Pavilion Showcases Entrepreneurs in Member Candidate Program
In addition to thousands of new products throughout its sold-out exhibit halls, the Summer Fancy Food Show presents the specialty food industry’s newest brands in a pavilion devoted exclusively to emerging food entrepreneurs.
Called “New Brands on the Shelf,” the pavilion features tabletop displays showcasing dozens of artisan food and beverage specialties from 34 industry newcomers. Exhibiting their products for the first time at a Fancy Food Show, these companies are in the Member Candidate Program offered by the Specialty Food Association, the show’s owner. The pavilion is on Level 1 behind the 3400 Aisle.
Pigs in a blanket from Brooklyn, Lavender Martini mocktails from Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and Freekah from Dumont, N.J., are among the debut specialties that will be on display. The pavilion participants also include producers of green smoothie popsicles, beer cheese, coffee-flavored syrup and seven nut and seed butter. The people behind these products have the opportunity to connect with buyers from top names in retailing and restaurants, including Whole Foods, Zingerman’s and Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine.
The Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages in North America. Now in its 59th year, it runs June 30 – July 2, 2013, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
Established in 2008, the Member Candidate Program supports industry newcomers with seminars, expert advice, networking and opportunities to participate in the Fancy Food Show. The program has attracted more than 425 companies and helped many entrepreneurs turn their passion for food into viable businesses. Companies can be a Member Candidate for two years, and at the end of that period, close to half go on to become full members of the Association. Learn more about the program at specialtyfood.com.
Participants in New Brands on the Shelf are:
|Acala Farms, Barneveld, Wis.||Charleston Gourmet Burger Co., North Charleston, S.C.|
|Becky’s Bites NYC, New York|
|Bettasnax, Inc., Boca Raton, Fla.||Chop Foods, Avondale Estates, Ga.|
|Brooklyn Piggies, Brooklyn, N.Y.||Craveright, Alexandria, Va.|
|Dave’s Homemade, Long Island City, N.Y.||Nibnaks, Palo Alto, Calif.|
|Delightful Palate, Alexandria, La.||NuttZo, San Diego|
|Diana and Daughters, Cedarburg, Wis.||Powerhouse Beverage Co., New York|
|Flavors of Lonato del Garda, Marietta, Ga.||Salerno Foods, Denver|
|Floyd Eats, Brooklyn, N.Y.||The Saucey Sauce Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.|
|Freekehlicious, Dumont, N.J.||Sicily’s Finest Gourmet Foods, Destrehan, La.|
|Get Dressed Salads, New York|
|Greek Artisanal Imports, Astoria, N.Y.||Skinny Chef Natural Foods, Hoboken, N.J.|
|Green Wave Smoothies, Isle of Palms, S.C.||sociale mocktails, Mount Pleasant, S.C.|
|Halo Top Creamery, Los Angeles||SoFine Food, Bethesda, Md.|
|In A Jar Foods, Darien, Conn.||Sweet Girl Brownie Company, Rhinecliff, N.Y.|
|Karen’s Kitchen Ltd., Green Farms, Conn.|
|LifeIce, New York||Sweet Nuttings, Rockville, Md.|
|Miss Lillian’s Original Sauce, Jessup, Md.||Victoria Orchard, Downington, Pa.|
|MitchMallows, New York|