The winners of the 41st sofi Awards for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year were announced at the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

The awards, from the Specialty Food Association, were presented at a red-carpet ceremony hosted by internationally-acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson. A sofi is the highest honor in the $86 billion specialty food industry. The awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association (formerly NASFT), a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.

This year’s contest was the largest in its 41-year history, with specialty food makers submitting 2,573 products across all 32 awards categories.

The 2013 sofi Winners are:

Appetizer Antipasto, Salsa or Dip - Gourmet du Village - Hot Parmesan & Artichoke Dip Mix
Baked Good, Baking Ingredient or Cereal - Fromagerie Belle Chevre - Goat Cheese Cheesecake
Cheese or Dairy Product (TIE) - Caves of Faribault - Jeffs' Select; Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. - Toma

Chocolate - Chocolat Moderne  - Avant-Garde Bar Blood Orange Bergamot Flavor  

Classic - Cypress Grove Chevre, Inc. - Humboldt Fog

Cold Beverage (TIE) - Brands of Britain - Fever-Tree Premium Sparkling Lemon; Canada Enterprises - Jin-Ja

 Condiment - The Virginia Chutney Company - Spicy Plum Chutney

Confection - The Sticky Toffee Pudding Company - Chocolate Tiffin with Biscuits, Roasted Almonds & Cherries

Cookie - Tate's Bake Shop - Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip

Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer - Korean Delights - We Rub You - Spicy Korean BBQ Marinade

Cracker - Lesley Stowe Fine Foods   Salty Date and Almond Raincoast Crisps

Dessert or Dessert Topping - McConnell's Fine Ice Creams - Double Peanut Butter Chip

Diet and Lifestyle Product - Fromagerie Belle Chevre - Belle & The Bees Breakfast Cheese

Food Gift  - Bee Raw - Manhattan Rooftop Honey Flight

Frozen Savory - Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. - Old Port Lobster Flatbread

Hot Beverage - Bhakti Chai - Bhakti Chai

Innovation in Packaging Design or Function - HoneyPax - HoneyPax Raw Tupelo Honey Packets

Jam, Preserve, Honey or Nut Butter - Wildly Delicious Fine Foods - Beet & Red Onion Marmalade

Meat, Pâté or Seafood - Creminelli Fine Meats - Campania Handcrafted Italian Salami

New Product  (TIE) - Artisan Biscuits Ltd. - The Fine Cheese Co. Pearls of Pure Goats’ Cheese; Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. - Point Reyes Bay Blue 

Non-Food Specialty Item - EcoTensil Inc. - EcoTaster Mini

Oil  - Los Chileros - Stöger Cherry Seed Oil

Pasta Sauce - Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods - Ritrovo Selections Casina Rossa Due Formaggi

Pasta, Rice or Grain - Luquire Family Foods - Carolina Creole Stone Ground Grits

Perishable Foodservice Product - Sukhi's Gourmet Indian Foods - Pakora & Aloo Tikki Indian Bites Platter

Product Line - Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams - Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Salad Dressing - NaGo Foods - Ginger Sesame Miso Dressing

Shelf-Stable Foodservice Product - Effie's Homemade - Single Serve Oatcakes

Snack Food - POP! Gourmet Popcorn - Rogue Blue Gourmet Popcorn

Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili - Sarabeth's Kitchen - Legendary Velvety Cream of Tomato Soup

USDA-Certified Organic Product - Pro Ecuador - RUNA Hibiscus - Berry Guayusa Tea

Vinegar - Italian Harvest, Inc. - Sopraffino 12 Year Aged Wine Vinegar

“The sofi awards honor innovation and excellence. With a record number of entries this year, the products that emerged as winners truly represent the best examples of the passion, creativity and care specialty food makers are bringing to their craft,” says Specialty Food Association President Ann Daw.

This spring, a national panel of specialty food professionals convened over eight days to taste and evaluate all entries and select 125 finalists. To determine the winners, more than 150 buyers at the Summer Fancy Food Show sampled the finalist products and cast votes for their favorite in each category. The results were tabulated by an outside accounting firm this afternoon.

The Summer Fancy Food show is the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty food in North America. The show ends July 2.