Santa Barbara Pacific Pickle Works Named sofi Award Winner

Santa Barbara, CA (June 2, 2016) – Pacific Pickle Works has been named a Gold Award winner for Outstanding Appetizer in the Specialty Food Association 2016 sofi™ Award competition.

Pacific Pickle Works’ Brussizzle Sprouts, a blend of semi-sweet and tangy pickled Brussels sprouts, was selected by a national panel of specialty food experts from more than 3,200 entries and across 28 awards categories. Every eligible entry is carefully assessed by passionate and knowledgeable food professionals, including chefs, culinary experts, academics, food writers, and category buyers.

We are honored to win the Gold Award for Appetizers our first year entering the Sofi competition,” said Bradley Bennett, founder of Pacific Pickle Works. “We love those tangy little pickled Brussels and are so glad to have them selected for top honors by this prestigious panel of judges.”

The sofi (specialty outstanding food innovation) award is the top honor in the $120.5 billion specialty food industry and represents the best of the best from members of the Specialty Food Association. The honorees receive an opportunity to display their product at the Fancy Food Show and the sofi trophy, which distinctively is recognized as a token of excellence.

“A sofi means a product, and the people behind it, have arrived,” says Laura Santella-Saccone, chief marketing officer for the Specialty Food Association. “This year’s honorees represent a devotion to excellence and innovation in specialty food that continues to fuel our industry.”

Pacific Pickle Works will be at the Summer Fancy Food Show, June 26-28, New York City, booth #774.

About Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 for food artisans, importers, and entrepreneurs with more than 3,200 members in the U.S. and abroad. For more information on the association and its Fancy Food Shows, visit
About Pacific Pickle Works
Based in Santa Barbara, CA, Pacific Pickle Works offers an extensive line of gourmet pickled vegetables and savory drink mixers. Pacific Pickle Works has defined the “West Coast” style of spicy pickles and has won several awards both for their pickled vegetables and drink mixers, including a silver medal for their Bloody Mary Elixir at the 2016 San Francisco World Sprits Competition and a 2015 Good Food Award for their Jalabeaños. Pacific Pickle Works is distributed by Tony’s Find Foods in the Western US and is available direct online via

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