The Estonian Food Industry Association (ETL) has announced the results of its annual best taste contest. This year's overall winner and the Best Food Product of 2015 is Valio Gefilus cappuccino kefir.
"The winning product won the jury over with its novel concept and surprisingly daring taste," said Sirje Potisepp, ETL's head and organizer of the contest. "That kefir too has moved from plastic and tetra-packs into comfortable, easy-to-carry bottles, is a logical development, considering our quick pace of life."
The contest took place for the 21st time this year across several categories:
Best Non-Alcoholic Drink - A. Le Coq Aura apple-peach-carrot squash
Best Alcoholic Drink - Liviko Silver Vodka
Best Health Product - Põltsamaa Felix Pai+ Breakfast Smoothie
Best Meat Product - Rannatrootsi Teriyaki pre-cooked ribs
Best Seafood Product - The Scandinavian Spicy Sprat Fillet by DGM Shipping
Best Vegetable Product - Salvest "Põnn" Organic Mango Puree for babies
Best Bread Product - Crunchy Bread with Hemp Seeds by Lõuna Pagarid
Best Pastry Product - Eesti Pagar Frozen Chocolate Cake
Best Processed Food - Peetroot Puree SUPIKE by Kadarbiku
Best Sauce - Põltsamaa Mild-flavored Mustard
People's Choice - 'Spotted Dog' candy by Kalev and Liviko Vana Tallinn Ice Cream
Regional favorites were also awarded:
Wild Garlic Butter by Gurmeeklubi Saaremaa
Functional Blueberry-Raspberry Jam by Bacula
Cereal Coffee Drink with Chicory by Maadlex
Raspberry Vinegar, an artisan product by Metakor
Kefir or keefir, as it is known in Estonian, is a fermented milk drink made with kefir "grains" (a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter) and has its origins in the north Caucasus Mountains, but has been produced in Estonia since 1885. It is prepared by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep milk with kefir grains.
Editor: M. Oll