Tonewood Maple Wafers Named Finalist for sofi Award

Tonewood’s Maple Wafers have been named a Finalist for Outstanding Confection in the 2013 sofi™ Awards from the Specialty Food Association. A sofi Award is the top honor in the $86 billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.

Tonewood’s Maple Wafers were one of 109 Finalists selected by a national panel of specialty food professionals from 1,885 entries across 30 Awards categories from Outstanding Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa and Dip to Outstanding Vinegar. Gold Winners will be announced by noted chef Marcus Samuelsson at a red-carpet ceremony July 1, 2013, at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

“We are thrilled that the judges thought highly of the wafers and have selected them as a finalist,” says Dori Ross, founder and owner of Tonewood. “With only one ingredient, our delicate wafers wonderfully showcase the flavor of maple and melt in your mouth. This is exciting news, and we can’t wait for the Summer Fancy Food Show!”

Tonewood is committed to celebrating maple’s natural flavor and under-realized versatility while redefining a standard for quality in maple products. Through collaboration with expert sugarmakers, it produces pure maple syrup that is single-sourced, unblended, and free of additives, as well as other specialties.

With forward-thinking sustainability practices including funding climate change research at the University of Vermont’s Proctor Maple Research Center as a 1% for the Planet member, and promoting local farming efforts and sustainable forest stewardship, Tonewood seeks to preserve maple production for future generations.

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 www.specialtyfood.comLearn more about the 2013 sofi Awards at specialtyfood.com/sofi.

“Specialty food makers bring craft, care and joy to the foods they create. To be honored with a sofi Award nomination means the product truly stands out above the rest,” says Specialty Food Association President Ann Daw.

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