SFA Announces New Board, Provides Event Updates

The Specialty Food Association, whose Governance Committee and Board of Directors have worked over the past year to modernize the governance of the Association, announced its new directors during its annual Member Meeting, Monday. The new Board reflects a diverse set of members, with existing directors elected to serve one- and two-year terms and new directors elected to serve three-year terms: Three-Year Terms (2020 – 2023) Pierre Abushacra (maker, Firehook Bakery) Sana Javeri Kadri (maker, Diaspora Co.) Tyler Lowell (broker, CA Fortune) Sarah Masoni (affiliate, Oregon State University Food Innovation…

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SFA Releases State of the Specialty Food Industry, 2020-2021 Edition

The Specialty Food Association, working with Mintel, has released the 2020-2021 Edition of The State of the Specialty Food Industry report. The annual research explores the market and where it is going based on sales data from the past three calendar years, sales forecasts in key categories, and a consumer survey that tracks behaviors, preferences, and generational differences shifting the market. This year’s research includes analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the specialty food industry, including supply chain commentary, to provide insight on market ramifications, challenges, and opportunities in…

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SFA Webinar: Consumers, COVID-19, and The New Realities Of Retail

In another SFA Ask the Expert webinar, taking place Thursday, June 25 at 1 p.m. EST, Forrester VP/Principal Analyst, Brendan Witcher, will talk about Consumers, COVID-19, and The New Realities Of Retail. Witcher will reveal key changes in consumer behavior (and what will stick), the myths and realities of what you’re hearing in the headlines, and most importantly, what other B2C brands and retailers are doing today to remain relevant going into the second half of 2020. Register now. Source link

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SFA Names Lifetime Achievement Award Winners, Hall of Fame Inductees

The Specialty Food Association is proud to recognize its 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winners and Hall of Fame inductees which were drawn from the talented membership of the SFA and have helped build the $150 billion specialty food industry. “Each year we are privileged to honor and recognize the work of remarkable people in our industry who have been successful pioneers in innovative products and services,” said Bill Lynch, SFA’s interim president. “This year’s honorees demonstrate the range of our membership—makers, importers and manufacturers, retailers, an industry champion, and the…

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SFA Refunds Exhibitors, Cuts Operating Costs

The Specialty Food Association has refunded or extended credit for future Fancy Food Shows to the vast majority of its Summer Fancy Food Show exhibitors (81 percent) a month after announcing that the show, which had been scheduled for June 28-30, would not take place as planned due to COVID-19-related events outside of its control. “We knew that our members would have problems with cash flow and liquidity so we immediately moved our organization around to plan for the refund issuing process so that it would be very fast,” said…

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SFA, Rutgers Team to Bring Specialty Food to Those in Need

Since February, thousands of specialty food products have been arriving at the Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University in Bridgeton, NJ, in preparation for the Specialty Food Association’s sofi Award judging. Due to the pandemic, the judging has been delayed, leaving a large assortment of perishable delicacies needing a home. Thanks to the generosity of the participating companies who entered products to be judged, FIC and the Specialty Food Association collaborated to ensure that those perishable foods have been donated to feed local area residents. “Our members are dedicated to…

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SFA Risk Mitigation Webinar Recap: Managing Forward in an Unsettled Economy

During the SFA’s Business Continuity: Risk Mitigation Planning webinar series, industry experts assist SFA members with challenges related to the current unsettled business environment. In this installment, Gerber Finance CEO Jennifer Palmer and director of development Augusta Melendez address how the current market may be affecting business and how as business owners we can grow, save or manage forward during this uncertain time.    The following tips were given: Review your budget and be prepared to revise weekly, said Palmer. Don’t be afraid to prepare for the worst case scenario. Communicate…

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SFA Webinar Series: Regulatory Considerations for Food Manufacturers and Marketers

Specialty Food Magazine Read the current digital edition In this newly redesigned issue of Specialty Food, retailers, suppliers, and foodservice operators weigh in on what to expect in 2020, from legislative and regulatory concerns to technology trends. Food trend prognostications from the SFA’s Trendspotter Panel, including gochujang, barley, anchovies, and many others, are also featured. The inspiring stories of the 2020 Leadership Award winners, who’ve demonstrated excellence in the categories of Business Leadership, Citizenship, and Vision, are also profiled in the pages of the first issue of the year.…

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SFA Webinar Series: Top 10 Legal Considerations During Unsettled Times

The SFA invites its members to attend a free webinar on Thursday, March 19, at 1 p.m. EST to discuss the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on small food businesses and how they can be prepared. Join the SFA’s legal counsel Brian Schneider and his colleagues from the law firm Arent Fox LLP, as they address the top 10 legal considerations for SFA members, including insurance, contracts, employment, OSHA, and other key considerations. This is the first of a webinar series in which experts will assist SFA members with challenges related to the…

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