Thursday, July 14 at 1pm ET
When you’re just getting started with a food business idea, there are lots of decisions to make! In this webinar, we’ll will walk you through the four production options that you should consider and help you understand which option is best for you and your business. You’ll also learn about the factors to consider if you choose to partner with a copacker. Bring your questions!
Thursday, July 21 at 1pm ET
The SFA’s State of the Specialty Food Industry research gives an in-depth look at dollar and unit sales data in retail, ecommerce, and foodservice channels; five-year forecasts in key categories; and supply chain insights on how the industry is evolving. Join the authors of the report as they present comprehensive new research that explores where the market is today, the opportunities and challenges it faces, and where it is going. Bring your questions!
Thursday, June 23 at 1pm ET
SFA’s Trendspotter panel of buyers, writers, researchers, and industry watchers will put in the hours at the Summer Fancy Food Show 2022, seeking out patterns and predicting shifts in food and beverage categories. After the show, listen in to be among the first to learn about the hottest trends that will take us to 2023 and beyond.
Rick Field, founder, CEO, and chief pickler at Rick’s Picks’ passion for pickles began as a child, when he made them alongside his folks during summers in Vermont. In this episode of Spill & Dish, Julie Gallagher, director of content at the SFA, chats with Field about his transition from a TV producer career at VH1; how he built an award-winning brand and forged relationships with foodservice heavy hitters like Shake Shack; and the one thing he recently did, that would only be done “over my dead body,” just a few years ago.
Listen here, and follow Spill & Dish, an SFA podcast wherever you get your podcasts.
Specialty Food’s spring issue explores the restaurant industry’s attempt at coming back from COVID with the feature Restaurant Industry Rebound Relies on Technology, Takeout.
Specialty Food also presents the perspective of food retailers who weigh on food price inflation and how it’s impacted consumers’ shopping habits. Food makers likewise provide insights on the cost pressures they’ve faced and how they’ve passed along increases to consumers.
Trends From the Winter Fancy Food Show, as spotted by members of the SFA’s Trendspotter Panel, are also outlined in this edition.
Read it today!
Thursday, May 12 at 1pm ET
Join Jeni Lamb Rogers as she discusses the architecture of the Farm Bill and its foundational impact on food businesses. She’ll discuss key titles and tradeoffs that food businesses should know and understand, plus early developments for the Farm Bill in 2022.
Thursday, May 19 at 1pm ET
Things are changing. While many specialty food makers still go the traditional route of seeking distribution to get their products on store shelves, there are tons of new opportunities to consider, from last-mile delivery services to e-commerce providers to ghost kitchen partnerships. Join us for a look at what’s out there, how to evaluate an opportunity and decide whether it’s right for your business, and how to make the pieces all work together and change with the times.
Thursday, May 26 at 1pm ET
In today’s complex brandscape, being creative and cost-efficient when selling your product and the brand has never been more critical. Marketers are facing new platforms, devices, and consumers with sophisticated appetites across a mosaic marketplace.
The need for dedicated efforts around multicultural marketing is essential for startups at the onset of building your customer base. Learn how to connect with increasingly more ethnically and culturally diverse consumers with proven strategies for success that can push your brand through the clutter, reach new audiences the first time – and keep them engaged.
Thursday, June 30 at 1pm ET
The increase in direct to consumer and online store-based sales for food and beverage brands hasn’t slowed down, despite a slow return to “normal”. How do you stand out in a noisy landscape? Rachel Kay, Founder + President at RKPR will discuss cost effective ways to make your earned media strategy power your e-commerce goals, plus the newest media tools and trends to accelerate your product sales.
In the latest episode of Spill & Dish: A Specialty Food Association podcast, host Megan Rooney, education manager at SFA, chats with Purely Elizabeth CEO and Founder, Elizabeth Stein, about her background in nutrition, how Purely Elizabeth got its start, and the happy accident that landed her a deal with Target.
Listen here and follow Spill & Dish: A Specialty Food Association podcast wherever you get your podcasts.
The Specialty Food Association has planned four webinars for the month of April. Check out Maker Prep for the fundamentals, Regulatory Update for the latest on rules and regulations, and In the Know for the latest on pricing, trends, supply chain and other issues that affect our business right now.
April 7: Regulatory Update: The Food Traceability Rule: Priorities for Specialty Food Manufacturers
April 14: Maker Prep: Understanding Regulations, Certifications and Licenses
April 21: In the Know: Continuity Planning for the Family Business
April 28: Maker Prep: Selling to Supermarkets
Visit our Learning Center for a snapshot of past speakers and topics and then click the webinar title to watch the recorded session!
We look forward to seeing you online! If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Thursday, May 5 at 1pm ET
Developing, launching, and distributing new products is the path to success in this market. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the concept-to-commerce pathway including generating new product ideas, improving existing products, and testing to enhance quality and to extend shelf-life while conforming to marketing and label claims such as non-GMO and organic. We’ll also cover developing go-to-market strategies, including concept testing, market opportunity, product testing, and shopper experience analysis.
The Specialty Food Association is pleased to offer an updated list of specialty food distributors to its members, free of charge. Each distributor listing includes location, phone, email, website, territory, and principal listings.
