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Anastasia’s Coconut Cashew Crunch Wins Most Innovative New Product Award at Sweets & Snacks Expo

Chicago, IL (May 23, 2017) –  Anastasia’s Coconut Cashew Crunch with Dark Chocolate Drizzle (the latest creation from Las Olas Confections & Snacks) has won the Most Innovative New Product award in the Gourmet/Premium category today at the NCA’s Sweets & Snacks Expo. This is the second top industry award for Coconut Cashew Crunch, which won the Gold sofi™ Award in the Sweet Snacks Category in the Specialty Food Association’s 2017 sofi™ Awards competition last month.

The Most Innovative New Product Award winners, chosen from nearly 370 entries, were announced at an awards ceremony celebration at the Sweets & Snacks Expo, held May 23-25 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Product submissions for all categories were rated on four weighted criteria: taste, packaging, innovation and go-to-market feasibility, by a panel of judges including leading candy and snack buyers, wholesalers, trade media and other food industry experts.

A sofi™ is the top honor in the $127 billion specialty food industry and represents the best of the best from members of the Specialty Food Association. Coconut Cashew Crunch with Dark Chocolate Drizzle was selected from 3,000 entries across 39 categories by a national panel of 62 specialty food experts, including chefs, culinary experts, academics, food writers, and category buyers. Products are judged in a blind tasting based on flavor, appearance, texture and aroma, as well as ingredient quality.

“We are honored that Coconut Cashew Crunch has won a coveted Gold sofi™ Award as well as the Most Innovative New Product Award,” said Phil DeWester, Vice President of Marketing for Las Olas Confections & Snacks. “We created a truly addictive confection for today’s coconut-obsessed consumers. This tropical twist on a classic brittle is handmade in copper kettles with fresh shredded coconut, cashews, butter and brown sugar with a dark chocolate drizzle. The result is a deliciously crunchy, super satisfying snack and confection all in one.”

Anastasia’s Coconut Cashew Crunch comes in three delicious flavors, Original, Dark Chocolate Drizzle and soon-to-be Key Lime, and is available in 5oz re-sealable bags.   

“A sofi™ means a product, and the people behind it, have arrived,” said Phil Kafarakis, president, Specialty Food Association. “This year’s winners represent a devotion to excellence and innovation in specialty food that continues to fuel our industry, excite consumers and expand retail offerings around the world.”


Based in Orlando, Florida, Anastasia Confections, makers of world-famous Coconut Patties, has been committed to creating innovative tropical confections since 1984. Our products, made in an SQF Level 2 facility, include Coconut Cashew Crunch, Coconut Patties, Coco Bites, Salt Water Taffy, Choc-O-Gators and more. Anastasia is a Las Olas Confections & Snacks brand.

About Las Olas Confections and Snacks

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Las Olas Confections and Snacks, a division of BBX Sweet Holdings, manufactures and distributes chocolates, candies, snacks and other confectionary products. The Las Olas Confections and Snacks portfolio of brands includes Anastasia Confections, Droga Chocolates, Helen Grace Chocolates, Kencraft Candy and Williams & Bennett. Las Olas Confections and Snacks operates two SQF Certified manufacturing facilities in American Fork, Utah (just outside of Salt Lake City), and Orlando, Florida. All Las Olas Confections and Snacks products are proudly made in the U.S.A. and can be found in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise, club and drug stores. BBX Sweet Holdings is a subsidiary of BBX Capital (NYSE: BBX).

About the Specialty Food Association 
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,400 members in the U.S. and abroad with resources, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at


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