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October 21, 2009

The pre Kosherfest award winners have been announced in KOSHER TODAY (Oct. 19)

SPECIAL PRE-KOSHERFEST EDITION: Exclusive List of Winners of the New Products Competition

New Kosher Product Winners in Class of Their Own, Judges Assert; Asian Noodles Best New Product in Show
New York…The brand is called Luck Chen (a takeoff of the Yiddish term lugshen, which means noodles) and its 5 different flavors of Asian noodles were deemed the best new product of Kosherfest 2009 by a distinguished panel of judges who evaluated several hundred entries at the Marriot Glenpointe in Teaneck NJ on October 15th. The consensus of the judges was that this year’s entries were innovative, different and great additions to the kosher food shelf. Many of the winners were enhanced versions of existing products, frequently taking ordinary terms into the gourmet category. The winners will be formally recognized at opening ceremonies for Kosherfest 2009, which takes place at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus NJ on October 27th & 28th.

The team of judges that gathered to select the winners included Yakov Yarmove of SuperValu, Joe Plueger of DPI, Jacob Rusinov of Shoprite, Jeff Nathan of Abigael’s, and Marty Stein of Tree of Life.

The new kosher food product entries were judged on the basis of such criteria as their newness, quality, taste, salability and retail price point. The winners are:

* Best In Show – Luck Chen Asian Noodles in 5 flavors(NYC, NY)
* Best Baked Good, Bread, Grain or Cereal – Sarah’s Tent Potato Borekas (Deal, NJ)
* Best Beverage – True Toniq DBA Brain Toniq, Brain Toniq (Longmont, CO)
* Best Cheese or Dairy – Get Healthy America Lasagna Florentine (Plainview, NY)
* Best Dessert, Candy, Cookie or Cracker – Illinois Nut & Candy Smooth & Crunchy Peanut Butter Bark (Skokie, IL)
* Best Food Service Product – Custom Candy Concepts, Inc, Picture Cookies (Ellijay, GA)
* Best Packaging/Design – True Toniq DBA Brain Toniq, 4-pack Brain Toniq (Longmont, CO)
* Best Kosher Organic – Quality Frozen Foods Organic Batter Blaster (Brooklyn, NY)
* Best Snack Food – Osem USA, Inc. Bamba Peanut Snack w/ Hazelnut Cream Filling (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)
* Best Fine Food from Israel – Blue & White Foods LLC Falafel with Tehina Filling (Long Island City, NY)
* Best Giftware/Novelty – Kosherkeepers® by Plastic Packaging Corp Food Kosherkeepers® Food Storage Containers (W. Springfield, MA)
* Best Jam, Preserve or Spread – Oxygen Imports Mixed Berry Blast (Rahway, NJ)
* Best Meat, Poultry or Seafood – Kosher Valley Chicken Breast Cutlets (Plainville, NY)
* Best Wine, Beer or Spirit – The Natural Group/Kedem Elvi Sintonia Sangria (Bayonne, NJ)
* Best Savory Condiment, Spice, Sauce, Oil, Vinegar or Dressing – Streit’s Matzos Asian Mel’s Gourmet sauce Line (NYC, NY)
* Best Passover Product – Zelda’s Sweet Shoppe Zelda’s Orange Chiffon Cake (Chicago, IL)
* Best Health & Wellness – Green Rabbit, LLC MIMICCREME Coffee Creamer (Albany, NY)
* Best Pasta, Rice, Bean or Soup – Luck Chen Asian Noodles (5 flavors) (NYC, NY)

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