Ted Allen of Chopped to Announce Winners at Summer Fancy Food Show

Bridgeport, CT (May 1, 2015) – Tea·rrific! Ice Cream’s® Chamomile flavor has made the finalist list in the Ice Cream, Gelato, Frozen Treats category in the Specialty Food Association’s 2015 sofi™ Award competition.

A sofi is the top honor in the $109 billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation and represents the best of the best from members of the Specialty Food Association.

The Company’s Chamomile ice cream was one of 125 Finalists selected by a national panel of specialty food experts from 2,715 entries across 32 Awards categories including Outstanding Chocolate, Cheese, and Savory Snack. Winners will be announced June 29, 2015, by Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s Chopped, at a red-carpet ceremony at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

“We are deeply honored and excited that our Chamomile flavor was selected as a sofi Award finalist among many of the great entries which were included in this category,” said Mario Leite, President & Founder. “It feels great to have all the passion and hard work we put into crafting our ice cream and the unique flavor concepts we develop recognized by such a distinguished panel of judges. Being selected as a finalist for such a prestigious award already feels like an accomplishment. Winning would be icing on the cake…or should I say ice cream on the cake!

“A sofi means a product, and the people behind it, have arrived,” says Ann Daw, president of the Specialty Food Association. This year’s finalists represent a devotion to excellence and innovation in specialty food that continues to fuel our industry,” says Specialty Food Association President Ann Daw.

The sofi Awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs with more than 3,000 members in the U.S. and abroad. For more information on the association and its Fancy Food Shows, go to specialtyfood.com. Learn more about the 2014 sofi Awards at specialtyfood.com/sofi.


Tea·rrific! Ice Cream Contact: Mario Leite, President & Founder, 203-354-9805, mleite@tearrificicecream.com

Specialty Food Association Media Contacts: Louise Kramer, Public Relations Director; 646-878-0130, lkramer@specialtyfood.com


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