Member Update: COVID-19 Precautions

Phil Kafarakis, SFA President
The SFA continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and is closely aligned with authorities in New York, the Javits Convention Center, national agencies, as well as international governments given the rapidly changing landscape. We have a current update to share related to our support of our members:
  • We continue to assess our plans for the 2020 Summer Fancy Food Show to take place as scheduled June 28-30. In light of the global pandemic and the number of countries shutting down borders and implementing travel restrictions, we are focused on the impact on our international exhibitors and are assessing what those limitations may mean to the success of the show. We are monitoring the ability of our domestic members to overcome the challenges to business continuity that may be created by weeks of slowdown or shutdown. All of that is being weighed into decisions regarding the event. We are conscious of the planning lead times required to attend the show and the overall investment required to effectively participate, and remain committed to keeping you well informed as the situation develops. 
  • We are very concerned about the impact this pandemic may have on you, your community, and your business continuity. The SFA is preparing to deliver several webinars on workplace safety, supply-chain and transportation, financial planning, crisis communications, and insurance planning. We will inform all members via email and social channels shortly as we finalize programming and times for these meaningful webinars.
  • sofi judging will not take place at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center at the end of this month as originally planned. The SFA and Rutgers have decided to postpone judging tentatively until June but realize that factors affecting this are out of our control. Candidates for the awards are being notified about the delay and we will keep everyone informed of our new judging dates as soon as we can.
Please go to specialtyfood.com/coronavirus for more on these points as well as information on Small Business Administration actions including processes for disaster relief lending requests and what to be aware of regarding heightened fraud activity. Please bookmark the page and continue to check in on a regular basis as we update our operating plans.
Posted by Denise Purcell on Mar 16, 2020 4:37 PM America/New_York