Maine Lobster Company Takes Home Two Gold sofiTM Awards

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Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. has again been awarded top industry honors for its innovative products. At a ceremony in New York City yesterday, the Maine company received two gold sofiTM Awards – the specialty food industry’s most coveted accolade. Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. received the awards for its Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese and its Linekin Bay Lobster Corn Chowder.

We are delighted to have won another two sofiTM Awards. It's an honor and we appreciate getting the recognition for our great gourmet products.

Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. has once again been awarded top industry honors for its innovative products. At a ceremony in New York City yesterday, the Maine company received two gold sofiTM Awards – the specialty food industry’s most coveted accolade.

“We are delighted to have won another two sofi™ Awards. It’s an honor and we appreciate getting the recognition for our great gourmet products,” said the company’s founder and president Cal Hancock.

The company’s Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese and its new Linekin Bay Lobster Corn Chowder each received a gold sofiTM Award (Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation) at the closing ceremonies of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade’s (NASFT) annual Summer Fancy Food Show.

“Our gourmet Lobster Mac & Cheese has been a hit ever since we introduced it in 2007. It’s rich and delicious and, of course, loaded with big chunks of Maine lobster meat,” Hancock said. “Our gourmet Lobster Corn Chowder is new and is a perfect combination of Maine lobster and sweet corn – both are great comfort foods.”

The Port Clyde Mac & Cheese won a gold sofi™ Award in the “Outstanding Frozen Savory” category, which includes frozen entrées, hors d’oeuvres, side dishes, pizzas, etc. It is made with Maine lobster and shell pasta enveloped by a creamy mascarpone-cheddar sauce and topped with a crunchy mix of panko bread crumbs, herbed butter, lemon zest and parmesan cheese. It was previously awarded a gold sofiTM Award in 2008 in the “Outstanding Pasta, Rice or Grain” category.

The Linekin Bay Lobster Corn Chowder, introduced earlier this year, won a gold sofi™ Award in the “Outstanding Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili” category, which includes canned, jarred, fresh or frozen products, dry mixes, bases and broths. It combines tender Maine lobster meat with sweet yellow corn in a creamy, perfectly seasoned lobster stock.

Gold sofi™ Award winners were selected from more than 2200 gourmet product entries in 33 categories by a national panel of specialty food buyers. Winning a gold sofi™ Award exposes companies to a wide array of potential customers, because the specialty food industry looks at the results of this prestigious competition to discover emerging trends and innovative gourmet products. Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. received its first gold sofi™ Award in 2003 and was honored with its fifth and sixth gold sofi™ Awards at the Javits Center in New York City last night.

“Winning a gold sofi™ Award has always meant getting greater recognition in the gourmet food arena 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 Lobster Co. has been nominated for the awards numerous times in its 10-year history, taking home gold sofi™ Awards for Pemaquid Point Lobster Pot Pies (2003); Cundy’s Harbor Lobster Stew (2007), Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese (2008), and Spruce Head Smoked Scallop Lobster Bisque (2008). The company was previously a sofi™ Award 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 gourmet food markets, in catalogs nationwide, or directly though the company. For more information, please visit HancockGourmetLobster.com.

If you'd like more information about Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company, or to schedule an interview with Cal Hancock, please call 800-552-0142 or e-mail Cal directly at cal (at) HancockGourmetLobster (dot) com.

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