The Summer Fancy Food Show opens today in New York, featuring some of the newest products and information to come out of the $86 billion specialty food industry.
Now in its 59th year, the show is the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages in North America.
This year’s event marks the official launch of the Specialty Food Association’s new brand to promote and recognize the industry: Specialty Food. Craft. Care. Joy. The newly-named Association, formerly the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc., created, owns and operates the Fancy Food Show.
Returning to its longtime home in New York after two years in Washington, D.C., the show is the largest to date, with 354,000 square feet of exhibit space. More than 2,400 companies from across the United States and 80 countries and regions are presenting their latest cheeses, chocolates, vinegars, oils, grains and other specialty foods at the event.
“Our show celebrates the passion and creativity that fuel specialty food,” says Ann Daw, president of the Specialty Food Association. “This is our largest show ever, and center stage are new and innovative foods and beverages that come directly from people who care about producing top-quality food.”
Show highlights include a keynote address on taste and innovation by internationally-acclaimed Chef Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Red Rooster in Harlem and The New York Times bestselling author of Yes, Chef. He will also present the 41st annual sofi™ Awards for the outstanding specialty foods of the year and awards for the Outstanding Specialty Food Retailers of the year.