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  • You must be a Tier 2 member in good standing of the Specialty Food Association.
    • 2024 membership dues must be paid in full.
    • Non-Member products represented by member brokers, distributors, incubator kitchens and importers may be entered into the sofi Awards. Should this type of entry win a sofi Award, the honor and trophy will be attributed to the member who entered that product. 
  • The sofi Awards are independent of the Fancy Food Shows, therefore you do not need to be an exhibitor at the Fancy Food Shows (Summer or Winter) to enter.



  • All Early Bird Entries from February 8, 2024 – March 8, 2024 for the 2024 sofi Awards are $80 per SKU.

  • After March 8, 2024, All Entries for the 2024 sofi Awards are $115 per SKU.

  • All product entries must be ready for sale. Mock-ups and products still in R&D phase will not be accepted. All product entries must have US regulation labels in English and also should accompany any foodservice/check-weight type products. 
  • There are no limits to the number of products/SKUs you can submit. However, each additional entry must have its own application and be paid for separately.
  • Each product/SKU can only be entered in ONE category. A different size or package form of the same product is not a viable, additional entry.
  • The same products/SKUs that won sofi Gold in 2023 are not eligible to be entered again for the 2024 sofi Awards.
  • If the judges believe your product has been entered into an incorrect category, we reserve the right to move your entry into the appropriate category to ensure your product is judged with similar category items.
  • Submissions will not be returned. Viable extra product samples will be donated after judging.
  • Pet food, foods containing CBD or THC, non-food items, and dietary/nutritional/health supplements (a product taken orally that contains one or more ingredients, such as vitamins or amino acids that are intended to supplement one's diet and are not considered food) are not eligible for judging. The Specialty Food Association reserves the right to disqualify any products that are deemed ineligible for the sofi Awards. 

    To read and download the full rules please click here.