Specialty Food Magazine

FALL 2017

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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association news Message from President Phil Kafarakis The range of experience in our industry is enormous. From start-ups piloted by young, energetic entrepreneurs, to more established businesses with somewhat grayer heads at the helm, we are a microcosm of American business ingenuity. The winners of our Lifetime Achievement recognition, profiled in this issue, are sterling examples of how enriching a career in specialty food can be. As we watch the changes taking place at large corporate food companies, we can remain heartened by specialty food's continuing growth and innovation. While the "big guys" seem to be struggling for relevance and changing too slowly to address consumer trends, we're on top of it! The energy we bring to the national economy and our communities is immeasurable— it's more than just dollars and cents, it's about having a positive local impact, acting sustainably, re-purposing, maintaining traditions, and exploring technological possibilities. Lifetime Achievement isn't the only thing we celebrate at SFA. Our annual Leadership Awards focus on the good work SFA members are doing for their employees, neighbors, and the world. The stories our winners share are inspiring and I look forward to hearing them every year. They're just the tip of a larger iceberg too. I urge you to attend the Leadership Awards ceremony in San Francisco during our Winter Fancy Food Show. You'll have a chance to hear our winners firsthand and to meet them after the ceremony. They'll give you stories and ideas that you'll want to take home and share with friends and colleagues. Of course, the show itself should not be missed. Have you registered yet? Go to fancyfoodshows.com to sign up today. We look forward to seeing you in California, January 21 – 23. We have some great surprises in store! Phil Kafarakis President, Specialty Food Association Follow me @PresidentSFA Message from the President FALL 2017 21

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