Happy Anniversary!

August 24, 2010

Congrats to these NASFT members celebrating big milestones as of July 1, 2010!

50-Year Member:

Byrd Cookie Company

25-Year Members:

Independent Can Company

Long Grove Confectionary Company

Good Groceries Company

Lynch Specialty Foods, Inc.

Sohn Manufacturing, Inc.

10-Year Members:

Panola Pepper Corporation

Rose Hill Enterprises, LLC

Anthony-Thomas Candy Company

Devine Foods, Inc.

Mama Lil’s Peppers

Art Mart Corporation

Howard Imprinting Machine Company

Screamin’ Mimi’s Salsa, Inc.

Superior Quality Foods, Inc.

Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc.

Wald Imports, Ltd.

Arizona Pepper Products Company, Inc.

Mom ‘n Pops, Inc.

ESM Metro New York

Food For Thought, Inc.

Stone Silo Foods, Inc.

Los Chileros De Nuevo Mexico

Thomas Catanese and Company

Valley Fig Growers

Q&B Foods, Inc.

Sisters Gourmet, Inc.

Mrs. Prindable’s Handmade Confections

FAGE USA Dairy Industry, Inc.

That’s A Nice!

Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods, LLC

Tortuga Rum Cake Company, Ltd.

La Panzanella, LLC

Arturo’s Hot Flavors of Hawaii

5-Year Members:

Wholesome Sweeteners, Inc.

Aussie Crunch, LLC

Dominion & Grimm USA

Original Gourmet Food Company, Inc.

New Grass Bison Company

La Dolce Vita

Langford Foods

SaltWorks, Inc.

Casanova Wine Imports, LLC

Housewaresdirect, Inc.

Pastor Chuck Orchards, LLC

Savor California

Hint, Inc.

Oh Sugar, LLC

Wine-A-Rita, LLC

Celtic Passions

Tidewater Foods & Catering, LLC

Stella Cadente Olive Oil Company

Ariston Specialties, LLC

Rosa Mexicano Kitchen

Fresh Food Sales and Marketing

Ellie’s Country Delights, Inc.

ZT Packaging & Merchandising, Inc.


El Pinto Foods, LLC

Koeze Company

Sunshine International Foods, Inc.

Great Atlantic Trading, Inc.

Mishima Foods USA, Inc.

Kernel Season’s, LLC

Meyenberg Goat Milk Products

Mareblu Naturals

American Natural & Organic Spices

Brockmann’s Chocolate, Inc.

Creative Foods, Inc.

War Eagle Mill, Inc.

Marque Foods, Inc.

We are announcing this year’s 50-year and 25-year milestones today. http://bit.ly/domvUM

Congratulations to everyone!


Office move… sofi Awards competition… Summer Fancy Food Show…and what you say? A new specialtyfood.com? Wow!

April 7, 2010

By Vivian Friess,  Marketing Manager
Yep, that was my reaction when I first joined NASFT four months ago and learned about some of the big projects the association was undertaking in 2010. Now that we have relocated to 136 Madison Ave, started the preparation for the judging of this year’s sofi Awards, kicked off the marketing of the Summer Fancy Food Show, it’s time for the debut of the new specialtyfood.com.

And I have to say, the new site has a great design and you’ll find it so much easier to navigate through the various services that we provide you. From getting the latest industry updates in the News & Trends section to finding and connecting with fellow members in the NASFT Community, the information you’re looking for is just a click away.

But what’s more impressive is that now all information related to the Summer (or Winter) Fancy Food Show is organized under one “roof” and you can get to it from the home page easily. If you have time, browse through this section of the site and get familiar with it. But if you’re in a hurry, take a look at the list below for a quick start.

If you’re looking for products and companies, a Fancy Food Show exhibitor or creating a Show Planner

If you’re looking to register to attend the Summer Fancy Food Show as an attendee, exhibitor or member of the press:

  • Go to the Fancy Food Show section, choose Summer Fancy Food Show then click on Badge Registration on the left side navigation. Or simply click here.

If you’re looking to sign up for education programs at the upcoming Summer Show:

  • Go to the Fancy Food Show section, choose Summer Fancy Food Show then click on Education on the left side navigation. Or simply click here.

If you’re exhibiting at the upcoming Summer Show and want to access Exhibitor Services:

Well, I hope you like our new Specialtyfood.com and happy browsing!

Winter Fancy Food Show Attendance up 9 percent–Renewed Momentum for Specialty Food Industry

January 27, 2010

New York, N.Y. (Jan. 27, 2010) – The 35th Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco last week had the highest attendance of any Winter Show in the past five years. The three-day event at Moscone Center, which ended Jan. 19,

Opening Day of the Winter Show. Over 16,500 people attendeed this year..a 9% increase from last year.

drew 16,780 buyers of specialty food from across the U.S. and around the world.

The show’s 1,300 exhibitors presented 80,000 specialty products from the U.S. and 45 countries, including Australia, Italy, Korea and Tunisia. There were 184 first-time exhibitors, and space was sold out for a pavilion featuring emerging food entrepreneurs. Participation was up 47 percent for the education program of 19 seminars, workshops and tours.

“The mood was very positive,” says Ann Daw, president of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade in New York City. “There is clearly positive momentum in our industry as consumers start to spend again on distinctive foods and beverages that add enjoyment to their meals.”

The Winter Fancy Food Show is the largest marketplace for specialty food on the West Coast. Attendees this year represented some of the most important names in retailing, including Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Amazon.com, Macy’s, numerous local and regional specialty and natural food stores, gift shops, and even Alaska Airlines. They were in search of the next hot products and the best in chocolate, cheese, olive oil, salsas, snacks and more.

A huge variety of olives were part of 80,000 specialty products to see and taste

Trends that generated buzz included good-for-you-foods; coconut products; gluten-free; exotic citrus and nostalgic foods. There were new twists on bacon, including as ingredients in pancake mix and nut brittle, and flavors from India, Japan, and Morocco were plentiful. Craft beers were featured at a new pavilion from the Brewer’s Association, and dozens of artisan cheeses were presented by the American Cheese Society.

Exhibitors have a long tradition of giving back. This year amid continuing economic hardship for many Americans, exhibitors donated a record 130,000 pounds of food, enough to fill three tractor trailers, to Bay Area anti-hunger programs. More than 5,000 families received grocery bags filled with specialty items. Amid the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Haiti, the NASFT urged exhibitors to support relief efforts with financial contributions, and provided information on organizations that are collecting funds. The trade association also pledged to match contributions made by its staff members.

The NASFT presents two Fancy Food Shows each year. The 56th Summer Fancy Food Show will be June 27 – 29, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The Winter Show returns to Moscone Center Jan. 16 – 18, 2011.


Ron Tanner, VP, Communications & Education; 646-878-0115, rtanner@nasft.org
Louise Kramer, Communications Director; 646-878-0130, lkramer@nasft.org