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GOLD: Agrusa Inc. — Signature Reserve Pasta Penne Rigate, Signature Reserve Pasta Linguine, Signature Reserve Pasta Orecchiette, Signature Reserve Pasta Fusilli, Signature Reserve Pasta Bucatini (Albertsons Companies brands) Quite frankly, this is some of the finest pasta we have ever tasted, which is a reason we decided to award the entire line and not just one product. The dough of the pasta is bronze die-cut for a rougher texture and a porous surface, which means it “catches” the pasta sauce. The pasta is also slow-dried to enhance natural flavor, according to the manufacturer. This is pasta on another level. Oh yeah, it’s made in Italy.

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SILVER: The Kroger Co. — HemisFares Spinach & Grana Padano Filled Pasta (Kroger brand) Imported from Italy and tells a story — “Our authentic Italian recipe honors the centuries-old pasta making tradition of the Emilia-Romagna region.” Feels like you’re eating something totally different. And this is excellent ravioli. BRONZE (tie) — Nuovo Pasta Productions — Priano Butternut Squash Ravioli and Priano Pumpkin Sage Ravioli (ALDI brands) We like the innovation here. The flavors grab your attention. The pasta backs up the innovation with savory products. Seviroli Foods — Ravioli Portobello Mushroom Ravioli is packed with portobello and cremini mushrooms, and ricotta and Parmesan cheese, which makes for a solid combination.

PEANUT AND NUT BUTTER

PEANUT AND NUT BUTTER GOLD: Hampton Farms — Wellsley Farms Almond Butter (sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club) The dry roasting gives it a not-too salty flavor. Not oily or greasy like many other almond butters. Very good almond flavor.

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GOLD: The Kroger Co. — Chipotle Citrus Cashews (Kroger brand) Blown away by this product. The crunchy exterior of these nuts is addictive. They are not too sweet, not too salty and completely delicious. SILVER: Marathon Ventures — Everything Bagel Flavored Cashews (Fresh Thyme Farmers Market brand) This might be a bit of an off-the-wall combination, but that’s what innovation is all about sometimes. And this savory combination of cashews, seeds and spices is spot on. BRONZE: Star Snacks — Wellsley Farms Roasted Mix Nuts (BJ’s Wholesale Club brand) Nice combination of peanuts, almonds, cashews, filberts and pecans — a highquality mix. Excellent taste and texture. Not too salty like so many nut products.

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