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Summer Fancy Food Show Breaks Records

The 59th Summer Fancy Food Show broke records in exhibit space and attendance. At the end of the show, North America’s largest trade event for the specialty food industry, there was another record when exhibitors donated the most food ever to City Harvest, the show’s longtime charity of choice. This year marked the Summer Fancy Food show’s return to New York after two years in Washington, D.C.

The 2013 show featured 354,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space filled with 180,000 specialty foods and beverages from more than 1,500 U.S. exhibitors and some 1,000 from around the world, including first-time pavilions from Bulgaria, Switzerland, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

Buzz was strong throughout the show. “The quality of the buyer who has come by has just catapulted. Balducci’s. Wegmans. Target,” said exhibitor Peggy Shannon of Cincinnati-based Queen City Cookies. “It has been the best show ever.”

Show highlights included the keynote address by Marcus Samuelsson, the internationally acclaimed chef, owner of Red Rooster in Harlem and The New York Times bestselling author of Yes, Chef. He also presented the 41st annual sofi Awards for the outstanding specialty foods of the year, and awards for the Outstanding Specialty Food Retailers of 2013.

“New York is the birthplace of the Fancy Food Show and its home. Our return to the city coincided with unprecedented interest in specialty food and the passionate entrepreneurs who create it,” saidAnn Daw, President of the Specialty Food Association. “With the record showing, all indications point to another strong year for our industry.”