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Summer Fancy Food Show Preview
will feature future consumer food trends and the forces driving them, food commerce of the future in digital, retail and
food service, leading-edge market research and keynote and
enhanced education sessions.

Education Program

SFA is presenting daily seminars, panels and discussions of
thought-leading and business-building topics at SFFS to
inspire startups, established manufacturers and buyers at all
levels of expertise to succeed in the ever-changing marketplace. Sessions will include a "Retailer Roundtable" of top
supermarket, specialty and e-commerce buyers discussing
the future of specialty food and "The Basics: The Business
of Specialty Food," a full-day workshop on June 24 to acclimate young companies to the industry. In addition, the
daily "Excite" series of short talks assembles problem solvers,
disrupters and thinkers to highlight innovations in product
development, food production methods, foodservice and retail experiences, and evolving consumer trends.

Business Builders 1-to-1

Customized match-making program where exhibitors present their products in pre-arranged meetings with top buyers
for retailers, distributors and foodservice. More than 1,200
one-on-one appointments are set to take place in sessions
facilitated by SFA.

sofi™ Awards Showcases for Outstanding Specialty
Foods of 2017

Established in 1972, the sofi Awards advance culinary excellence and creativity worldwide by recognizing the outstanding work of SFA member companies. "sofi" stands for specialty outstanding food innovation. The 2017 sofi Awards, which
had 3,000 entries across 39 categories, produced 154 Winners
in the Gold, Silver, Bronze and New Product categories.

Front Burner: Foodservice Pitch Competition

Four exhibitors will pitch their foodservice-ready products
to a panel of specialty food buyers in this live competition
taking place in front of an audience of show attendees. All
contestants will get exposure and feedback on their products and the winner will receive a promotional package from
SFA, including editorial coverage, advertising and a professional press release. 

Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement
Awards Ceremony

SFA honors the past and inspires the future through the
Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony. The Hall of Fame has 25 new inductees. Five SFA
members are being honored for  their career achievements
in specialty food.

Giving Back

At the end of the show, exhibitors will continue their long
tradition of giving back by donating thousands of pounds of
meat, cheese, produce, confections and snacks to the Specialty Food Foundation, which will in turn donate the products to City Harvest, the SFFS's longtime charity of choice.
Last year, exhibitors donated more than eight-and-a-half
tractor-trailers full of specialty food to help feed hungry
New Yorkers.
The Summer Fancy Food Show is a trade only show, occurring in New York City from June 25-27. The Winter
Fancy Food Show will be held in San Francisco, Calif., from
January 21-23, 2018. For more information, visit us at fancyfoodshows.com. O

sofi™ Awards Product of the Year

For the first time in the 45-year history of the sofi Awards, a
Product of the Year award will be given. The winner will be
announced at the show.

Industry Newcomers

The "New Brands on the Shelf " pavilion will feature 35 upand-coming specialty food producers who are SFA member candidates. They will showcase dozens of niche and
artisanal specialties.
The Summer Fancy Food
Show's exhibit halls are filled
with more than 180,000 new
products and brands.

What's New, What's Hot! Showcases

The showcases will feature hundreds of specialty foods that
represent the hottest trends in new products, natural and organic. It provides a snapshot of companies on the exhibit floor.
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