Miami, FL (June 2012) – After back-to-back wins in 2009 and 2010, they’ve done it again. Lucini Italia’s Delicate Cucumber and Shallot Artisan Vinaigrette was named the Outstanding Salad Dressing of 2012 in the 40th annual sofi™ Awards from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. A graceful recipe with locally grown garlic, parsley and milk, the vinaigrette is also the 2009 and 2010 Gold sofi™ Award winner for best dressing/marinade and outstanding salad dressing.

The vinaigrette was nominated as a Silver Finalist by a panel of specialty food expert judges, ranging from celebrity chefs to established national magazine food editors and then was tasted and tested by 300 industry peers at the 58th Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, DC. Gold Winners were announced at a red-carpet ceremony hosted by José Andrés, the noted chef and culinary innovator.

This year was the most competitive sofi™ contest to date, with an astonishing 2,520 contenders across 32 awards categories.Lucini is one of a handful of companies to be honored three times in the contest’s 40 year history.

“The sofi Gold Winners truly reflect the vibrancy of the specialty food industry today, and the passion and creativity our members are bringing to the products they make,” says NASFT President Ann Daw. “With a record number of entries this year, the winners should feel especially proud.”

Lucini® Delicate Cucumber and Shallot Artisan Vinaigrette is one of six gourmet blends, developed by culinary experts with a passion for delicious-tasting food made with honest ingredients. Full bodied and bursting with all natural flavors, Lucini® artisanal dressings are specially produced to provide a versatile dressing that adheres well to greens, adds punch to sandwiches and brings new depth to meats and poultry when used as a marinade.

The vinaigrettes were introduced to the market in January 2009 and are available at stores nationwide, retailing for under six dollars. Inspired by the American lifestyle, these products are made in the USA based on the Tuscan philosophy that great food comes from simple ingredients of extraordinary quality and are well on the way to becoming a staple of the American pantry.

The sofi Awards (“sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation) recognize the best in specialty food and beverages and are a coveted industry honor. The awards are open to members of the NASFT, a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 to foster commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. Today there are more than 2,900 members in the U.S. and abroad. For further information on the NASFT and its sofi Awards, go to

About Lucini Italia
The Lucini Italia Company was founded by Renee Frigo and Daniel Graeff on the philosophy that great tasting food comes from only the most cared-for, high-quality ingredients. Our passion is creating authentic, handcrafted gourmet foods inspired by the culinary traditions of Italy.  Prepared in small batches using 100% natural ingredients, Lucini Italia products offer both exceptional taste and culinary performance. Our work with small regional farmers, celebrated chefs, and health and wellness experts continues to provide our customers with an unmatched selection of ingredients, gourmet recipes, quality-assurance and convenience.  Meeting the demands of both home and professional chefs, the Lucini Italia family of products includes award-winning extra virgin olive oils, artisan vinegars, gourmet tomato and cheese sauces, savory soups and a special collection of limited production organic items.