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Award Recipients 2014

Harold Anderson

Haddon House Food Products Inc.
Medford, NJ

Harold T. Anderson was an inspiring visionary who became one of the most respected and successful men in the specialty food industry due to his fair, kind, and gentle nature and his exceptionally ethical business approach.

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Russ Vernon

West Point Market
Akron, OH

Russ Vernon demonstrated that specialty foods were in demand beyond the East Coast. From 1960 on, the storied West Point Market in Akron, Ohio, was regarded as one of the outstanding specialty food retailers in the U.S.

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Mario Foah

Foah International
Atlanta, GA

Mario L. Foah pioneered the introduction of Italian specialty foods into the U.S., beginning in 1952. The popularity of balsamic vinegar, sundried tomatoes, and even espresso machines are the result of Mario’s commitment to Italian tradition and his understanding that these traditions had a place in the U.S

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Anthony R. “Tony” Matthews OBE

Food From Britain
Atlanta, GA

As president of Food From Britain, Tony Matthews built the presence of imported British foods throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico through tireless promotion and the creation of partnerships between British manufacturers and North American retailers.

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Max Ries

Reese Finer Foods
Chicago, IL

Max Ries was a showman who created a market for specialty foods through the introduction of innovative products and marketing acumen which caught the fancy of the American consumer.

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