Recipients of the Food and Beverage (FABI) Awards reflect leading industry trends.
Made only with flour, water, salt and yeast, the Baguette Bagel from ACE Bakery/Weston Foods has the texture of a French baguette with fewer calories per serving than a traditional bagel.
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Roasted Porchetta with Herbs from Atalanta Corp. features pork loins wrapped in pork belly marinated in a brine of Tuscan herbs and spices for 48 hours before slow roasting for more than 10 hours.
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From Beyond Meat, the plant-based Beyond Burger looks and cooks like ground beef, with 20 grams of protein per serving and no soy, gluten or bioengineered ingredients.
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Boulart received three FABI Awards, for Individually Wrapped Ciabatta Bites, Original Flat Sandwich Bun and Olive Oil and Fine Herbs Focaccia. The products come fully baked and frozen, allowing for maximum flexibility, and are Non-GMO Project verified.
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With 50 to 60 calories per serving, Barrilitos Aguas Frescas from Coca-Cola is a line of lightly sweetened, flavored waters in seven varieties, including fruit fusions and traditional Mexican flavors such as horchata and tamarind.
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Colonel Pabst’s award-winning Worcestershire Sauce is crafted from an old family recipe featuring all-malt Milwaukee lager beer and may be used as a marinade, finishing sauce or cocktail complement.
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With 50% less sodium than table salt, Salt for Life from Diamond Crystal Brands features a combination of potassium salt and sodium salt using a processing technology from NuTek Food Science. The product is available in canisters for chef use and individual sticks for consumer use.
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Two tarts from The Eli’s Cheesecake Co. were honored with FABI Awards. Each featuring an all-butter pâte sucrée crust, Eli’s Butter Tart contains a sweet, gooey, chewy filling, and Eli’s Salted Caramel Tart includes salted caramel topped with milk chocolate ganache sprinkled with sea salt.
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Two varieties of naan from FGF Brands received FABI Awards. Stonefire Ancient Grain Mini Naan is made with quinoa, spelt, buckwheat, kamut and a touch of honey, while Stonefire Fire Roasted Garlic Naan features buttermilk, ghee, roasted garlic and cilantro. The traditional Indian flatbreads are baked on stone in a tandoor oven at high heat to create bubbles and an airy texture.
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Two Franz Bakery offerings were named FABI Awards winners. Made with tapioca flour, Brazi Bites Brazilian Cheese Bread are gluten-free, with a crispy exterior and fluffy center. The company’s assortment of Gluten-Free Breads includes bread, buns and bagels that are free of wheat, soy, dairy and nuts and may be served fresh, toasted or as a component in a recipe.
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From The J.M. Smucker Co., Sahale Snacks Bars combine glazed nuts with fruits and spices, crispy puffed ancient grains and a layer of cashew nut butter.
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Available in a variety of breakfast and lunch options, the Gluten-Free Biscuit Sandwich from Kiki’s Gluten-Free Foods may be microwaved from frozen or baked and held under warming lights for more than an hour without becoming soggy.
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The namesake sweetener from Mike’s Hot Honey features upstate New York honey infused with chili peppers from Brazil and may be paired with pizza, chicken, ribs, biscuits, salads or cheese.
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Freshly Handcrafted Blood Orange Juice from Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co. is produced in small batches from Sicilian blood oranges and contains no preservatives, flavor packs, concentrates or artificial ingredients. The product may be used as a beverage, cocktail mixer or ingredient in a dish.
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PepsiCo Foodservice received two FABI Awards, for Sabra Guac N Go, a dual-compartment packaged snack featuring Sabra guacamole and Tostitos Rolls chips, and Stubborn Soda, a line of premium soft drinks in such flavors as black cherry with tarragon and lemon berry acai.
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Pinnacle Foods Group won a pair of FABI Awards. Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cakes are pre-portioned, microwavable cake mixes available in such varieties as strawberry shortcake, chocolate chip muffin and carrot cake. Gardein Meatless Italian Pizza Crumbles feature the texture and flavor of pork and are seasoned with garlic, spices and red bell pepper.
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Tangy, sweet and spicy, Blood Orange Ginger Beer from Powell & Mahoney is packaged in single-serve cans and may be used as a base in Moscow Mule or Dark and Stormy cocktails or as a sophisticated mocktail.
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A spicy spin on a classic condiment, Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Ketchup from Red Gold combines the flavors of sun-ripened chili peppers, garlic and premium tomato ketchup.
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From Rishi Tea, Rishi Craft Brew draft tea beverage offers the hydration of coconut water with the buzz of cold-brew coffee and the healthy appeal of kombucha, with no added sugar, according to the company.
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Truffle Zest from Sabatino Tartufi may be sprinkled onto pizza or pasta, folded into butter or mixed into sauces and is offered in a range of sizes.
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Sevillo Fine Foods received FABI Awards for two thaw-and-serve products: Harissa Sauce, a spicy blend of red chili peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, vinegar and spices; and Slow Roasted Tomato Sofrito, a versatile mix of diced roasted tomatoes, sautéed onions, oil, herbs and spices that may be used as a sauce, spread or base for various dishes.
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Sipp Sparkling Organics from SIPP eco beverage co. is a line of U.S.D.A. certified organic craft sodas lightly sweetened with agave and packaged in 10.5-oz slim cans. Flavors include mojo berry, summer pear and ginger blossom.
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Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise is a vegan substitute for mayonnaise made with aquafaba, a byproduct of the chickpea cooking process, as an egg replacement.
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From Sweet Street, two Manifesto brand products received FABI Awards. Individually Wrapped Manifesto Cookies and Bars and Manifesto Bake-Off Cookies are made with ingredients such as sustainable Peruvian chocolate, cage-free eggs and hormone-free dairy and contain no high-fructose corn syrup, bioengineered ingredients or artificial colors or flavorings.
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The Gluten-Free Dough Ball from Venice Bakery bakes like traditional pizza dough and is shipped in individual bags to reduce the risk of gluten contamination.
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Available in six new varieties, Vidalia Dressings from Vidalia Brands are based on Southern family recipes. The dressings are gluten-free and contain no preservatives, MSG, artificial colors or flavors or high-fructose corn syrup.
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With Gluten-Free Dough, Pizza & Hoagie Rolls Ready to Bake, Wild Flour Bakery claims to have created the only gluten-free dough able to withstand the more than 900-degree temperatures of wood, coal, gas or infrared ovens without parbaking or burned edges. The dough may be pressed and shaped to create calzones, Stromboli, breadsticks or sweet rolls — with no gluten, eggs, corn or soy.
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