Cundy's Harbor, ME – July, 2013 – Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. has won the 2013 sofi™ Award for Outstanding Frozen Savory for its Old Port Lobster Flatbread from the Specialty Food Association. A sofi™ is the top honor in the $86 billion specialty food industry, "sofi" stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation. This is the 10th sofi™ Gold Award that the company has won for its lobster specialties.
The Old Port Lobster Flatbread was one of 125 finalists selected by a national panel of specialty food professionals from a record-setting 2573 entries across 32 award categories. Winners were announced July 1, 2013 by internationally-acclaimed Chef Marcus Samuelsson at a red carpet ceremony at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.
"We are delighted and honored to win and we appreciate getting the recognition for our great gourmet products", said the company's founder and president, Cal Hancock. "We were told by many at the show that this was the best thing they tasted."
The Old Port Lobster Flatbread is made with big chunks of Maine lobster, artichokes, parsley, and lemon herb butter, topped with Romano cheese on a flavorful oval flatbread. "There is a whole lobster in each flatbread and we really do focus on quality," said Hancock. "As we like to say 'Welcome to Maine…the way food should be.'" Judges consider quality, taste, innovativeness, ingredients, merchandisability, and best in class when determining finalists. The specialty food industry each year turns to the results of this competition to discover emerging trends, as well as the highest-quality, most innovative products.
"Winning a gold sofi™ Award has always meant getting greater recognition in the gourmet food world and in the media", said Hancock. "It has helped us grow our business and helps us continue making great gourmet products for all of our customers." Hancock Gourmet has been nominated for the awards numerous times in its 13-year history, taking home Gold Awards for Pemaquid Point Lobster Pot Pies (2003); Cundy's Harbor Lobster Stew (2007), Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese (2008 and 2010), Spruce Head Smoked Scallop Lobster Bisque (2008), Linekin Bay Lobster Corn Chowder (2010), York Harbor Lobster Risotto on the Half Shell (2011), Orr's Island Oyster Stew (2011), The company won Best Product Line in 2011 and was previously a finalist for its Nubble Light Lobster Wellington (2005) and for Best Product Line (2008).
About Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company
Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company was founded in 2000, and is located in Cundy's Harbor and Topsham, Maine. The company creates gourmet Maine lobster and seafood products that are all-natural, contain no preservatives and are made from the finest ingredients. Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company has received many prestigious awards and has been featured in several national magazines, newspapers, blogs and food TV shows. Products can be found at fine food markets, in catalogs nationwide, or directly though the company. For more information, please visit HancockGourmetLobster.com.