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Best New Product Award Winners

Kudos to the following companies that were voted by buyers as having Best New Products at the New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Shows!


2016 NEM Fall Best New Product Winners


Specialty Foods

1st — MugBuddyCookies, LLC (Biddeford, ME) – "Christmas House" - Edible tiny house with exquisite detail, that sit on the edge of a mug of your favorite hot beverage.

2nd — Anchor Toffee (Providence, RI) - "Almond Butter Toffee" - Small batch using real ingredients classic toffee with whole almond toasted during cooking.

Honorable Mention — Breathe LLC dba The Honey Shop (North Smithfield, RI) – "Original Lemon Formula" - A natural blend of honey, organic blue agave, extact of lemon and an herbal infusion.

Honorable Mention — Bellicchi's Best Biscotti (Wrentham, MA) – "Almond Fennel & Orange Biscotti" - Based on a centuries old flavor profile, toasted almonds and fennel seed combine with orange rind to deliver bursts of flavor on the palate. Not too sweet with a delightful crunch.


1st — Floweredsky Designs (Providence, RI) – "Aqua Necklace and Earrings" - Green mystic topaz, handformed and hammered gold filled S shape wire. The chain is fancy hammered 14 karat gold filled cable chain.

2nd — Angelrox (Biddeford, ME) - "The Band" - Comfy headband simple and sweet, wear classic and wide or scrunch thin, gentle hold will not press on sensitive temples, great for summer heat & winter chills

Honorable Mention — Walston Woodcraft (Mt. Vernon, ME) – "Fun to Build Kit" - Includes all you need to build, paint and play!

Honorable Mention — The Poppy Seed (Wells, ME) – "Hummingbird Chime" - Gorgeous chime featuring handcrafted copper hummingbirds. Peaceful and beautiful.


2016 NEM Spring Best New Product Winners

Specialty Foods

1st — Grey Goose Gourmet (Wayne, ME) – "Hot Apricot Pepper Jelly" - Sweet heat, an unforgettable bite of goodness!

2nd — Port City Pretzels (Portsmouth, NH) - "Ranch Dill Pretzels" - Yummy pretzels seasoned with Ranch & Dill flavor - irresistible!

Honorable Mention — Ass Over Teakettle (Cornville, ME) – "Blackies BBQ Sauce" - Hot and spicy barbeque, that's how we like it here at Ass over Teakettle, thick, rich and unique with an over the top burst of flavor. Made with Ass over Teakettle Original Bloody Mary Mix, the BBQ Sauce is sure to make you the master of any grill!

Honorable Mention — Fox Point Pickling Company (Providence, RI) – "Spicy Dill Pickles" - Our Spicy Dill Pickles add quite a kick to sandwiches and Bloody Mary's. 


1st — Mudgirl Pottery (Winthrop, ME) – "Josephine Large Rimmed Bowl" - A handmade stoneware bowl named after Mudgirl's grandmother.

2nd — Andy's Dandys (Richmond, VT) - "Doggie Delights Coastal Bones" - All natural, fresh baked dog bone treats decorated with lobsters, starfish, jellyfish and sunshine.

Honorable Mention — Natalie Therese (Boston, MA) – "Be Lively" - Lightweight, waterproof and stain-resistant cork cross body bag.  Zipper closure and adjustable cork cord strap.

Honorable Mention — Sea Stones (Windham, NH) – "Stone Wine Glass Pirouette" - Granite & wood holder for our Stone Wine Glasses.


2015 NEM Autumn Best New Product Winners

Specialty Foods

1st — Homemade Specialty (Epping, NH) – "Sweet Potato Chili" - Our unique chili is packed with healthy carbs, and is full of flavor with only 300 mg of sodium per serving! 

2nd — Liv A Little (Rochester, MA) - "Chocolate Nachos with Toffee" - This delightful combination pares the light and crunchy nachos with decadent milk chocolate. We then sprinkle mouthwatering golden toffee on them followed by a light drizzle of white chocolate.

