6 Maine food products finalists in NASFT awards

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Products from four Maine companies were among 125 finalists (out of 1,570 entries) that have advanced to the Part 1 finals of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade’s sofi Awards—consider these the Oscars of the specialty foods industry. Even better, two were double winners.

The finalists in Part 2, Outstanding Product Line and Outstanding New Products, will be named in early June. The overall winners will be announced June 28.

Part 1 awards were presented in 31 categories, from Outstanding Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa or Dip to Outstanding Vinegar. Here are the Maine finalists, by categories. For full results, go here.

Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa or Dip

Sullivan Harbor Farm, Hancock Village: Omega Burst

Chocolate

Sweet Marguerites, Portland: 12-Piece Assorted Chocolates

Food Gift

Sweet Marguerites, Portland: 12-piece Fleur de Sel Caramels

Frozen Savory

Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co., Cundy’s Harbor: Frozen Savory, Port Clyde Mac & Cheese, and

Soup Stew Bean or Chili

Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co., Cundy’s Harbor: Linekin Bay Lobster Corn Chowder

Vinegar

Rogers International, Portland (importer/distributor): Cattani Balsamoso Organic White Balsamic