NORTHGLENN, COLO. - Niman Ranch’s Applewood Smoked Uncured No Sugar Bacon was awarded Gold in the Meat, Poultry and Seafood category of the Specialty Food Association’s 2021 sofi Awards.  

“This award is a tremendous honor and a testament to the great care our farmers put into raising their hogs. Our community of 650 independent family hog farmers allow their pigs to be pigs—with lots of room to root, roam and romp,” said Chris Oliviero, Niman Ranch’s general manager. “We believe that the quality of an animal’s life directly translates into the quality of the meat.” 

Niman Ranch’s No Sugar Bacon was blind taste-tested against competitors in the category by a group of judges made up of seasoned food professionals including chefs, culinary instructors, recipe developers and specialty food buyers. Judges scored each submission on multiple qualities including flavor, appearance, texture, aroma and creativity.   

Niman Ranch currently offers seven different varieties of bacon—naturally cured over real Applewood or Hickory with no artificial flavors. The sofi Award-winning Applewood-Smoked No Sugar Bacon was introduced in 2017 to fulfill growing demand from health-focused consumers who don’t want to compromise on flavor.