VICOM Baking walked away with 53 blue ribbons at the 2009 American Pie Council championships held recently in Orlando, Fla.
VICOM Baking walked away with 53
blue ribbons at the 2009 American Pie Council (APC) championships held recently
in Orlando, Fla.
Last year, the Denver, Colo.-based
pie producer took home 46 blue ribbons.
"It doesn't get any better than this,” says Tim
Kanaly, VICOM’s president. " We went into this competition knowing that
exceeding last year’s record would be very difficult, but our team rose to the
The APC is the only
organization committed to maintaining America's pie heritage, passing on the
tradition of pie-making and promoting the nation's love affair with pie,
according to VICOM.
VICOM entered pies on behalf of its
many customers, including Bakers Square, which walked away with 34 blue
ribbons. Two versions of each pie were presented, one for display and one for
the judges to sample.
Preparations for the championships began weeks ago at the
VICOM headquarters where the company's pastry chefs determined which pies were
to be entered into each category.
"Our management threw down the
gauntlet and challenged us to beat last year's record,” Kanaly notes. “It was a
daunting achievement but we knew going in that we had a chance to do it. We
have in the past and continue to proudly make the claim of ‘The Best Pie In
This year, the contest introduced
trans fat-free pie crusts, which are used on all pie varieties made by VICOM.
Some 31 producers from across the nation entered more than
500 pies in the commercial category judged during the three-day event.
For a full listing of this year’s winners,
Or go towww.piecouncil.org.