Announcing the 2011 Gourmet Product Awards Winners

The Gourmet Product Awards has announced the winners of its first annual awards program today.

Dozens of food judges, VIP, celebrity chefs, professional consultants and specialty retail store owners revealed their top picks for the best new gourmet products for 2011. Forty Three winners were chosen from multiple categories ranging from Baby Products, Baked Goods, Beverages, Cheese, Cookies and Snacks, Dairy to Oils, Dressings, Organic and more that included many acclaimed new products. The awards revealed the growing interest in healthy ingredients, green packaging, organic and raw products, supporting charitable causes and more.

The complete list of the 2011 Gourmet Product Award winners can be found online at and many of the companies displayed have representatives available to talk about their award winning new products.

The awards process for the first year was both interesting and challenging. Throughout the summer, the awards committee received a number of outstanding nominations for over 900 products. The process for evaluating and selecting only the best products and in this regard only one recipient for each category in the Gourmet Awards was truly difficult.  

During the program the award presenters took time out from the program to recognize the work of the dozens of people who were involved, the nominators, the judges, food panels, festival producers, contest advisors & members of the awards committee who devoted their time, expertise, and energies to these fine selections.

2011 Winners List Sent via —

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Baby Product: Wean Cubes

Baked Goods – Innovation: Elizabeth Jean’s Homemade Pie Kit Baked Goods – Mix: Marion’s Gluten-Free Cookie and Muffin mix

Baked Goods – Packaged: Alfajor de dulce de leche (Double Caramel Filled Cookie)

BBQ + Grilling, Barware, etc: Gourmet Grilling Planks

Beverage – Bagged Tea: Naturally Sweet Tea

Beverage – Coffee: Mokk-a

Beverage – Herbal Tea: Coconut Hibiscus Tea

Beverage – Loose Leaf Tea: Milk Oolong Full-Leaf Loose Tea

Beverages – Juice: Juices with Fruit bits

Beverages – Mix: Shaken Mango Passion Green Iced Tea

Beverages – Water: HINT Fizz

Breakfast Item: Malibu Pies

Cheese: Reading

Chocolate: Million Dollar Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bar

Condiments: Hot Mama’s Sweet Pepper Sauce

Confections: Green Apple Butter Caramel

Cookie: Brent & Sam’s Premium Soft & Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies

Dairy: Magnolia Premium Tropical Ice Cream

Dressing and Marinades: Coconut Citrus Vinaigrette

Fruits & Vegetables: Tillen Farms ‘Bada Bing’ Cherries

Garlic, Mushrooms & Olives: Himalaya Truffle

Gourmet Promotions and Gift Ideas: Pie in a Jar

Kitchen Utensils, Gadgets, Chef Items: Ozonator

Lifestyle and Health Choices: TopChips

New Gourmet Food Products: Teaspoon Willie’s Everything Sauce

Oils – Olive: Rallis Olive Oil

Oils (nut, veg, seed, other): Stoger Pumpkin Seed Oil

Organic: Chipotle Chile Peanut Butter

Popular Foods: Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups

Raw Foods: Rallis Olive Oil

Sauces: Ladybird – Everyday Hot Sauce

Seafood & Fish (caviar, smoked, shell, etc): Homestyle New England Cod Cakes

Snacks – Innovation: Gary & Kit’s Gourmet Mountain Mix

Snacks – Salty: Somersault Snack Co – Pacific Sea Salt

ks – Sweet: Panda Blueberry Licorice

Soups, Stews & Beans: Bookbinders Ready to Serve Soup

Specialty Goods & Items: Keep Cup

Spices, Flavorings, Special Ingredients: Rub Joe

Spreads, Syrups, Toppings, Jams, Honey etc: Seasonal Preserve Collection

Unique Delicious Foods: Grace and I’s Turshi

Vinegar (Balsamic, Sherry, etc): Gingras Extra Old Apple Cider Vinegar

The Winner for most Unique Delicious Foods was Grace and I’s for their Turshi, which is a traditional family condiment somewhere between a pickled chutney and a tangy relish, yet not quite. It is a unique experience yet tastes magically familiar. A complete list of all the 2011 Gourmet Product Award winners shown above can also be found at

“ is excited to be the official media sponsor for the first annual Gourmet Product Awards program.” says Michael Ratner, Editor-in-Chief of the US News Bureau parent company. “We are always looking for the latest new products and keeping ahead of evolving consumer market trends.”

Emerging trends include a move toward healthier and more natural foods along with environmental concerns highlighting increased consumer attention to quality and growing concern for value.

Breaking new ground for its 1st year, the Gourmet Product Awards recognizes companies and individuals from around the world that market products in North America.

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