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Specialty Food Association Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Specialty Food Association Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees


New York, NY
Monday, May 7th, 2018

The Specialty Food Association (SFA) announced who it will be inducting into the SFA Hall of Fame, and the list is notably impressive. In a press release, SFA stated that this year’s honorees come from SFA’s diverse membership and each individual represents the innovation and business know-how of the ever-growing $140 billion-dollar specialty food industry.

Phil Kafarakis, President, Specialty Food Assosciation“The mission of Specialty Food Association Hall of Fame is to honor individuals who have achieved innovative success while making a positive impact within the industry,” said Phil Kafarakis, President. “This year’s honorees are specialty food pioneers who have been integral to industry growth and exemplify the Vision of our Association, ‘To Shape the Future of Food.’”

Buyers, importers, and makers showcase the variety and reach of specialty foods, and the 2018 Inductees are no exception.

2018 SFA Hall of Fame inductees Sue Conley and Peg Smith, Co-Founders of Cowgirl Creamery

2018 Inductees include:

  • Fran Bigelow, Fran’s Chocolates
  • Annie Chun and Stephen Broad, Annie Chun’s/gimMe Snacks
  • Sue Conley and Peg Smith, Cowgirl Creamery
  • Craig and Cindy Makela, Santa Barbara Olive Co, California Coast Naturals, Oleavicin
  • Russell McCall, Gourmet Foods International
  • Sam Mogannam, Bi-Rite Family of Businesses
  • Doug Renfro, Renfro Foods, Inc.
  • Nassem Ziyad, Ziyad Brothers Importing

As part of SFA’s special event, “SFA Recognition: Celebrating Our Legacy,” these individuals will be honored at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York the evening of July 1, 2018. Held at the Javits Center, the event will also include the Association’s Lifetime Achievement Awards.

For updated reports on the specialty food industry, keep reading Deli Market News.

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