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Luke's Premier Foods wins industry award

  • Friday, May 3, 2013

    Luke's Premier FoodsLuke's Premier Foods wins industry award

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-May 3, 2013  Luke's Premier Foods won the "sofi™ Finalist" award and is in the running for a coveted Gold sofi™ Award reserved for the elite of the $86 billion specialty food industry.  Owner Jim Hudson's entry, Luke's Heirloom ™ "Bloody Delicious Mary Mix™, was named a finalist in the Outstanding Cold Beverage category.  It is the only product in the category made in the U.S. 

    "We have been working at this for seven years now," said Hudson, "and have been told (by consumers) that our "Bloody Delicious Mary Mix" is a high-quality product.  But to have expert judges in the industry agree . . . well, it's pretty much like receiving an Oscar!  In fact, it's a privilege to even be acknowledged in the same group as the other finalists." 

    Luke's is among 109 finalists selected from 1,885 entries across 30 award categories by a national panel of specialty food professionals.  Gold winners will be announced at a red-carpet ceremony July 1 at the association's Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.  

    Hudson, an avid home gardener and Iowa native, is known in the industry for products he has perfected over the years, all stemming from his grandmother's recipe for tomato juice.  Dr. Jurgen Schwarz, director and associate professor UMES' Food Science and Technology Ph.D. program, provides leadership for the research that yields engineering and processing advice to the company. 

    Friends of the company and of the specialty food industry are invited to support Luke's Kickstarter™ campaign, launched to defray travel, lodging and display expenses associated with the Summer Fancy Food Show.  To support the campaign ending May 31, visit and search Luke's World Class Heirloom Tomato Juice, Nectar, Bloody Mary.  For more information about the sofi™ Awards, visit


    Suzanne Waters Street, agriculture communication specialist, UMES - University of Maryland Extension, 410-651-6084,

    From left, are:  Dr. Jurgen Schwarz, director and associate professor of UMES' Food Science and Technology Ph.D. program, and Jim Hudson, owner of Luke's Premier Foods.