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Le Hammeau Named 2012 sofi™ Silver Finalists

Bellocq Tea Named Silver Finalist for the 2012 sofi™ Award!

Tea No. 12, Le Hammeau has been named a Silver Finalist in the 2012 sofi™ Awards from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. The sofi Awards are the top honor in the $75 billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.

  

Le Hammeau was selected as a Silver Finalist in the Diet and Lifestyle Category by a national panel of specialty food experts. The judges evaluated 1,935 entries across 30 Awards categories. The Gold Winners will be announced by noted chef José Andrés at a red-carpet ceremony June 18, 2012, at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C.

“We are thrilled the quality and sophistication of Le Hammeau was recognized by this knowledgable panel of judges. Bellocq teas are truely a wonderful addition to a healthy lifestyle” says Michael Shannon, from Bellocq. Bellocq's teas are sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Lane Crawford, Louis, H.P. Deco and finer stockists throughout the US, Canada, Great Britain and Japan. Bellocq teas are also available online at www.Bellocq.com .

The sofi Awards are open to members of the NASFT, a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs with more than 2,900 members throughout the U.S. and abroad. For more information on the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, go to www.specialtyfood.com. Learn more about the 2012 sofi Awards at foodspring.com/sofiawards

“This year’s contest was the most competitive yet,” says NASFT President Ann Daw. “The foods and beverages that made it to the finals are proof that the spirit of innovation and creativity is thriving in the specialty food industry.”


NASFT Media Contacts:

Ron Tanner, VP Communications & Education; 646-878-0115, rtanner@nasft.org

Louise Kramer, Communications Director; 646-878-0130, lkramer@nasft.org