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Specialty Food Association Awards

Each year, the Specialty Food Association recognizes outstanding specialty food products in the coveted sofi™ Awards competition and industry leaders in both the Outstanding Retailer and Leadership Awards Competition. Read product and company profiles of past and present Award winners in each of these competitions.

Sofi Awards Entry Window Extension and Live Q&A Session

Sofi Awards Entry Window Extension and Live Q&A Session

The 2017 sofi Awards entry window has been extended through Friday, February 24th. In order to answer questions about the application process, categories, and(...)
2017 Leadership Awards: Business Leadership: James Faison; Milton’s Local

2017 Leadership Awards: Business Leadership: James Faison; Milton’s Local

James Faison, 34, grew up visiting his grandparents’ farm in the Southside region of Virginia, but his path was not headed in the direction to become a fourth-genera(...)
2017 Leadership Awards: Vision: Norah Eddy and Laura Johnson; Salty Girl Seafood

2017 Leadership Awards: Vision: Norah Eddy and Laura Johnson; Salty Girl Seafood

Norah Eddy and Laura Johnson, both 29, have worked on fishing vessels and in fisheries around the globe and share a commitment to accelerating change in the(...)
2017 Leadership Awards: Citizenship: Ken Lee; Lotus Foods

2017 Leadership Awards: Citizenship: Ken Lee; Lotus Foods

Ken Lee, 58, took a meandering path from working in the insurance industry and financial planning on the East Coast to co-founding Lotus Foods in California(...)
2017 Leadership Awards: Vision: Albert Straus; Straus Family Creamery

2017 Leadership Awards: Vision: Albert Straus; Straus Family Creamery

Albert Straus, 61, founder and CEO of Straus Family Creamery in Northern California, spearheaded the organic milk movement in the U.S. Local dairymen who followed(...)
2017 Leadership Awards: Business Leadership: Mike Brady; Greyston Bakery and Greyston Foundation

2017 Leadership Awards: Business Leadership: Mike Brady; Greyston Bakery and Greyston Foundation

Mike Brady, 48, is the president and CEO of the nonprofit Greyston Foundation and its for-profit arm, Greyston Bakery, a Yonkers-based, mission-driven enterprise(...)
2017 Leadership Awards: Citizenship: Mark Tilsen; Native American Natural Foods

2017 Leadership Awards: Citizenship: Mark Tilsen; Native American Natural Foods

Mark Tilsen, 60, co-founded Native American Natural Foods as part of a mission to return the sacred buffalo to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The(...)
The Year's Outstanding Leaders

The Year's Outstanding Leaders

The Specialty Food Association and Specialty Food Magazine present the winners of the fifth annual Leadership Awards, honoring industry frontrunners in the(...)
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Joel Schuman

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Joel Schuman

Joel Schuman Joel Schuman founded Source Atlantique in 1991 as part of the Food Import Group. With years in the business and strong relationships with European(...)
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: F. James McGilloway

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: F. James McGilloway

F. James McGilloway In 1971, after a successful career in supermarket management, Jim migrated to the specialty food industry, where he spent 25+ years building(...)
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