New York, NY – Jack’s Gourmet BBQ Pulled Beef Brisket (Jack’s Gourmet, Brooklyn NY) was the winner of the Best in Show product at the annual Kosherfest New Product Competition. The BBQ brisket also won in the Packaged Meats category. Hundreds of products were submitted into the competition, which will also be on display at Kosherfest on November 10-11 at the Meadowlands Center. The prestigious panel of judges included Guest Judge Jamie Geller (Joy of Kosher), Yakov M. Yarmove (NAI/Jewel-Osco), Marty Stein (Tree of Life, KeHE Foods Company), Joel Schoenfeld (Evergreen) and Gitel Leibler (Quality Frozen Foods).
In addition to Best in Show, winners in the other categories were as follows: Cheese or Dairy – Double Ale Cheddar Cheese (TheCheeseGuy.com); Candy – Oodles Raspberry (Paskesz Candy Company); Sweet Snacks – Dairy Caramel Popcorn (Shay’s Chocolate); Gourmet Sweets- Artisan Milk Chocolates (CocoArt); Dips, Spreads & Salsa – MIKEE Tahini Sauce Line (Exotic Sauce Packaging); Jams/Preserves and Dried Fruit-Heirloom Vermont Apple and Maple Syrup Butter (TheCheeseGuy.com); Beverages – Non-Alcoholic – Ceres Fruit Juice (Stanmar International); Condiments, Sauces, Dressings & Marinades-BRIANNAS Kosher Line (BRIANNAS Fine Salad Dressing); Cereals & Convenience Breakfast – Chocolate Almond Matzolah (Foodman’s Matzolah); Savory Snacks-Sunrise Popella Popcorn (Goldbaums); Non-Food- Koshwhere (KOSHWHERE.COM); Kosher for Passover-Hazelnut Chocolate Macaroons (The Manischewitz Company); Mixes and Baking Goods – Semi-Sweet Vegan & Soy-Free Chocolate Chips (California Gourmet); Pastas, Rice & Grains– Le Veneziane Penn (Quattrobimbi Imports); Frozen Entrees & Meal Components; Tuscanini premium pizzas (Kayco); Alcoholic Beverages– Teperburg Legacy Petite Sirah (Kayco); Frozen Desserts – Froozer (Cool Frootz, LLC).
As a group, the new product winners this year represent a great deal of product enhancement and line extension in many of the categories. Some of the winners were the familiar kosher companies that have been steadily increasing their SKU’s, often going well beyond their traditional items. Like last year, Maninschewitz won the best new Kosher for Passover product; this year it was its Hazelnut Chocolate Macaroons. Other familiar winners were Kayco, Exotic Sauce, and Paskesz.