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Award Recipients 2017

The Specialty Food Association is proud to announce the 2017 winners of its Lifetime Achievement Awards. Today’s thriving $127 billion specialty food industry was built by the brilliance and hard work of these and other Association members over its 65-year history.


“This year’s class of lifetime achievement winners should inspire all of us within the specialty food industry,” said Phil Kafarakis, president, Specialty Food Association. “These individuals include a couple that introduced panned chocolates, an individual who brought jerk seasoning from Jamaica to the U.S., and a retailer who defines that best of specialty food. The hard work that they’ve put into their companies and the advances they’ve made in the industry has helped pave the way for the amazing growth and excitement for all of us.”


The Mission of the SFA’s Lifetime Achievement Award is “to identify and celebrate the actions and special qualities of those persons widely recognized as having grown the industry, improved the Association, inspired companies and nurtured individuals.”

Harold and Lorie Alexander

Koppers Chocolate

Lorie and Harold Alexander were passionate about and played a significant role in the development of the specialty food industry. Lorie was born into chocolate; Koppers Chocolate was started by her father Fred Stern in New York City’s Greenwich Village

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Ted Koryn

Liberty Foods

Ted Koryn, born in Amsterdam, lived underground in Holland during World War II. He escaped to the U.S. in 1942 and joined the U.S. Air Force as a photographer and war correspondent. Ted's career in specialty foods began in the early 1950's

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Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig

Zingerman’s Community of Businesses

When Paul and Ari opened Zingerman’s Delicatessen in 1982, they believed that business can be a powerful tool for positive social change. Zingerman’s today is a community of 10 unique businesses, linked by the Zingerman’s brand and guiding principles, and incubated under Zingerman’s entrepreneurial umbrella.

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Jerry Santucci

Santucci Associates Inc.

Jerry Santucci’s iconic career in the specialty food industry started in 1965 when he co-founded Santucci Associates Inc. with his brother Anthony Santucci. They started the business in the basement of a house, calling on cheese shops, specialty food and department stores.

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Winston Stona

Busha Browne Company

An actor turned specialty food entrepreneur, Winston Stona is considered the “King” of Jamaican condiments. Co-Founder of the award-winning Busha Browne Company, Winston has over 40 years of experience in international sales, marketing and distribution of value-added products.

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