Specialty Food Association Recognizes Three Industry Leaders with Lifetime Achievement Awards


NEW YORK (June 11, 2019) – Three specialty food pioneers will be recognized by the Specialty Food Association at the upcoming Summer Fancy Food Show. To honor their contributions to the nearly $150 billion specialty food industry, Lifetime Achievement Awards will be given to Benny Curl of Byrd Cookie Company; Ariane Daguin of D’Artagnan; and Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill. 

“The Specialty Food Association Lifetime Achievement Awards celebrate individuals who have made a lasting impact on the specialty food industry,” said Phil Kafarakis, president of the Association. “The 2019 honorees – a cookie giant, a trailblazing high-end meat purveyor, and the patriarch of America’s whole grain movement – are all inspirational business leaders. They reflect the diversity, creativity, and dedication to producing quality foods that are mainstays of our membership.”

Selected by the Recognition Industry Work Group, the 2019 honorees will be celebrated the evening of Sunday, June 23, 5:30-6:30pm, in the River Pavilion of the Javits Center. The event will also include the Association’s Hall of Fame. To read more about the Lifetime Achievement winners click here.

The Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest trade-only marketplace for specialty food and beverages in North America, featuring more than 200,000 food and beverage products from around the world. Registration for the Fancy Food Show is at fancyfoodshows.com.

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About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers, and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,800 members in the U.S. and abroad with resources, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food.

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