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May 10, 2013

Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The Summer Fancy Food Show on the East Coast is a big deal for the specialty food trade. With its sister event on the West Coast, the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) brings in more than 40,000 attendees from 80-plus countries to see 260,000 innovative specialty food products each year.

For the past two years the show has been held in Washington, D.C. while the Jacob Javits Center in New York City was renovated. This year it is back at the Javits Centers, and Virginia will be well represented.

The show dates are June 30 – July 2, 2013, and Virginia is hosting a large pavilion, with companies exhibiting a wide range of specialty food and beverage products to corporate business prospects from around the world. Twenty-six Virginia firms will be located in the 4900 aisle in Hall A - Level 1. Additional Virginia companies will be located throughout the show floor. Staff from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will help buyers connect with all superior Virginia specialty food and beverage products, both in the Pavilion and throughout the Javits Center. 

Virginia foods at the show include confections, snacks, spices, ethnic foods, hot sauces, peanuts, ham, potato chips, oils, natural and organic products, fruitcakes, sparkling ciders, pasta, pudding, cakes and cookies, gluten free products, frozen hors d’oeuvres/appetizers and much more. The list of Virginia exhibitors is attached.

One of the highlights of the Summer Fancy Food Show will be the 2013 sofi™ Awards Ceremony.  These awards from the NASFT are the highest honor in the specialty food industry; “sofi” stands for specialty outstanding food innovation. sofi Award Winners and Finalists represent the best of the best in specialty food and beverages. This year’s finalists were selected from 1,885 entries from members of the Specialty Food Association. A national panel of specialty food experts selected 109 finalists across 30 awards categories.  The three Virginia finalists include:

Click here for more information and a list of exhibiting companies from Virginia.

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