Congratulations to these new NASFT members accepted in August 2010!
Congratulations to these new NASFT members accepted in August 2010!
Congrats to these NASFT members celebrating big milestones as of July 1, 2010!
Byrd Cookie Company
Independent Can Company
Long Grove Confectionary Company
Good Groceries Company
Lynch Specialty Foods, Inc.
Sohn Manufacturing, Inc.
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
Wholesome Sweeteners, Inc.
Aussie Crunch, LLC
Dominion & Grimm USA
Original Gourmet Food Company, Inc.
New Grass Bison Company
La Dolce Vita
Casanova Wine Imports, LLC
Pastor Chuck Orchards, LLC
Oh Sugar, LLC
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
Sunshine International Foods, Inc.
Great Atlantic Trading, Inc.
Mishima Foods USA, Inc.
Kernel Season’s, LLC
Meyenberg Goat Milk Products
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!
This week we announced the election of three new members to our Board of Directors. They are William (Pete) Booker III, Smithfield Specialty Foods Group; Natalie King, Stonewall Kitchen and Patricia Lobel, Avenue Gourmet. In addition, three incumbents were re-elected to the board for two-year terms: Matt Nielsen, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc., Ron Straci, Rao’s Specialty Foods, Inc., and Brad Van Dam, Marich Confectionary.
The following NASFT members were elected to serve as officers on the Board of Directors for the 2010-2012 term:
Trish Pohanka of European Imports, Ltd., will continue to serve on the board, as Past Chairperson. Tim Metzger of Metzger Specialty Brands, Inc., past chairperson for the last two years and a longtime board member, has ended his Board service. Ann Daw, president of the NASFT, said, “Tim has been an outstanding board member. He has brought special expertise and enthusiasm to his role and an unparalleled commitment to helping our members and the Association thrive.”
Also serving for two-year terms are:
The 56th Summer Fancy Food Show on June 27 – 29, 2010, was a great success. Exhibit space at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City was sold out. This year’s show drew 23,304 verified attendees from across the U.S. and around the world. Attendance exceeded last year’s strong showing, which was the highest at any Fancy Food Show in the past decade.
The event is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages in North America and this year was no exception: 2,400 exhibitors filled 331,000 square feet of exhibit space. More than 80 countries presented their latest specialties, best-in-class foods and beverages, and products at the forefront of emerging trends. To view a photo gallery of the show click here.
“We are extremely pleased with our great results. There’s no question that our show is the place to be for the top buyers and suppliers of specialty food,” said Ann Daw, president of the NASFT. “Next summer’s show in Washington, DC, is already drawing strong sales. Our industry is clearly moving forward.”
The social media sites for the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc., the show’s owner, are still busy with show news and reviews. Share your show experiences and learn what your industry colleagues are saying in our communities on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn (NASFT Fancy Food Shows).
The 56th Summer Fancy Food Show was a major media magnet. The show—and scores of exhibitor products–was featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS News and Martha Stewart Radio. There was also coverage in the New York Times, New York Daily News, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Epicurious, and Condé Nast’s food site. More than 1,000 journalists attended the show from the U.S. and abroad. See coverage here.
The show draws top buyers from all major food channels. This year saw a significant jump in attendance from the foodservice sector, up an impressive 25 percent over last year. There was also a 13.5 percent increase in the number of buyers from natural and organic, specialty food retailers, supermarkets and mass merchants. Buying organizations in attendance at the show have a combined purchasing power in the billions of dollars.
The show was a who’s who of top specialty food purveyors. Some of the most important names in retailing were there, including Whole Foods, Costco, Sysco, Kroger, Winn-Dixie, Harry & David, Alaska Air, Pinkberry, Raley’s, Restaurant Associates, Barnes & Noble, Zingerman’s, The Fresh Market, and hundreds of top regional and local retailers, distributors, and importers.
The NASFT arranged 2,000 one-on-one sessions between buyers and suppliers, up from 1,343 in 2009, including 111 private sessions. These meetings were set up by NASFT staff in the months before the show. Cracker Barrel, Whole Foods, Crate & Barrel, and Kings Super Market were among the 227 retail, foodservice and distribution companies that took part in the program. The sessions got great reviews.
“The interview sessions were perfectly orchestrated – right buyer, right product and we are starting to rollout with [new] stores next month. Thank you NASFT.”
– Jeremy Isenberg, President, Chex Finer Foods.
Buyers from more than 95 countries flocked to New York for the show this year. The three-day event provides a great way to source the best foods and beverages the U.S. has to offer, plus great products from the more than 80 countries that showcased their wares. Attendees were from:
CAPE VERDE ISLANDS
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
The 38th sofi Awards were a special highlight of the show. This year was the most competitive sofi contest ever. Members submitted 2,258 of their outstanding specialty foods and beverages across all 33 categories, up from the prior high of 2,091 in 2008. All 140 Silver Finalists were featured in a special showcase at the show. Gold Winners were selected by attendees at the show, who sampled and evaluated the finalists in a special judging room monitored by an outside accounting firm.
