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Chairperson: SHAWN MCBRIDE, FOAH INTERNATIONAL Chairperson: SHAWN MCBRIDE, FOAH INTERNATIONAL

SHAWN MCBRIDE,is Vice President of Foah International, LLC, a family-owned specialty food company which is based in Atlanta. Foah offers unique Italian specialty foods and sells to national chains and major importers. Shawn has been in the food industry since 1983, when she first teamed ...

Vice Chairperson: BECKY RENFRO BORBOLLA, RENFRO FOODS, INC. Vice Chairperson: BECKY RENFRO BORBOLLA, RENFRO FOODS, INC.

BECKY RENFRO BORBOLLA  is vice president and co-owner of Renfro Foods, Inc., a third-generation, family-owned manufacturer of specialty foods based in Fort Worth, TX. Among its products, Renfro Foods produces a line of gourmet salsas with easy-to-use recipes on the jar label under the Mrs. ...

Treasurer: MATT NIELSEN, NIELSEN-MASSEY VANILLAS Treasurer: MATT NIELSEN, NIELSEN-MASSEY VANILLAS

MATT NIELSEN With vanilla in his blood, so to speak, Matt decided at an early age that his life’s work would be in the family business, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc., SFA member since 1981. Nielsen-Massey is recognized as the premier brand in pure vanillas and flavors ...

Secretary: JACK ACREE, SAFFRON ROAD FOODS Secretary: JACK ACREE, SAFFRON ROAD FOODS

JACK ACREE has been an active member of the Specialty Food Association (SFA) for 20 years. Jack’s first Fancy Food Show was as vice president of sales and marketing for Terra Chips. Jack was at Terra Chips for the first five years of its extraordinary ...

DEBORAH HOLT, RIPPLE BRAND COLLECTIVE DEBORAH HOLT, RIPPLE BRAND COLLECTIVE

DEBORAH HOLT was recruited to join the Ripple Brand Collective as chief marketing officer in late 2012 to develop a marketing and brand strategy for a newly developed chocolate concept with no distribution. Formerly the vice president of sales and marketing at Ciao Bella Gelato ...

WM. W. (PETE) BOOKER III, SMITHFIELD SPECIALTY FOODS GROUP WM. W. (PETE) BOOKER III, SMITHFIELD SPECIALTY FOODS GROUP

WM. W. (PETE) BOOKER, III  is the corporate vice president and general manager of the Smithfield Specialty Foods Group, commanding a product offering of more than 200 specialty food items. These products include The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg signature peanuts and other fine nuts, the ...

SUSAN ERIKSEN , CHAR CRUST, INC. SUSAN ERIKSEN , CHAR CRUST, INC.

SUSAN ERIKSEN took one bite of her father-in-law’s signature Char Crust seasoning (created in 1957 at his legendary Chicago steakhouse) in 1991 and knew it was a winner. With little more than one product and a dream, Susan left her career in medical publishing and ...

JEFF KOEZE, KOEZE COMPANY JEFF KOEZE, KOEZE COMPANY

JEFF KOEZE is the owner-operator of Koeze Company, a fourth-generation family business founded in 1910 and located in Grand Rapids, MI. Jeff joined the company in 1996 and took over management from his father upon his retirement in 1997. Koeze Company has made its signature ...

CASE D. FISCHER, FISCHER & WIESER SPECIALTY FOODS CASE D. FISCHER, FISCHER & WIESER SPECIALTY FOODS

CASE D. FISCHER is president and CEO of Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc., a family-owned-and-operated specialty food company founded in 1969, best known for The Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce and Mom’s Pasta Sauces. Case has worked with the company since 1979; his vision ...

CARA FIGGINS PARTNERS, A TASTEFUL CHOICE COMPANY CARA FIGGINS PARTNERS, A TASTEFUL CHOICE COMPANY

CARA FIGGINS is co-owner and vice-president of Partners, A Tasteful Choice Company, a family-owned manufacturer of all-natural specialty crackers, cookies, and snacks in Kent, WA.  Since 1992, Partners has successfully launched over 40 all-natural cracker, cookie, and granola items, with sales in the millions and ...

PATRICIA LOBEL, AVENUE GOURMET PATRICIA LOBEL, AVENUE GOURMET

PATRICIA LOBEL founded Better and Best Corporation dba Avenue Gourmet in October 1996 on $500 and a whim. At that point, the company was located in the basement of her house. She had two product lines imported from France, where she comes from. She obtained ...

NIKHIL ARORA, BACK TO THE ROOTS NIKHIL ARORA, BACK TO THE ROOTS

NIKHIL ARORA co-founded Back to the Roots (BTTR) in 2009 as a senior at UC Berkeley and gave up a potential career in consulting to become an urban mushroom farmer. He and co-founder Alejandro Velez have since created two award-winning products, the Mushroom Kit and ...

LEE ZALBEN, PEANUT BUTTER & CO. LEE ZALBEN, PEANUT BUTTER & CO.

LEE ZALBEN is the founder and president of Peanut Butter & Co., a natural/specialty food company based in New York City. Peanut Butter & Co. began in 1998 as a sandwich shop in Greenwich Village and has since expanded to include a retail line of ...

SANJOG SIKAND, SUKHI’S GOURMET INDIAN FOODS SANJOG SIKAND, SUKHI’S GOURMET INDIAN FOODS

SANJOG SIKAND  started her career over 20 years ago selling her mother’s line of products at the farmers market every Sunday and sampling the product at local natural food stores. After getting her degree from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, she started ...

STEWART REICH, HANSON FASO SALES AND MARKETING STEWART REICH, HANSON FASO SALES AND MARKETING

STEWART REICH  is president of Hanson Faso Sales and Marketing, a specialty and natural food brokerage covering the central United States. Stewart has been in the specialty food business on a full-time basis since 1975. Stewart, as executive vice president of Charlotte Charles, Inc. was ...

DANIEL W. DOWE, ARTISANAL BRANDS, LTD. DANIEL W. DOWE, ARTISANAL BRANDS, LTD.

DANIEL W. DOWE is the chairman and president of Artisanal Brands, Inc., owner of the Artisanal Premium Cheese brand. He has been a member of the SFA since acquiring Artisanal from its founder in 2007. He has also served as an SFA Board member for ...

Summer Fancy Food Show Education Program Now Available Summer Fancy Food Show Education Program Now Available

The full schedule of educational offerings for the Summer Fancy Food Show is available online, and registration is now open to sign up for a class or package.

Members in the News: Seafood for Home Cooks, Going Gluten-Free Members in the News: Seafood for Home Cooks, Going Gluten-Free

Culinary Collective, Cup4Cup, and more.

Network in Maine Next Week Network in Maine Next Week

Meet fellow members next week at Stonewall Kitchen’s headquarters in York, Maine, at the Specialty Food Association’s next regional share group.

Upcoming Webinar: The State of the Specialty Food Industry 2014 Upcoming Webinar: The State of the Specialty Food Industry 2014

Join Specialty Food Association's Ron Tanner and Mintel International's David Lockwood as they report on just-released industry statistics and insights in the next webinars@work presentation discussing the landmark research in "The State of the Specialty Food Industry 2014."

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