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Specialty Food Association Announces 2024 Leadership Awards; Denise Purcell Shares

Specialty Food Association Announces 2024 Leadership Awards; Denise Purcell Shares


NEW YORK, NY
Thursday, December 28th, 2023

Specialty food leaders from all different walks of the industry were recently spotlighted by the Specialty Food Association (SFA). The organization named the six recipients of its Leadership Awards for their impactful industry contributions.

Denise Purcell, Vice President, Resource Development, Specialty Food Association“The specialty food industry is full of inspiring individuals growing their businesses and making a difference in the world,” said Denise Purcell, Vice President, Resource Development for the SFA. “The scope of our Leadership Awards recognizes those who are impacting their local and global communities, championing specialty foods to consumers, and leading visionary businesses to advance the industry.”

The Leadership Awards honorees include:

  • Phil Meldrum, FoodMatch: Citizenship, for improving the lives of people and communities through ethical business practices or philanthropic work (e.g., hunger relief, literacy, childhood nutrition)
  • Anna Hammond, Matriark Foods: Emerging Leader, recognition for an individual in business for less than five years demonstrating outstanding leadership in any of the award categories
  • Antonio McBroom, Primo Partners: Equity & Inclusion, for demonstrating business leadership in advancing best practices in the food industry to create economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for food industry personnel (e.g., employee benefits, equitable practices, diversity and inclusion, engaging and motivating employees in innovative ways)
  • Paul Abbott, Giant Eagle: Outstanding Buyer, for championing specialty foods through excellence in product sourcing, merchandising, marketing, or mentoring of food companies
  • Paul Willis, Niman Ranch: Sustainability, for environmental stewardship through sustainable production, ingredient use, packaging, waste reduction, animal welfare, eco- or climate-friendly practices
  • Diego Silva, Avatar Natural Foods: Vision, for pioneering new approaches, innovative products, and business models that have set in motion positive change and progress

The Specialty Food Association has named the six recipients of its Leadership Awards for their impactful industry contributions

According to a press release, profiles of the winners will appear in the Winter Fancy Food Show edition of Specialty Food magazine, which will be available at the 2024 Winter Fancy Food Show.

Congratulations to the honorees!

Specialty Food Association
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