The sofi Gold Winners were announced at a red-carpet ceremony at the show by Executive Chef Dan Barber, who is a leader in the artisanal food movement and well known for his restaurants, Blue Hill in New York City, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. The NASFT was honored to make a contribution to City Harvest in honor of Barber, in lieu of a speaking fee. City Harvest is the Fancy Food Show’s longtime charity of choice. The sofi Gold Winner for Outstanding New Product of 2010 is the South African Consulate for Rozendal Hibiscus Vinegar. View all 33 Gold Winners here.
Education sessions at the show were packed. Attendance was up 15 percent above last year. The best-attended seminars were “Understanding Pricing for a Beginning Manufacturer” and “Taking Your Products to the Marketplace.” There were 20+ seminars, tasting sessions and tours, including presentations by industry experts on trends research and roundtables on trends in Kosher, Halal, and Sustainability.
For the 21st year, Fancy Food Show exhibitors made a major donation to City Harvest, a leading anti-hunger organization in New York City. Exhibitors donated 100,000 pounds of chocolate, cheese, olive oil, snacks and much more, enough to fill eight tractor trailers. The food was collected by 250 volunteers right after the exhibit halls closed, and deployed to 200 community food pantries and soup kitchens. One recipient, the Community Food Pantry of Highbridge, Bronx, N.Y., received 2,962 pounds of food. “As an agency that serves a mostly immigrant population, we were grateful to receive high quality food that is also culturally familiar to our clients. It was a real treat for them.” — Nurah Amat’ullah, Community Food Pantry of Highbridge.
The NASFT’s media platforms were front and center at the show, including:
Tuesday, June 29th 2010 was the final day of the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center. And amid a back drop of World Cup matches that played on every television imaginable, the real focus of the day was on our exhibitors making great connections with foodservice retailers and buyers…and this year there was that in abundance.
In fact, today we learned that the Fancy Food Show had:
We also learned late in the day that the floor space for next year in Washington DC has sold at a rate we simply were not expecting and that exhibitors really need to make plans NOW for that show based on the floor space that sold throughout the show.
In addition to so many exhibitors featuring celebrity chefs, and with over 1300 media personnel in attendance, the excitement on the floor was constant. And it showed as we walked from booth to booth hearing from so many of our excited members:
But it was what happened as the show wrapped at 4pm that also left such lasting memories.
At that time, 250 volunteers and 50 staff members from City Harvest flowed into the Javits to collect the excess food from our exhibitors that they would then turn around and deliver to the needy throughout New York.
It was expected that 150,000 pounds of perishable (which went out immediately) and non perishable food was collected, loaded into colorful large boxes by the excited volunteers and then loaded out.
It was, to be honest, a touching moment and perhaps the most fitting way for us to thank New York for hosting this show.
All of us at the NASFT are so very proud of the way the 2010 Summer Fancy Food Show came to be and the impact it has had on so many.
And we surely hope to see everyone again in Washington in 2011.
What a great kick off to NASFT’s Summer Fancy Food Show! Today was a spectacular day on the west side of Manhattan. And besides the tragic loss by the US TEAM, we saw some great things on all three levels all day long.
While the Show didn’t open today there was tons going on! It all started at 8am with the largest ever Business Builders 1 to 1 program…NASFT’s version of speed dating that pairs great food innovators with distributors and retailers. Ten pure minutes of one-on-one that has the opportunity to to change lives in one meeting. (Yes, we’re that proud of it…and always will be.) We hit record breaking numbers with this program…1,500 sessions in one day! We love it and so do our participants…it is not often that tons of business happens before a show even opens!
Follow that with 6 educational seminars all about marketing, finance pricing of products and success, and you can see why each was really well attended.
Oh, and did anyone attend Space Draw for next years Fancy Food Show? All hands were on deck booking exhibit space for next year’s show that is moving to the nations capital next year. If by some chance you missed Space Draw yesterday, and are thinking about booking space you can stop by our sales office on Level 1.
The booths on every level have come to life and when you see them, you will see that this is no ordinary show. Not even for the Javits. Nothing we do is ordinary.
Hopefully, you’re following @NASFT and @FANCYFOODSHOW on Twitter (where we are posting every nuance that happens) and we KNOW that you’re with us on Facebook, aren’t you???
And then there was the President’s Reception late in the afternoon where first time exhibitors could mingle with veteran exhibitors and nasft staff in a relaxing , fun environment.
Net net…we’re thrilled that tomorrow is now just hours away.
And we want to see everyone Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
There is so much business we want to help you create…that’s our pure passion.
More tomorrow. Much more!