Specialty Food Magazine

Summer 2019

Specialty Food Magazine is the leading publication for retailers, manufacturers and foodservice professionals in the specialty food trade. It provides news, trends and business-building insights that help readers keep their businesses competitive.

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Overheard at the 2019 SFA Business Summit The SFA's 2019 Business Summit took place April 7-9 in Chicago. Over the course of the three-day event, industry experts spoke on topics like digital transforma- tion, finance, the importance of brand storytelling, and more. Here are a few gems of advice shared during the summit's insight-packed sessions. Compiled by Arielle Feger "Thinking like a monk can help you transform your email and content marketing. Assess your communications even if it means pausing them." —Dhaval Patel, consultant "Transformational leaders drive change by intentionally communicating, engaging, and empowering champions, and investing in time for learning and practice." —Robby Riggs, co-founder, Sana Sano Consulting "I've never seen a store, no matter how planogrammed, that didn't have opportunity for improvement. You can make things happen." —Clayton Christopher, co-founder, Cavu Venture Partners "Consumers can decide when they want to buy, how, and where. It's really up to them and we need to evolve and adjust to meet their expectations." —Katie Butman, vice president, account management, Upshot "Doing freight right adds to your bottom line. It's a place where a lot of money can be lost, including in sales if your product isn't getting where it needs to be." —Jack Acree, executive vice president, Saffron Road Foods "Strategy is really, really, really simple. It's about focus and discipline. Strategy means setting priorities." —Dave Donnan, partner emeritus, A.T. Kearney "First, architect the culture you want, then hire the people you need." —Robert Glazer, founder and CEO, Acceleration Partners Germany is Partner Country of Summer Fancy Food Show Germany will be the partner country for the 2019 Summer Fancy Food Show, taking place June 23-25 in New York City. "It's wonderful to have Germany as our partner country for the 2019 Summer Fancy Food Show," says Phil Kafarakis, presi- dent of the Specialty Food Association. "The German Pavilion will showcase an array of outstanding specialties and innova- tive products from across Germany. While much of German cuisine is well- known in the United States, there are wonderful new products we look forward to tasting at the show." The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture is organizing the joint company presenta- tion in the largest pavilion the country has ever hosted at a Fancy Food Show. Information and light refresh- ments from Germany will be available at the pavilion's show-kitchen and there will be German candy produc- tion onsite. —A.F. association news 28 ❘ SPECIALTY FOOD MAGAZINE specialtyfood.com

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