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Anastasia's Coconut Cashew Crunch Wins Top Honors at Specialty Food Association's Summer Fancy Food Show

NEW YORK, June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Live from the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center, the Specialty Food Association announced that Coconut Cashew Crunch from Anastasia's has won its highest honor: the sofi™ award for Product of the Year.

"The 2017 sofi Awards were presented to products that exemplify the high quality, inventiveness, and great taste that the specialty food industry is known for," said Phil Kafarakis, president of the Specialty Food Association.  "Our Product of the Year is drawn from an extraordinary field of competitive products representing 39 categories. It's exciting to recognize Anastasia's and have their Coconut Cashew Crunch named our very first Product of the Year, a category we plan to continue to celebrate at future Fancy Food Shows."

"We are honored that Coconut Cashew Crunch has won a coveted Gold sofi™ Award in the Sweet Snacks Category," said Phil DeWester, Vice President of Marketing for Las Olas Confections & Snacks. "We created a truly addictive confection for today's coconut-obsessed consumers. This tropical twist on a classic brittle is handmade in copper kettles with fresh shredded coconut, cashews, butter and brown sugar with a dark chocolate drizzle. The result is a deliciously crunchy, super satisfying snack and confection all in one."

Anastasia's Coconut Cashew Crunch comes in three delicious flavors, Original, Dark Chocolate Drizzle and Jamaican Rum with White Chocolate Drizzle, and is available in 4.35-4.5oz gable boxes and 5.75-6oz re-sealable bags.  

The Specialty Food Association has been presenting sofi Awards since 1972, celebrating culinary excellence and creativity worldwide through recognizing the outstanding work of its members. This is the first time that a Best Product award has been given out.

The complete list of sofi winners, announced in April, can be found here.

About the Specialty Food Association  
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,500 members in the U.S. and abroad with resources, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at

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