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    Q&A With President Phil Kafarakis: SFA's Membership Transformation Plans
    Phil Kafarakis, president of the Specialty Food Association, recently discussed the SFA's new membership policy as part of a Q&A that originally ran in the Summer Fancy Food Show Daily. Here are excerpts: Q: The Specialty Food Association has been working on a new membership policy. Please explain.  We’ve been planning to expand our membership ... more
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    The Eye-Opening Reach Of Gen-X
    We Gen-Xs are suddenly becoming more important to you. After several years of talking about the young millennial consumer’s role in the future of specialty food, a nuanced picture is emerging of the core specialty food consumer.  According to the Specialty Food Association’s latest “State of the Specialty Food Industry” research—an annual report ... more
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    Shaping The Future Of Food Since 1952
    With a 67-year history, the Specialty Food Association has a rich legacy of bringing new food experiences and ideas to market. To some, the SFA’s roots and the name “Fancy Food Shows” connote an organization stuck in old-world food sensibilities rather than contemporary perspectives of authenticity and taste. But nothing could be farther from the ... more
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    A Gen-Zer Speaks: What Resonates And What Doesn't
    Editor's Note: Much attention is paid to the attitudes, habits, and drivers of younger consumers when it comes to purchasing specialty foods. With some Gen-Zers (currently ages 12-24) starting to come of age, eyes are on these young adults to see how they may differ from millennials and what they care about that may impact food's future. The Specialty ... more
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    2019 Specialty Food Business Summit Highlights
    You could feel the excitement in the air.  As people arrived at the Hilton Rosemont O’Hare on Sunday afternoon to attend the first day of Specialty Food Business Summit programming—a Finance 101 short course—it was clear that they were excited to learn. That eagerness carried through the next two days in Chicago, with more than 25 speakers sharing ... more