Vermont Creamery earned top honors from the Specialty Food Association this week, winning five coveted sofi™ Awards, including Gold statues for Vanilla Crème Fraiche and Bonne Bouche. Sea Salt Cultured Butter won Silver, Bijou and Lightly Salted Cultured Butter took home Bronze awards.
“Recognition is respect made visible, and we are always honored to be recognized by our industry peers at the Specialty Food Association,” said Adeline Druart, president of Vermont Creamery. “These accolades affirm our commitment to excellence across our portfolio, and the dedication of our talented team of Bettermakers, who earn our gratitude every day.”
This is the first sofi award for Sea Salt Cultured Butter, Vermont Creamery’s newest cultured butter with a cult following in the dairy aisle. It’s the second sofi award for Vanilla Crème Fraîche, a ridiculously rich cultured cream laced with Madagascar vanilla and slightly sweetened.
It’s the fourth sofi award for Bonne Bouche, the beloved flagship of Vermont Creamery’s aged cheese collection, and the fourth for Bijou, a longstanding favorite among aged goats’ cheese lovers. It’s also the fourth sofi win for Lightly Salted Cultured Butter, a secret weapon amongst chefs that boasts 86% butterfat. In total, Vermont Creamery has stacked up 19 sofi awards in the past five years.
A Certified B Corp since 2014, Vermont Creamery’s award-winning products are a culmination of the brand's mission to deliver delicious dairy that tastes better because it’s made better. Their commitment to sustainability in business has earned recognition nationwide and continues to earn consumer loyalty and brand trust.
Vermont Creamery was among 148 winners selected by a panel of specialty food experts from nearly 2,000 entries across 39 product categories. Products are judged on taste, including flavor, appearance, texture and aroma, ingredient quality and innovation. All tastings are blind. This year, for the first time, sofi judging was held at the prestigious Rutgers Food Innovation Center following strict safety guidelines.
“It’s a privilege to continue the sofi Award tradition of recognizing extraordinary products and the people behind them,” says SFA interim president Bill Lynch. “Having great news to celebrate, like the sofi Awards, is revitalizing for all of us in this pandemic year. The sofi finalists represent our dynamic industry - exciting consumers and expanding retail offerings around the world.”
The sofi Awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association with specialty food industry members across the U.S. The awards have been given each year since 1972.
For the complete list of the winners, visit https://www.specialtyfood.com/