The Specialty Food Association recently announced that 152 companies have been accepted for membership, including makers of ghost chili sea salt, bacon brittle, burrata and lavender martini mocktails. Among the new members are Blis Caviar, Grand Rapids, Mich., maker of flavor-infused wild domestic caviar; Califia Farms, Pasadena, Calif., producer of cold brewed coffee, almond milk and citrus juice, and Caveman Bakery, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., producer of gluten-free cookies.
“These companies represent the craft, care and joy that is fueling today’s specialty food industry,” says Ann Daw, president of the Specialty Food Association. “We look forward to helping them build their business and bring their distinctive foods to a wider market.”
The Association, established in 1952, provides tools, knowledge and connections to help its members build, grow and sustain successful specialty food businesses in an always-evolving marketplace. The not-for-profit association has more than 3,000 members across the United States and abroad.
To become a member, a company must pass a review of its products and business history by the Association’s admissions committee, a panel of food manufacturers, distributors and retailers. The board of directors votes quarterly on the committee’s recommendations.
Membership benefits include the opportunity to exhibit at the Association’s Fancy Food Shows, exclusive access to in-depth industry research, workshops and seminars on best business practices, mentoring, and regional networking events. Only Association members may participate in the sofi™ Awards honoring the year’s outstanding specialty foods, and its Leadership Awards honoring individuals who are making a difference in the industry and beyond.
For the full list of new members, visit http://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/NASFT/attach/PRnewMBRS.pdf.