Silver Spring Foods Takes Grand Champion Honors at World-Wide Mustard Competition

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Silver Spring Foods, Inc.'s Deli Mustard won Grand Champion during the Napa Valley Mustard Festival. The spicy concoction beat out nearly 400 entries for the honor. It is the first time a deli mustard has won the top prize. Silver Spring won four additional awards for its Beer'n Brat, Habanero, Peppadew and Organic mustards and sauce.

They understand the subtleties of flavor and how much they contribute to traditional and gourmet dishes alike. The naming of a deli mustard as the top winner is a first for the festival and exciting for our group of mustard lovers.

Proving the old adage "when you're hot, you're hot," Silver Spring Foods, Inc. has taken top honors at this year's Napa Valley Mustard Festival, earning the Grand Champion title for its popular Silver Spring Deli Mustard. The Napa Valley Mustard Festival, Feb. 2 - March 29, brings together gourmet food and wine lovers from around the world. Silver Spring will receive the awards during a dinner at Black Stallion Winery in Napa, Calif., on March 14.

To capture the Grand Champion title, Silver Spring Deli Mustard won its category (deli/brown) and then was selected as the top product among winners from the 19 categories in the competition. Silver Spring Deli Mustard is a stone-ground blend of brown mustard with a hint of horseradish.

The spicy concoction was the favorite from nearly 400 entries and satisfied the discriminating palates of more than 80 chefs, food writers and mustard lovers to win the event's top prize. It is the first time deli mustard has won the top honor in the competition. In addition to the Grand Champion honor, Silver Spring also placed among the top three in four different categories. The award winners are:

  • Beer'n Brat®, a lively combination of mustard and fresh horseradish, took a silver medal in the Horseradish Category.
  • Habanero Mustard, a mixture of hot habanero peppers and mustard, captured a bronze medal in the Pepper Hot Category.
  • Peppadew® Mustard Sauce, made from South African sweet picante peppers, intrigued judges with its sweet and tantalizing flavor. The unique sauce won a bronze medal in the Exotic Category.
  • The Organic Deli Mustard was a palate pleaser with its stone-ground blend of organic mustard seed with a hint of select organic spices. It won a bronze medal in the Organic Category.

"We appreciate the judges' recognition of our deli mustard as something special in a competition of such high-quality and specialized products," said Silver Spring President Ed Schaefer. "The secret to our mustards and sauces is simple. It begins with the highest-quality ingredients, from the horseradish roots grown on our own farms to the mustard seed we mill ourselves. We leave nothing to chance, so we're pleased to earn this industry recognition of our personal commitment to finding the perfect combination of flavors in our mustards, horseradishes and sauces. We look forward to the opportunity to delight the judges' taste buds next year." This is the seventh straight year Silver Spring has been recognized in the competition.

"Our festival judges are true mustard connoisseurs, many of whom make their livings as chefs and food writers while others are passionate foodies," said Barry Levenson, competition coordinator and curator of the renowned Mount Horeb Mustard Museum, home of the world's largest collection of mustards and mustard memorabilia. "They understand the subtleties of flavor and how much they contribute to traditional and gourmet dishes alike. The naming of a deli mustard as the top winner is a first for the festival and exciting for our group of mustard lovers."

Established to promote the California wine country as a destination during the winter months, the Napa Valley Mustard Festival's World-Wide Mustard Competition pits the tastiest condiments in the world against one another to decipher the best. The months-long showcase of food, wine and art celebrates the rich, unique agricultural and cultural bounty of Napa Valley. To learn more about the festival, log onto http://www.mustardfestival.org.

Silver Spring Foods, Inc. is the world's largest grower and processor of horseradish. A family business for more than 75 years, Silver Spring takes great pride in the quality horseradish they grow and the products they produce for retail, foodservice, private label and industrial markets. In addition to horseradish and horseradish sauces, Silver Spring markets a variety of specialty mustards and has recently been rated one of America's fastest-growing brands in the specialty mustard category. For more information on the Silver Spring line of gourmet products, visit silverspringfoods.com.

Peppadew is a registered trademark of Piquante Brands International.
All other trademarks belong to Silver Spring Foods, Inc.

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