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The NASFT Presents the 2006 Product Awards Finalists—Part 1


The initial round of Part 1 of the 34th annual Product Awards Competition took place last week at the NASFT offices in New York City. Seven specialty food retailers—Jamie Brent, Wild Oats Market, Boulder, CO; Ken Blanchette, Fresh Direct, Long Island City, NY; Maren Ammerman, West Point Market, Akron, OH; Sam Mogannam, Bi-Rite Market, San Francisco; Emilio Mignucci, Di Bruno Bros., Philadelphia; and Chuck and Pam Richards, Reid's Fine Foods, Charlotte, NC—analyzed and/or tasted 2,800 specialty food items from more than1,342 total entries in 19 categories.


Part 2 will consist of the 20th Product Awards category—Outstanding New Product 2006. Entries will be accepted from June 8 -14. NASFT members will be able to submit new products (introduced to the market since July 15, 2005) and Finalists will be chosen in
June. Participation packets will be mailed to all NASFT members by May 1. If you don’t receive your packet by then, call the Product Awards Hotline at 800-627-3869, ext. 305.


And the Finalists of Part 1 of the Product Awards Competition are…



Outstanding Product Line

Bella Cucina Artful Food: Bella Cucina Artful Food
The Cheese Works, Ltd.: Ortiz Tuna and Anchovies

Christopher Brooks Distinctive Foods: The Fine Cheese Co. Cheese Accompaniments
Ciao Bella Gelato Company: Ciao Bella Gelato & Sorbet
Cyprus Grove Chevre: Cyprus Grove Chevre
Rogue Creamery: Rogue Creamery


Outstanding Best Seller 2005

Adina For Life: Cali-Kiss
Chocolove: Chocolove Toffee and Almonds in Milk Chocolate
Frontera Foods, Inc.: Frontera Chipotle Black Bean Chili
Good Wives, Inc.: Blue Cheese & Pear Fillo Star

Vosges Haut-Chocolat: Barcelona Candy Bar


Outstanding Classic

Cabot Creamery: Cabot Vintage Choice Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Guittard Chocolate Company: Guittard Semisweet Chocolate Chips
John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks: Original Cheddar CheeseSticks
Sarabeth's Kitchen: Sarabeth's Plum Cherry Legendary Spreadable Fruit
Vermont Butter & Cheese Company: Vermont Butter & Cheese Company Vermont
Crème Fraîche


Outstanding Packaging or Design

Bella Cucina Artful Food: Pane Rustico
Ineeka Inc.: Tréleela Hibiscus Ginger Orange/Captivation
SaltWorks, Inc.: Artisan Salt Company Alaea Coarse Hawaiian Sea Salt
The Rogers Collection: Saporina Malpighi Balsamic Jelly


Outstanding Baked Good, Bread, Grain or Cereal

ALEXIA Foods: ALEXIA Garlic Baguette
Gagné Foods: Michael Gagne's Robinhood Free Meetinghouse Cream Cheese

Olivia's Crouton Co., Inc.: Parmesan Pepper Crouton
The King's Cupboard: Rich and Dreamy Molten Chocolate Cake Mix


Outstanding Beverage

Crystal Food Imports Corporation: Organic Grape Juice
Dufflet Small Indulgences: Luxury Hot Chocolate

Ineeka Inc.: Tréleela Spearmint Lavender/Charm
Schokinag Chocolate: Extreme Dark Drinking Chocolate


Outstanding Cheese or Dairy Product

Cabot Creamery: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar

Coach Farm: Triple Cream Goat Cheese
Crystal Food Import Corporation: Ciabot
Rogue Creamery: Smokey Blue
The Cheese Works, Ltd.: Rocchetta


Outstanding Confection

Béquet Confections: Béquet Gourmet Celtic Sea Salt Caramels
Dufflet Small Indulgences: Crunchy Caramel Coated Pistachios Enrobed in Pure Milk Chocolate

Fusion Gourmet, Inc.: Bali's Best Coffee Candies - Coffee Flavor
Miguel & Valentino: Rabitos Royale Bombón de Bigo Fig Bonbon


