Specialty Food Magazine

Winter 2020

Specialty Food Magazine is the leading publication for retailers, manufacturers and foodservice professionals in the specialty food trade. It provides news, trends and business-building insights that help readers keep their businesses competitive.

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sofi Awards Program Operations Move to Rutgers University The SFA has partnered with Rutgers University Food Innovation Center to outsource the operational aspects of the sofi Awards program. In addition, the SFA has worked with Rutgers to define and standardize the specialty food categories used for the sofi Awards, the SFA admissions process, the specialtyfood.com Product Marketplace, and the Fancy Food Show Directories. The process for entering and applying for the sofi Awards will remain the same; only the shipping address for product entries will change to Rutgers' address in Bridgeton, N.J. The judging will also function the same way but will take place in Bridgeton at Rutgers' 35,000-square-foot facility. Entries for the 2020 sofi Awards will be accepted beginning February 3, 2020. Approximately 60 seasoned food professionals will serve as judges, including chefs, culinary instructors, recipe developers, food journalists, and specialty food buyers who are experts in specific categories such as cheese, oil, chocolate, coffee, and so on. The judges work independently in blind- tasting sessions to evaluate each product based on taste, ingredient quality and, in the case of new products, innovation. Every judge will give the product a score of 1 to 5 for each criterium, and the scores will be averaged for a final score between 1.00 and 5.00 points. "SFA is excited about the opportunity to do the sofi Awards judging at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center," says Ron Tanner, vice president, education, government, and industry relations. "SFA will continue to manage the judging process while Rutgers will bring its food knowledge and professionalism to the handling and presentation of the products." For more information, go to specialtyfood.com/awards/sofi SPECIALTY FOOD SPECIALTYFOOD.COM ASSOCIATION NEWS

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