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Retailer Award Winners

The Retailer Awards competition honors outstanding specialty food retailers who are nominated and selected by a panel of Specialty Food Association members, consisting of manufacturers, distributors, importers, and retailers who review and select the finalists and winners. Winners are presented with statues at the Summer Fancy Food Show, receive extensive publicity in their local media, and are featured in the May/June issue of Specialty Food Magazine.


Specialty Food Magazine and the Specialty Food Association present the five Outstanding Retailers of 2013. The following companies from across the U.S. were nominated by members of the Association, who were asked to recommend stores based on the qualities of a successful specialty food establishment, such as uniqueness, customer service, and product knowledge. Each of these winners epitomizes those traits: These merchants share a commitment to premium food, service, and loyalty to their community.

And the winners are..

  • feast!
  • Lazy Acres Market
  • Oliver’s Market
  • Shady Maple Farm Market
  • Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop

Read all about these Outstanding Retailers by clicking on the links below.


Outstanding Retailers to Be Honored at sofi Awards

The Specialty Food Association’s Outstanding Retailers of 2013 will be recognized at the red-carpet sofi Awards ceremony at the Summer Fancy Food Show on Monday, July 1 from 5–7 p.m.

Outstanding Retailers of 2013: feast!

Kate Collier and Eric Gertner’s idea of a date was to transform a Charlottesville abandoned building into a specialty market. More than a decade later they’ve transformed feast into a showcase for local products that highlights Virginia’s vibrant food scene.

Outstanding Retailers of 2013: Lazy Acres Market

This charming specialty and natural food store is warm and inviting while offering an exceptional selection of products, from house-made organic breads and European butter to a vast selection of local organic produce. Known for its unmatched customer service, Lazy Acres Market prides itself on ...

Outstanding Retailers of 2013: Oliver’s Market

Oliver’s pioneered the crossover between conventional and natural supermarkets in the Bay Area, and today provides a one-stop shopping experience in Sonoma County, Calif., with three locations and a heavy emphasis on truly local products.

Outstanding Retailers of 2013: Shady Maple Farm Market

What started as a roadside stand in Lancaster, Pa., has grown into so much more than an exceptional local supermarket. Shady Maple Farm Market has become a destination spot for tourists from neighboring states, who come every weekend to enjoy its many amenities and events.

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