Original Juan BBQ Sauce wins sofi Award
2017 Gold sofi™ Award Winner
3,000 Products Competed for Top Specialty Food Association Award
Kansas City, KS (April 20, 2017) - Original Juan Specialty Foods has won a Gold sofi™ Award in the category of BBQ Sauce in the Specialty Foods Association’s 2017 sofi™ awards competition.
A panel of 62 experts judged nearly 3,000 different entries and awarded 154 products with the prestigious honor of a sofi™, which stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation. Awards range from Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Best New Product in 39 categories. Judging is carried out by chefs, culinary experts, food writers, academics, and category buyers in the industry. Tastings are blind and are judged by taste, texture, aroma, ingredient quality, and originality.
Kettlewood Combustion Co. Pecanwood Smoke Bourbon and Vanilla BBQ Sauce received top honor in the barbeque category, making it the second sofi™ for a BBQ sauce produced by Original Juan.
“It is a great honor for our newest line of sauces to be awarded a sofi™, let alone a gold”, said Joe Polo, President and CEO of Original Juan. “The hard work and creative minds in the organization continue to keep us on the cutting edge of the culinary world.” “We are excited to celebrate this accomplishment in New York, at the Fancy Food Show.” About Original Juan Specialty Foods Original Juan produces 160 different products, under 13 brands in their 60,000 square foot BRC Certified facility in Kansas City, Kansas. They celebrated their 20th year in March, 2017 and look forward to growing even further. Products are sold throughout the US and more than 20 countries around the globe, including Germany, France, UAE, Sweden, UK, and Australia to name a few. Original Juan has been blessed to receive over 250 different awards through the years, including ICIC Top 100 Award, Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Businesses, and Inner City 100 Winner. Using a Micro-Batch™ process, 500 gallon maximum batch size, they are committed to producing “small batches, with big flavor”. In addition producing its own award-winning brands, Original Juan prides itself in being a one-stop-shop for co-packers and private label customers looking to take their products to market.
www.originaljuan.com About Specialty Food Association The Specialty Food Association The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, purveyors, importers, and entrepreneurs who bring craft, care and joy to the distinctive foods they sell. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for profit trade association provides its 3,000+ members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at www.specialtyfood.com
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