Outstanding Cookie or Cracker

Alice's Stick Cookies: Alice's Stick Cookies
Di Camillo Bakery: Chocolate Covered Chocolate Biscotti DiPrato
Elki Corporation: Elki Spring Onion Crackers
Mary's Gone Crackers: Mary's Gone Crackers – Original
Tate's Bake Shop: Chocolate Chip Cookies


Outstanding Dessert

Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts Inc.: Bubbies Premium Strawberry & Dark Chocolate Chip Mochi Ice Cream
Ciao Bella Gelato Company: Blood Orange Sorbet
Power-Selles Imports: Matiz Torta De Aceite (Olive Oil Crisp Bread Sugared with
The Great San Saba River Pecan Company: Pecan Pie In-A-Jar


Outstanding Food Gift

Bella Cucina Artful Food: Artichoke Baking Dish Gift
Béquet Confections: Béquet Gourmet Soft Caramels 8-ounce Gift Box
Grapevine Trading Co., Inc.: Travel Spice Kit
Mighty Leaf Tea Company: Mini Loose Tea Collection


Outstanding Foodservice Product

Ciao Bella Gelato Company: Triple Espresso
Culver Duck Farms, Inc.: Cajun Duck Breast Fillet
Good Wives, Inc.: Spanakopita
Nielsen-Massey Vanillas: Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Paste
Schokinag Chocolate: Extreme Dark Drinking Chocolate - 5-Kilo Tub


Outstanding Jam, Preserve, Spread or Sweet Topping

Di Camillo Bakery: Peaches Niagara
Harvest Song Ventures, LLC: Harvest Song Artisanal Preserve Apricot
Koeze Company: Cream-Nut Natural Peanut Butter
The King's Cupboard: Triple Chocolate Frosting dba Pacifica Culinaria: Pacifica Culinaria Black Currant Agave Syrup


Outstanding Meat, Pâté or Seafood

D'Artagnan: Duck Confit
Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats: Applewood Smoked Bacon

Power-Selles Imports: Arroyabe Bonito Tuna
Sid Wainer & Son Specialty Produce and Specialty Foods: White Anchovies

The Cheese Works, Ltd.: La Querica Proscuitto Americano


Outstanding Non-Food Specialty Item

Adagio Teas: ingenuiTEA Teapot
Niman Ranch, Inc.: Niman Ranch Cookbook
Source Atlantique, Inc.: If You Care 100% Recycled Aluminum Foil


Outstanding Oil, Vinegar or Salad Dressing

Argo Century Inc.: Tonton Ginger Dressing

B.R. Cohn Olive Oil Company: Picholine California Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Elena's: Elena's Insalata della Casa House Salad Dressing

La Tourangelle, Inc.: Roasted Walnut Oil


Outstanding Pasta, Rice, Bean or Soup

Comida Loca, Inc.: Green Chile Chicken Soup
Elena's: Mediterranean Stew

Nuovo Pasta Productions Ltd.: Crab & Lobster Striped Ravioli Classico 

Prima Pasta, Inc.: Prima Whole Wheat Linguine
Source Atlantique, Inc.: De La Estancia Polenta


Outstanding Savory Condiment, Pasta Sauce, Salsa, Cooking Enhancer or Spice

Chelsea Market Baskets: Anglesey Smoked Sea Salt

Desert Pepper Trading Company: Corn, Black Bean, Roasted Red Pepper Salsa
Doral International: La Favorita Sugo Rosso al Tartufo (Truffled Red Sauce)
Dulcet Cuisine: Dulcet Moroccan Cooking Spice & Rub
K.L. Keller Imports: Sal Marina aux Deux Piments
Restaurant Lulu Gourmet Products: Lulu Garlic Aioli


Outstanding Snack Food or Hors d'Oeuvres

D'Artagnan: French Kisses
Garden Fresh Gourmet Salsa Company: Garden Fresh Gourmet Zesty Guacamole
Kettle Foods: Kettle Brand Bakes Aged White Cheddar Potato Chips
Lärabar: Lärabar Lemon Bar

Peaceworks, LLC: Kind Fruit + Nut Delight Bar