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2014 Leadership Awards

The Awards honor influential and innovative entrepreneurs who are transforming the way the specialty food industry does business.

The Leadership Awards from the Specialty Food Association recognize Association members who are true leaders in the $86 billion specialty food industry, and beyond. Those recognized are advancing food standards in society by creating social, economic and environmental impact through innovation and vision. A panel of specialty food professionals and industry influencers will convene at the Specialty Food Association offices in New York to evaluate the entries and select the winners. Winners will be honored at a special ceremony at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The show takes place Jan. 19 – 21, 2014, at Moscone Center.

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Awards Criteria

The awards honor leaders whose work is exceptional in these arenas:

  • Ethics
  • Professionalism
  • Transparency
  • Practices and business models
  • Advancing food standards
  • Championing positive role of food in society

Entry Regulations

The Leadership Awards are open to Specialty Food Association members in good standing; annual dues must be paid or the entry will be disqualified. Nominations are welcome from individuals outside the Association; however the nominee must be an Association member.

* All forms and information about nominees must arrive together.

Awards Categories


For improving the lives of people and communities in areas such as the environment, sustainability, hunger relief and literacy.

Business Leadership

For advancing best practices in the food industry to create economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for food industry personnel.


For pioneering new approaches, innovative products and business models that have set in motion positive change and progress.

To learn about becoming a Specialty Food Association member, go to the Membership Page here.


2014 Leadership Awards is no longer accepting nominations.



October 2014


November 2014

The panel of independent judges convenes to review entries and select honorees.


December 2014


January 2015

The 2015 Leadership Awards Ceremony will be held at the
upcoming Winter Fancy
Food Show in San Francisco