Honorable Mention — Fox Point Pickling Company (Providence, RI) – "Garlic Dill Pickles" - We worked on our signature spice blend for a long time. These spears have a clean, zesty flavor and are the perfect fit for all your pickle needs. And when all of the pickles have been eaten, munch the garlic, and use the brine in your vinaigrette recipes or add a splash to a dirty martini.

Honorable Mention — McCrea's Candies (Hyde Park, MA) – "The Party Box" - Our four most popular flavors brought together in one box.


1st — Maple Landmark (Middlebury, VT) – "Nativity Block Set" - Crafted from locally sourced, sustainably harvested maple hardwood, this nativity set is colorfully printed on one side. There are 20 pieces, representing Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the stable, shephards, wise men, and animals. 

2nd — ART by ALYSSA (Beverly, MA) - "2016 Bird Poster Calendar" - 12 month calendar of Alyssa Watters' original oil paintings.

Honorable Mention — Tidepieces by Alan Winick (Westport, CT) – "Tide Clock" - Handcrafted tide clock has moving display showing tide changing!

Honorable Mention — Cogworks (Antrim, NH) – "Butterfly Garden Lazy Susan" - Beautifully etched lazy susan featuring images of butterflies and flowers. 



2015 NEM Spring Best New Product Winners


Specialty Foods

1st — Friendship Lobster Treats (Friendship, ME) – "Lobster Crackers" - Gourmet Maine Lobster Crackers. A cracker for people to enjoy the taste of real Maine Lobster in every bite!

2nd — Coop's MicroCreamery (Watertown, MA) - "Salted Caramel Sauce" - All Natural artisinal Salted Caramel sauce in a unique package.

Honorable Mention — Ass Over Teakettle (Cornville, ME) – "Bloody Mary Mix" - Ass Over Teakettle will be the last Bloody Mary Mix you will ever use! Simply said, it will kick you right square in the donkey! A 1950's style mix with a 21st Century flare.

Honorable Mention — Fresh (Topsham, ME) – "Lemon Curd" - Hand-crafted sweet, savory and spicy jams and jellies. All natural ingredients, less added sugar. Preservative free. For more than just your morning toast!



1st — Tidepieces by Alan Winick (Westport, CT) – "Portland Head Light Tide Clock" - Award-winning inventor Alan Winick handcrafts unique tide clocks with a moving display showing the changing sea level in a whimsical seascape!

2nd — Cogworks Ltd. (Antrim, NH) - "Pi Lazy Susan" - We offer precision crafted wood products for ones home and office. Our versatile gifts include quality cutting boards, jewelry boxes, fly boxes and gear puzzles.

Honorable Mention — Natalie Therese (Boston, MA) – "Friendly Cork Bag" - Natalie Therese handbags are orignal designs and handmade in Massachusetts. All the bags are made from environmentally-friendly cork and faux leather.

Honorable Mention — Oyster River Joinery (Warren, ME) – "Walnut Oyster Platter" - Handcrafted artisan wooden oyster platter made in Maine from native specie.

2014 NEM Autumn Best New Product Winners

Specialty Foods

1st — Fresh (Topsham, ME) – "Lemon Curd" - Sweet, tangy, creamy goodness!

2nd — Coop's Microcreamery (Watertown, MA) - "Coop's Handmade Hot Fudge" - All natural artisanal hot fudge in a unique package.  Available in dairy free and vegan too.

Honorable Mention — Nutty Canine (Gloucester, MA) – "Puppa Nutter" - An all natural peanut butter snack for your pups, made with human-grade ingredients.

Honorable Mention — Fudge Everything! (Manchester, MA) – "Hot Fudge" - Sweet on quality ingredients, Fudge Everything! Is crafted one jar at a time. 


1st — Northwood Naturals (Northwood, NH) – "New England Shores Hand Soap" - Pre-lathered foam that is rich, smooth and luxurious.

2nd — Maine Shellware (Bangor, ME) - "Bracelet" - Beautiful sterling silver bracelet with feature made from recycled lobster, mussel and clam shells.

Honorable Mention — One Lupine (Bangor, ME) – "Chill Art Series Wine Slip & Vase" - Hand felted insulated wine holder with glass insert to use as a vase.

