California Raisins Announce Winners of National Pie Championship Raisin Category

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California Raisin Marketing Board
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California Raisins Announce Winners of National Pie Championship Raisin Category

FRESNO, Calif., June 16, 2008 – The California Raisin Marketing Board is pleased to announce the raisin category winners of the 2008 American Pie Council’s National Pie Championships, sponsored by Crisco Winners are:

First Place
California Raisin and Sour Cream Dream Pie with Maple Raisin Stuffed Crust by Karen Hall of Elm Creek, NE

Second Place
Orange-flavored Raisin and Carrot Pie by Naylett LaRochelle of Miami, FL

Third Place
Raisin and Apple Strudel Pie by Christine Montalvo of West DesMoines, IA

Each of the winners receives the coveted APC Blue Ribbon and serious bragging rights. There were a total of 39 entrants in the category.

“The judges were amazed at the number and variety of California Raisin pies entered in the first year of competition,” said Larry Blagg, Senior Vice President of the California Raisin Marketing Board. “They enjoyed the creativity as they tasted combinations of California Raisins with other ingredients such as sour cream, orange peel, carrots, and the more traditional apple.”

Amateur pie bakers were required to use at least 1 cup of California Raisins in a raisin-only or other flavor pie to qualify for this new raisin category.  Pie and raisin lovers alike can visit to download the winning pie recipes and other mouth-watering recipes from the California Raisins’ extensive recipe library.

About the American Pie Council
The American Pie Council (APC) is the only organization committed to preserving America’s pie heritage and promoting America’s love affair with pies.  Designed to raise awareness, enjoyment and consumption of pies, the APC offers both Personal and Commercial Memberships. Visit for more information.

About the California Raisin Marketing Board
The California Raisin Marketing Board was created by a State Marketing Order in 1998 and is 100 percent grower funded. Its mission is to support and promote the increased use of California-grown raisins and sponsor crop production, nutrition and market research. To learn more about the California Raisin Marketing Board, visit