Specialty Food Association to Honor Industry Leaders

Nominations Sought for Second Annual Leadership Awards

NEW YORK (Sept. 24, 2013) – The Specialty Food Association is seeking nominations for its second annual Leadership Awards to recognize Association members who are true leaders in the $86 billion specialty food industry.
The awards are given in three categories: Citizenship, Business Leadership, and Vision. They honor individuals who are advancing food standards in society by creating social, economic and environmental impact through innovation and vision.
“The specialty food industry is fueled by passionate entrepreneurs who care not only about bringing great food to market, but about having a positive impact on society. Our Leadership Awards celebrate their outstanding contributions in the workplace, community, and beyond,” says Ann Daw, president of the Specialty Food Association.
Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, Oct. 22 at specialtyfood.com/leadership awards. Nominations may be made by Association members and individuals outside the association. A panel of specialty food professionals and industry influencers will convene at the Specialty Food Association in New York to evaluate the entries and select winners. Winners will be honored at a special ceremony at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The show takes place Jan. 19 – 21, 2014, at Moscone Center.
Winners of the 2013 Leadership Awards were:
Citizenship: Nasser Abufarha, founder, Canaan Fair Trade, Camas, Wash.
Business Leadership: Shawn Askinosie, founder and owner, Askinosie Chocolate, Springfield, Mo.
Vision: Karlene Hunter, co-founder and chief executive, Native American Natural Foods, Kyle, S.D.
Learn more at specialtyfood.com/leadershipawards.
About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association 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 Fancy Food Shows and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. For more information on the association, go to specialtyfood.com.

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