Honorable Mention — Treasures of the Kingdom dba Gramp Lyford's Country Salve (Lancaster, NH) – "Country Salve" - An all natural salve to heal dry, rough and cracked skin. 

2014 NEM Spring Best New Product Winners

Specialty Foods

1st — The Maine Pie Company (Kennebunkport, Maine) for their “Gluten Free Wild Blueberry Pie”. Delicious, all natural gluten free pies manufactured in a gluten free facility.  Finest quality fillings in a flaky and buttery gluten free crust.  The pies come in two sizes handsomely packaged and ready to bake.

2nd — Casco Bay Butter Company (Portland, Maine) for their “Garlic & Herb Butter”. Certified organic and all natural hand-crafted artisan butters.  Available in over 20 gourmet varieties of sweet cream, cultured and compound flavors.  

Honorable Mention — Kinney's Sugarhouse (Knox, Maine) for their “Maple Jelly”. Family owned maple syrup operation.  Producing certified organic maple syrup and other certified organic maple products as well as delicious maple coated nuts!

Honorable Mention — Dean's Sweets (Portland, Maine) for their “Maine Sea Salt Caramels”. Maker of extraordinary hand-dipped chocolate truffles, caramels, bars, hot chocolate mixes, and other chocolate delights.  All products handmade with no preservatives and no nuts.


1st — Docksmith (Topsham, Maine) for their “Driftwood Docking Stations”.  Maine driftwood crafted into docking stations for smartphones and tablets. Each piece is of natures design using the wind, sea and sand as its tools.  Each docking station is equipped with a USB cable that can be plugged into your computer or wall adapter to charge or sync. We include a copper tube to hold any extra cord you may have. 

2nd — Herbal Revolution, (Lincolnville, Maine) for their “Elderberry Plus: Medicinal Mushrooms & Roots". Herbal Revolution specializes in high quality, hand crafted tea blends, elixirs and body products using herbs that we organically grow and ethically wild gather in Maine.

Honorable Mention — Sea Bags (Portland, Maine) for their “Sea Bags Tool Bag”. Handcrafted totes made out of recycled sails. Made on the working waterfront in Portland Maine. Sailed around the world, recycled in Maine.

Honorable Mention — Maine Coast Creations (Cutler, Maine) for their “Blue Seashell Glass Vase”. Seashells Reimagined - Crafted Downeast.  We upcycle seashells and glass into custom Creations including the Original Seasphere Ornaments, Vases, Lamps, Cutting Boards, Measure Openers, Countertops and other Coastal inspired Custom Creations.


2013 NEM Autumn Best New Product Winners

Specialty Foods

1st — McCrea's Candies (Hyde Park, MA) – "Black Lava Sea Salt Caramels" - All natural caramel spiked with just the right amount of Hawaiian black seat salt.

2nd — Simple Goodness (Mason, NH) - "Pure Vanilla Bean Syrup" - Pure vanilla bean syrup, infused over a long time with a high concentration of vanilla beans to produce a rish, beautifully flowing syrup.

Honorable Mention — Lucy's Granola (East Blue Hill, ME) – "Lucy's Granola Toffee Bar" - High quality granola, toffee, chocolate and sea salt.

Honorable Mention — Side Hill Farm (Brattleboro, VT) – "Four Berry Jam" - A delightful combination of strawberries, wild blueberries, red raspberries and cranberries.


1st — Bedrock Tree Farm (Wakefield, RI) – "Fir Needle Soy Candle" - A wood-wicked soy candle with a clear jar to enjoy the mesemerizing flame. 

2nd — Lallitara (Quincy, MA) - "Clutch Purse" - An adorable and stylish accessory made from recycled saris.

Honorable Mention — The Bird Barn (Fiskdale, MA) – "Bee Hive Bird Feeder" - A one-of-a-kind bird feeder with 3 bees buzzing - adored by all!

Honorable Mention — Nancy Reid Carr (West Warwick, RI) – "Deep Blue Sea Aluminum Cuff Bracelet" - Lightweight, durable and comfortable on the wrist. 


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