New York- This year’s Best in Show product was in the Frozen Desserts category and the winner of the coveted award was DeeBee’s Organic TeaPops by DeeBee’sSpecialTea Foods. Of several hundred new products that will be introduced at Kosherfest next week (November 11-12), 125 were submitted to the annual New Product Competition. The judges included Yakov M. Yarmove (NAI/Jewel-Osco), Marty Stein (Tree of Life, KeHE Foods Company), Deborah Shapiro (Bi-Lo Holdings), Adam Weissman, (Saker Shoprites/Wakefern) and Gitel Leibler (Quality Frozen Foods). The winners in the other categories were as follows: Yogurt - Karoun Greek Style Honey Yogurt (Karoun Dairies Inc, San Fernando, CA ); Cheese or Dairy- 8oz Shred Stand Up Pouch -Italian Blend --Mozzarella and Provolone (Anderson International, Jersey City, NJ); Candy - See’More’sSmores (Pete’s Gourmet, Medford, OR); Sweet Snacks, Cookies and Crackers - All Natural Caramel Corn Series (Zelda’s Sweet Shoppe, Skokie, IL); Breads and Baked Goods-Ginger Slap (NoMoo Cookie Company, Pipersville, PA ); Dips, Spreads and Salsa - Truffle Pate Line - Black Truffle Pate and White Truffle Pate- (La Rusticella Truffles, Italy); Jams/Preserves and Dried Fruit-Tishbi Apricot Riesling Wine & Fruit Preserves (Fruit of the Land, Canada); Condiments, Sauces, Dressings & Marinades-MIKEE Sriracha &Scirachnaisse (Exotic Sauce Packaging, Scottsdale, AZ); Cereals and Convenience - Breakfast-Honey Oat Crunch with Almonds (Paskesz Candy, Brooklyn, NY); Salty Snacks, Chips, Cookies Crackers-ProTings Protein Chips (Sterling Sales, Brooklyn, NY); Spices, Oils and Vinegars-Organic Extra Virgin 25.5 fl oz in a sleep Geolive bottle (Cosmopolitan Food Group, Secaucus, NJ); Giftware, Novelties & Non-Food-Chanukah Dreidel Tongs (Shulsinger Judaica, Brooklyn, NY); Kosher for Passover-Carrot Cake Macaroons (The Manischewitz Company, Newark, NJ); Mixes- Blends by Orly – Gluten Free Flours (Blends by Orly, Hackensack, NJ); Pastas, Rice and Grains-Gluten Free Matzo Ball Mix (The Manischewicz Company, Newark, NJ); Frozen Entrees & Meal Components-Crusted Fish Fillets – Quinoa & Herb; Southern Cornmeal & Thai Coconut (Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods, Elmwood Park, NJ); Pre-Cooked Packaged Meats-Gourmet Spicy Apple Chicken Sausage (Empire Kosher Poultry, Mifflintown, PA); and Wines, Beer or Spirits-“Baron Tequila”(Baron Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico).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. For Maninschewitz, which in recent years has introduced many new items, this year it was Kosher for Passover-Carrot Cake Macaroons and Gluten Free Matzo Ball Mix. Empire Kosher Poultry this year recognized a growing trend for pre-cooked foods when it introduced and won with Pre-Cooked Packaged Meats-Gourmet Spicy Apple Chicken. Other familiar winners were Exotic Sauce, Zelda’s, Dr. Praeger’s, Anderson International, and Paskesz. To view photos of winning products click HERE!