2019 sofi Gold Award Winner

Sourwood Honey Vinegar

Built by Bees wins 2019 sofi Gold Award

This 2019 sofi award winner was chosen from nearly 2,000 products competing for the annual Specialty Food Association awards.

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Atlanta, Georgia (May 5, 2019)Built by Bees is a 2019 sofi award winner winning the Gold award in the Vinegars category. The Specialty Food Association’s 2020 sofi™ awards are a top honor in the $158 Billion specialty food industry. 

Sourwood Honey Vinegar

Built by Bees Sourwood Honey Vinegar was selected the winner by a specialty food expert panel. This panel hadnearly 2,000 entries across 39 product categories. Products were judged on taste, flavor, appearance, texture and aroma, ingredient quality and innovation. All tastings were blind. To learn more about the prestigious sofi awards, please visit the Specialty Food web site.

“We are honored that Built by Bees won the 2019 gold award,” says Tim Haratine, owner of Built by Bees.“ As a 2019 sofi award winner, we are grateful for product validation at this highest level. Because the specialty outstanding food innovation (sofi) is the ultimate stamp of approval in culinary excellence, we value the international access this provides.”

2019 sofi Award Winner is in stock

Customers looking to purchase a bottle and have it delivered to their front door can visit the product page here. Retailers looking to carry the 2019 sofi Gold Award Winner or other Built by Bees unique, premium honey vinegars, may apply at: https://builtbybees.com/wsnew/.

The sofi Award Tradition

“It’s a privilege to continue the sofi award tradition of recognizing extraordinary products and the people behind them,” says SFA President Phil Kafarakis. “Having great news to celebrate, like the sofi Awards, is revitalizing for all of us in this pandemic year. The sofi finalists represent our dynamic industry – exciting consumers and expanding retail offerings around the world.”

The sofi Awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association with specialty food industry members across the U.S. The awards have been given each year since 1972.

About Built by Bees

Built by Bees was founded in 2015 by Tim Haratine. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, The company focuses on creating great tasting and healthy products using USA sourced raw honey paired with clean ingredients. Built by Bees products complement nature’s finest work by avoiding raw sugars, sulfites, GMO’s, additives and preservatives. In September, Bees plans to release a new line of honey shrubs built around honey, cyser vinegar with organic fruit and herbs.

About the Specialty Food Association

Founded in 1952 in New York City, the Specialty Food Association (SFA) is the leading advocate for the $158.4 billion specialty food industry. SFA Represents makers, importers, entrepreneurs, retailers and distributors. They champion, nurture and connect their members to deliver traditional and innovative products to specialty foods consumers. With over 4,000 member companies, SFA helps its members by providing information, research and educational events. Each year, they celebrate the industry through its awards programs. The SFA is known for hosting the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows. Their the sofi™ (Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation) Awards honor excellence in specialty food. Learn more at specialtyfood.com.

Product Update

Read more about Built by Bees Sourwood Honey Vinegar in the Atlanta Journal Constitution here.


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