Also, we are happy to announce that non-members can now access this guide as well for $200.
Want to add or update a listing for the next edition of this guide? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out all our directories and guides in our Learning Center.
Thursday, April 14 at 1pm ET
Evolving consumer demand for specialty foods and beverages has elevated the stakes for small-scale processors. This presentation will clarify and illuminate the concept-to-commerce pathway, including: the implications of product- and marketing-related regulations; how certifications are licenses to market opportunities; ensuring that unique categories of foods are compliant with regulations, and more.
In the latest episode of Spill & Dish: A Specialty Food Association podcast, host Gretchen VanEsselstyn, SFA’s director of education, speaks with Jill Giacomini Basch of Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. about the benefits of being a certified women-owned business, the Victory American cheese movement, and how sustainable farming on the California coast makes for breathtaking cheeses like Bay Blue. Listen here and follow Spill & Dish: A Specialty Food Association podcast wherever you get your podcasts.
Thursday, April 28 at 1pm ET
Are you ready to start selling to multi store chains and supermarkets? Join Scott Zoeller, Director of Deli for Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace, to learn how to know whether you’re ready, the best ways to reach supermarket buyers, how to make the pitch, and how to maintain the relationship once you're selling.
Thursday, April 7 at 1pm ET
One of the top identified regulatory priorities for the FDA in 2022 is the release of the Final Food Traceability Rule, one of the last required rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act, and a cornerstone of FDAs New Era for Smarter Food Safety Initiative. Since the proposal of the Rule in 2020, SFA has actively engaged in feedback, including participating in public meetings held by the FDA after its release in 2020 and submitting comments on the proposed rule in 2021. As we anticipate the release of the final rule later this year, attorney Jeni Lamb Rogers will discuss the most important considerations for specialty food manufacturers and how the rule might impact your business.
Thursday, April 21 at 1pm ET
Are you preparing for transitions in management, ownership, and family leadership? Join us for a robust panel discussion of how successful family businesses plan for transition from one generation to the next. More than Succession Planning—a process all businesses should undertake for management transition—we’ll share insights into Continuity Planning, a planning process that paves the way not only for the next generation of management, but also for family leadership, business ownership, and governance processes that guide both business and family decisions for a successful future.
The Specialty Food Association Winter Fancy Food Show will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center in 2023, from January 15-17.
“The SFA looks forward to an even bigger and better Winter Fancy Food Show in 2023, which will be hosted in the larger and more conveniently laid out West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center,” said SFA Board Chairman, Charlie Apt.
The Show will feature specialty food and beverages from domestic and international exhibitors, educational programming, and the traditional post-event food rescue to benefit local hunger relief organizations.
In the latest episode of Spill & Dish: A Specialty Food Association podcast, host Julie Gallagher, SFA’s director of content, speaks with Channy Laux, founder of Angkor Cambodian Food. Laux discusses how she survived the Cambodian Killing Fields and, after seeking refuge in the U.S., climbed the ranks of the biotech industry before trading it in to honor her late mother and her recipes by introducing Americans to authentic Cambodian ingredients and dishes. Listen here and follow Spill & Dish wherever you get your podcasts.
Thursday, March 31 at 1pm ET
Attracting and retaining talent has never been more difficult. We enlisted people business expert Josh Wand, Founder and Motivator in Chief at the leading strategic recruiting firm for consumer brands, ForceBrands, and Founder of PINATA to share his unique insights into today's best practices for hiring. Join us for a live conversation about employee retention, team building, and effective leadership in the post-Covid world.
Thursday, March 24 at 1pm ET
So you’ve got great products and you’re ready to start approaching specialty stores. How do you get a buyer’s attention? And how do you nurture a great maker-buyer relationship once you’re in?
In this webinar, you’ll learn from Hunter Fike, Category Manager at DiBruno Bros., about what makes buyers tick – and you’ll hear from maker Jen Porter from Timber Lane Handcrafted about how her company got – and kept -- her products on DiBruno’s shelves.
Chuao Chocolatier are crafters of pleasure through chocolate. In this episode, host Megan Rooney, SFA’s education manager, talks with Michael Antonorsi, co-founder and owner of Chuao, about his transition from biomedical engineering to culinary school in Paris to embarking on a mission to share joy with the world though deliciously engaging chocolate experiences. Listen here and follow Spill & Dish: A Specialty Food Association Podcast wherever your get your podcasts.
Thursday, March 17 at 1pm ET
SFA is committed to learning and sharing information about diversity, equity, and inclusion principles with our community.
In this webinar with Studio ATAO, you’ll learn about how to put processes into place that encourage inclusion in your company. We’ll cover how to build a work environment that emphasizes participatory decision-making, proactive conflict mediation, and a clear understanding of power dynamics.
*This webinar will only be available on demand until April 17.
Thursday, March 3 at 1pm ET
Join Attorney Jeni Lamb Rogers as she discusses what to expect from the FDA in 2022 -- Jeni will cover food industry priorities of the new FDA Commissioner, Dr. Robert Califf, the FDA's resumption of routine surveillance inspections, and recap inspections from 2021.