Specialty Food Association Names 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees: Eight Food Pioneers to be Honored

NEW YORK, NY (May 22, 2019) – The Specialty Food Association (SFA) recognizes and celebrates extraordinary industry leaders through the SFA Hall of Fame. The eight individuals to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year exemplify the innovation and business acumen of the $140 billion-dollar specialty food industry.

“The Hall of Fame honors those who have made a positive impact not just within their own businesses but across the industry,” says Phil Kafarakis, president of the Association. “This year’s nominees have played a key role in shaping the future of food and driving industry growth through bringing the best foods of the world to market.”

The 2019 Inductees, nominated by Association members and selected by the SFA’s Recognition Industry Work Group, are:

Robert and Margaret Garcia, RW Garcia Co., Inc.
Allison Hooper and Bob Reese, Vermont Creamery
Shawn McBride, Foah International LLC
Ahmed Rahim and Reem Hassani, Numi Organic Tea
Stewart Reich, Hanson Faso Sales and Marketing

These dynamic individuals will be honored at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York on the evening of June 23, 2019 in a special ceremony. All show exhibitors and attendees are invited to participate. 

More on the Hall of Fame inductees is available here

Held at the Javits Center, the Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest trade-only marketplace for specialty food and beverages in North America, featuring more than 200,000 products from around the world.

Press Registration 
The Summer Fancy Food Show is a trade-only event. The Specialty Food Association provides complimentary press badges to qualified media. Learn more and register.

About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,800 members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food.

Specialty Food Association Media Contact:
PR Department, (646) 878-0130,

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