Launch of New Brand, Sold-Out Exhibit Halls
NEW YORK (June 30, 2013) – The Summer Fancy Food Show opens today with sold-out exhibit halls, a new look, and positive momentum for the $86 billion specialty food industry.
Now in its 59th year, the show is the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages in North America and a must-attend event for top names in retailing and foodservice in the U.S. and abroad. The show runs through Tuesday, July 2 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
This year’s event marks the official launch of the Specialty Food Association’s new brand to promote and recognize the industry: Specialty Food. Craft. Care. Joy. The newly-named Association, formerly the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc., created, owns and operates the Fancy Food Show.
Returning to its longtime home in New York after two years in Washington, D.C., the show is the largest to date, with 354,000 square feet of exhibit space. More than 2,400 companies from across the United States and 80 countries and regions are presenting their latest cheeses, chocolates, vinegars, oils, grains and other specialty foods at the event.
“Our show celebrates the passion and creativity that fuel specialty food,” says Ann Daw, president of the Specialty Food Association. “This is our largest show ever, and center stage are new and innovative foods and beverages that come directly from people who care about producing top-quality food.”
Show highlights include a keynote address on taste and innovation by internationally-acclaimed Chef Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Red Rooster in Harlem and The New York Times bestselling author of Yes, Chef. He will also present the 41st annual sofi Awards for the outstanding specialty foods of the year, and awards for the Outstanding Specialty Food Retailers of the year.
- Full menu of workshops and seminars, including “Start-Up Sunday” for beginning food entrepreneurs and roundtables on the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act
- Cooking demos from top chefs presented by the Specialty Food Association and Cooking Channel, including José Andrés, Sara Moulton, Kelsey Nixon and Roger Mooking
- New Brands on the Shelf pavilion featuring 34 industry newcomers
- Panel on GMO-labeling debate
- Donation of 150,000+ pounds of specialty food to City Harvest at show’s end
Fancy Food Show Details
Press Registration: The Summer Fancy Food Show is a trade-only event. The Specialty Food Association provides complimentary press badges to qualified media. Learn more and register.
Exhibitor News: specialtyfood.com/summernews
Fancy Food Show App: Exhibitor List, Maps, and more:specialtyfood.com/showapp
About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2012. It is a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs established in 1952 in New York to foster commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. Today there are more than 3,000 members in the U.S. and abroad. The Specialty Food Association operates the Summer and Winter Fancy Food Shows and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. For more information on the association, go to specialtyfood.com.