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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.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Ted Koryn, Liberty Foods

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 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(...)
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Jerry Santucci, Santucci Associates Inc.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 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.(...)
Lifetime Achievement Award Winners Paul Saginaw	and Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman’s Commuity of Businesses

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman’s Commuity 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(...)
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Winston Stona, Busha Browne Company

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 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,(...)
Lifetime Achievement Award Winners Harold and Lorie Alexander, Koppers Chocolate

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners Harold and Lorie Alexander, Koppers Chocolate

Harold and Lorie Alexander, Koppers Chocolate Lorie and Harold Alexander were passionate about and played a significant role in the development of the specialty(...)
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: 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(...)
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: 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(...)
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