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Carolina Creole Stone Ground Grits Take Top Honors

South Carolina made grits took top honors at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City June 30 – July 2. Luquire Family Foods’ Carolina Creole Stone Ground Grits won a National Association of Specialty Food Trade Gold sofi™ award during the show. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation. This win comes one year after another Luquire Family Foods product earned a Silver sofi™ award.

Carolina Creole Stone Ground Grits was one of 2,573 specialty food products competing for top prizes in 32 categories. Carolina Creole Stone Ground Grits won in the Pasta, Rice or Grain category. As Gold sofi™ award winners, Jason and Micki Luquire, owners of the Pawleys Island based specialty food company, will benefit from national publicity and promotion of their product.

The Luquire’s started Carolina Creole in 2011 and are already selling their products in stores like Piggly Wiggly, Fresh Market, Whole Foods, and gourmet shops around the country. They are also part of the South Carolina Specialty Food Association (SCSFA), which has more than 150
members across the state.

SCSFA is the only statewide organization dedicated to promoting the best specialty food products available in the Palmetto state. For more information, visit . is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.