFT, have been announced and Belle Chevre's Fig Breakfast Cheese has been chosen as a finalist. This soft, creamy artisan goat cheese, available in retail nationwide, is swirled with fig preserves.
Belle Chevre has been named a Silver Finalist for Outstanding Cheese or Dairy Product in the 2012 sofi™ Awards from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. A sofi Award is the top honor in the $75 billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.
Belle Chevre’s Fig Breakfast Cheese was one of 110 Silver Finalists selected by a national panel of specialty food experts. The judges evaluated 1,935 entries across 30 Awards categories from Outstanding Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa and Dip to Outstanding Vinegar. Gold Winners will be announced by noted chef José Andrés at a red-carpet ceremony June 18, 2012, at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C.
“We are so excited to have a product competing at the top level in the industry,” said Tasia Malakasis. “Our breakfast cheeses are singular in the industry and we’ve had an incredible response from customers, retailers and journalists.”
The sofi Awards are open to members of the NASFT (nasft.org), a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs with more than 2,900 members throughout the U.S. and abroad. For more information on the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, go to specialtyfood.com. Learn more about the 2012 sofi Awards at foodspring.com/sofiawards.
“This year’s contest was the most competitive yet,” says NASFT President Ann Daw. “The foods and beverages that made it to the finals are proof that the spirit of innovation and creativity is thriving in the specialty food industry.”
NASFT Media Contacts:
Ron Tanner, VP Communications & Education; 646-878-0115, rtanner[.]nasft.org/.