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The Specialty Food Association, working with Mintel, has released its 2020-2021 Edition of the State of the Specialty Food Industry. The annual research helps companies make data-driven business decisions by exploring the market and where it is going based on sales forecasts in key categories, and how the specialty food consumer is evolving. Critical this year is the impact of COVID-19; analysis and supply chain commentary put the data in context of the pandemic and its effects on the industry. You can purchase the State of the Specialty Food Industry Full Report…

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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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Specialty Food Foundation Appoints Board, Restarts Programs

The Specialty Food Foundation has adopted new bylaws and appointed a new board of directors in an effort to restart programs to alleviate food waste and encourage food recovery. Established in Washington, DC in 2014 as a 501(c)(3) charity, the Foundation has limited its activity in the past three years to managing food recovery at the Fancy Food Shows and sponsoring Embrace Hunger Relief Month to encourage those in the specialty food industry to give back. The new Foundation board members are: Nora Weiser, former executive director of American Cheese…

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How to Sell Specialty Food to Foodservice

Selling specialty food to foodservice is a great way to get your products in front of consumers, which can help lead to getting your product on retail shelves. The barriers and cost to get into foodservice are relatively low, which makes it a great opportunity for specialty food makers. Chris Doering, sales leader for European Imports, Sysco Food Service’s specialty food division, provided the following tips during an SFA Ask the Expert webinar, about how specialty food makers can break into the foodservice arena.  It’s All About Application Products of all sizes…

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NFL Player, Specialty Food Veteran Form Retail Partnership

A former professional football player is partnering with a veteran of the specialty food industry to open a new supermarket banner in Birmingham, Alabama. Karlos Dansby, a former National Football League linebacker who played with several teams—and has not yet formally retired, although he last played in 2017—is planning to open two Dansby’s Foods locations in Birmingham this fall. A 50,000-square-foot store will take over the site of a former Winn-Dixie supermarket in the western area of the city, and will focus on upscale and locally sourced foods, according to…

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Virginia Specialty Food & Beverage Association Relaunches

The Virginia Specialty Food & Beverage Association has relaunched, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The nonprofit, originally founded in 1947, is a member-driven trade association that has a mission to provide its membership with educational, marketing, and sales opportunities that grow their businesses and promote their passion for creating the finest, diverse specialty food products throughout the state. Scott D Stephens has been selected as the association’s executive director and will lead the launch and rebranding. Stephens has been in the specialty food industry for…

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Specialty Food Makers Support Frontline Workers

Specialty food makers are providing food and beverages to hospital workers, emergency responders, and others serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic through the Frontline Impact Project, an initiative launched as a partnership between The Kind Foundation and Project N95. “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the specialty food community,” Michael Johnston, president of The Kind Foundation, told Specialty Food News. “Brands like Saffron Road, Belgian Boys, and Justin’s were some of the first to join our effort, and since then dozens of companies, small and…

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Guidelines for Specialty Food Manufacturing Post-COVID

“There is a lot of anxiety and concern within the food manufacturing community, especially with all of the outbreaks happening across the country,” said Jeni Lamb Rogers, MS, JD during SFA’s June regulatory conference call. “The best things you can do is stay current on federal and local guidelines, and document every decision you make in order to keep your facility safe.” Rogers shared the following best practices for food manufacturers looking to protect employees and consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Creating a Framework Have a written preparedness plan including…

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Specialty Food Association Names Bill Lynch Interim President

Bill Lynch has been appointed the interim president of the Specialty Food Association by the SFA’s Board of Directors. Lynch, who has 20 years of experience with the Association, will take over the leadership position as the contract expires for the current president, Phil Kafarakis. Kafarakis will assist Lynch over the coming month to take over leadership duties. “The Specialty Food Association and its members have held a special place in my heart for the last 20-plus years. I am passionate about this organization and its members and am honored…

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Restaurants Become Specialty Food Retailers

Many of the thousands of restaurants across the country that have closed during the COVID-19 pandemic have begun selling grocery items from their inventories in order to drive sales and provide a service to their communities. Some of those have become like neighborhood gourmet convenience stores, offering specialty or house-made retail products along with everyday staples like milk, bread, and eggs. Olmsted in New York City, for example, recently reopened as a specialty food store called Olmsted Trading Post, offering its popular Aji Dulce Hot Sauce, fruit preserves, duck liver…

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