Specialty Food Retailers

  • Today’s Specialty Food Consumer 2014 – Summary Report

    Produced by the Specialty Food Association and Mintel International and released in September 2014, this 16-page summary report contains key statistics on the consumers buying specialty food today.

  • The State of the Specialty Food Industry 2014 – Summary Report

    Learn how the specialty food industry performed in 2013 with industry statistics and insights (released in April 2014) to help you understand the potential for growth and the dynamics of change in this market. Also available as an hour long webinar via the WEBINAR tab on this page.

  • Pricing: from The Basics: The Business of Specialty Foods

    This comprehensive excerpt from The Basics: The Business of Specialty Foods focuses on how to determine the right price, calculate cost of goods sold, figure percentage gross margin, understand profit margins, and more.

  • Today’s Specialty Food Consumer 2013 – FULL REPORT

    Produced by the Specialty Food Association and Mintel International and released in October 2013, this FULL REPORT is available at no charge only to Association members and has a value of $3,000.

  • Today’s Specialty Food Consumer 2013 – Summary Report

    Produced by the Specialty Food Association and Mintel International and released in October 2013, this summary report was originally produced in Specialty Food Magazine and contains key statistics on the consumers buying specialty food today.

  • The State of the Specialty Food Industry 2013 – Summary Report

    Learn how the specialty food industry performed in 2012 with industry statistics and insights (released in April 2013) to help you understand the potential for growth and the dynamics of change in this market. Also available as an hour long webinar via the WEBINAR tab on this page.

  • The State of the Specialty Food Industry 2013 - Full Report

    Learn how the specialty food industry performed in 2012 with industry statistics and insights only Specialty Food Association members have access to this valuable 100 page full report at no charge!

  • Connecting the Dots: Collaborative Best Practices for Specialty Foods

    Released in fall 2012, this is a must-have document for anyone working in today's evolving specialty food marketplace.

  • Harvest Celebration Meet & Greet & Eat

    DATE: Monday, November 3, 2014 | TIME: 4:00PM - 6:00PM | DEADLINE: Thursday, October 30, 2014 | LOCATION: Crown Maple, 47 McCourt Road, Dover Plains, NY 12522 | The Specialty Food Association’s Local/Regional initiative focuses on creating community within the Hudson Valley, Portland, Oregon and North Bay, California areas by offering educational and networking opportunities to link those at all levels in the food industry.

  • Holidaze North Bay: The Best and Worst of Times

    DATE: Thursday, November 13, 2014 | TIME: 4:00PM - 6:00PM | DEADLINE: Monday, November 10, 2014 | LOCATION: Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901 | The Specialty Food Association’s Local/Regional initiative focuses on creating community within the Hudson Valley, Portland, Oregon and North Bay, California areas by offering educational and networking opportunities to link those at all levels in the food industry.

  • Holidaze Portland: The Best and Worst of Times

    DATE: Monday, November 10, 2014 | TIME: 4:00PM - 6:00PM | DEADLINE: Thursday, November 6, 2014 | LOCATION: Mercy Corps., 45 SW Ankeny Street Portland, Oregon 97204 | The Specialty Food Association’s Local/Regional initiative focuses on creating community within the Hudson Valley, Portland, Oregon and North Bay, California areas by offering educational and networking opportunities to link those at all levels in the food industry.

  • Hudson Valley Mentoring Whirlwind

    DATE: March 18, 2014 | TIME: 3:00PM - 5:00PM | DEADLINE: 11:59pm, March 14, 2014 | LOCATION: The Rhinecliff Hotel 4 Grinnell St, Rhinecliff, NY 12574 | Join the Specialty Food Association and industry leaders in this “speed-mentoring” style roundtable session. Receive targeted and immediate feedback on specific topics with experts from the region.

  • Specialty Food Association Share Group: Texas

    DATE: November 5, 2014 | TIME: 4:00PM - 6:00PM | DEADLINE: November 3, 2014 | LOCATION: Austin, TX: Central Market Westgate 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78745 | These meetings of specialty food professionals are structured and moderated by Specialty Food Association’s Executive Staff and intended to allow participants to openly share issues and exchange ideas in a safe setting while building support within the community.

  • The Food Safety Modernization Act For Specialty Food Association Members: A Manual

    Gain a better understanding of the Food Safety Modernization Act with our comprehensive FSMA manual. Included in the document are summaries of key terms, important definitions and helpful suggestions for businesses both large and small.

  • Specialty Food Association Share Group: Los Angeles

    DATE: November 11, 2014 | TIME: 4:00PM - 6:00PM | DEADLINE: November 7, 2014 | LOCATION: Farmshop 225 26th Street Ste 25 Santa Monica, California 90402 | These meetings of specialty food professionals are structured and moderated by Specialty Food Association’s Executive Staff and intended to allow participants to openly share issues and exchange ideas in a safe setting while building support within the community.

  • Specialty Food Association Share Group: San Francisco, CA

    DATE: November 12, 2014 | TIME: 4:00PM - 6:00PM | DEADLINE: November 7, 2014 | LOCATION: San Francisco, CA: 18 Reasons 3674 18th Street, San Francisco, CA | These meetings of specialty food professionals are structured and moderated by Specialty Food Association’s Executive Staff and intended to allow participants to openly share issues and exchange ideas in a safe setting while building support within the community.

  • The Non-GMO Project

    The Non-GMO Project provides readers with simple and effective explanations of the highly controversial GMO topic and the non-GMO Project’s commitment to providing the highest quality food to consumers.

  • Category Leadership in Today's Retail Environment (+ Consumer Decision Trees by Category)

    Category Leadership in Today's Retail Environment provides NASFT members with a clear understanding of the buyer decision making process at retail and gives recommended insights and approaches required to present specialty food brands and products to retailers.

  • Glossary of Natural & Organic Terminology

    Cut to the chase with this no-nonsense glossary of terms crucial for today's specialty food professional.

  • Organic & Natural Food Standards

    The Specialty Food Association White Paper on Organic & Natural Food Standards outlines the USDA Organic Standards as it pertains to specialty foods along with the de facto natural standards. Labeling requirements for organic and the retailers stance on natural product standards are also discussed in this summary document.

  • Kosher Food Holiday Guide 2011-2014

    Open your eyes to the world of Kosher Food Holiday promotions with the Specialty Food Association’s latest publication detailing notable Jewish holidays with detailed descriptions of the traditions and the ever-important food that completes the occasion. Keep this handy guide close by when the holiday season is approaching and be better prepared than ever to sell & promote foods to support this growing buying population.

  • The Specialty Food Association Guide to Successful Demos

    How to Plan and Produce Demos that Drive Sales: Create and implement a sales-boosting demo program using this hands-on guide filled with checklists, sample forms and worksheets.

  • Sensational Customer Service: From Idea to Action

    One of the most important elements in running a specialty food business is providing strong customer service.

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2012 SUMMER EDUCATION

Washington D.C. - June 16 - June 19