The New England Made Giftware and Specialty Food Show (NEM) announced the winners of the 2017 Best New Products awards on March 19 in Portland, Maine. Winners were selected by retailers attending the show who voted for their top choice and receive cash awards or credit towards booth space at future show.
The spring 2017 New Product Specialty Food winners are Maple Cheese Pairing Collection from Runamok Maple in Cambridge, Vt., winning first place, in second place was Sunrise Tea from Zen Bear Honey Tea in Brunswick, Maine and receiving honorable mention was Mint Chocolate Chip Filled Chocolates from Safe Harbor Confections in Waldoboro, Maine.
The Maple Cheese Pairing Collection is a bourbon barrel-aged, hibiscus flower infused, elderberry infused and pecan wood smoked collection and perfect for pairing with hard cheeses like cheddar or Gouda. It is part of Runamok Maple’s collection of infused, smoke and barrel-aged maple syrups.
Zen Bear Honey Tea is a herb-infused honey drink made with Maine honey and turmeric, ginger, citrus and pepper. It can be served hot or cold.
Safe Harbor Confection’s Mint Chocolate Chip Filled Chocolate features a thin dark chocolate shell covering a minty, chocolate chip filling.
NEM also honored three giftware manufacturers. Forever Brands, Newbury, N.H., won first place for its Lobster Buoy, part of its Ocean and Lake collection of cutting boards made from reclaimed, repurposed, handcrafted and “green” solid surface. Second place went to Anglerox, Biddeford, Maine, for its Hourglass, a bamboo cozy hug, infinity scarf, comfort shaper, pencil skirt and t-shirt extender. Portsmouth, N.H.’s Seagate Studio received honorable mention for its Lobster Tray, a wooden tray with boat cleat handles.