NEW YORK, NY (May 24, 2019) – The Specialty Food Association (SFA) partnered with the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) to recognize two companies – Angkor Cambodian Food and Element Shrub – with inaugural Foodservice Product Innovation Awards. The Awards were presented at IFMA’s black-tie gala Gold & Silver Plate Awards on May 18, 2019 in Chicago. The Gold & Silver Plate Awards, now in its 65th year, is the longest-running awards program in the foodservice industry.
“I had the honor to launch the Specialty Food Association Foodservice Product Innovation Awards in partnership with IFMA,” said SFA President Phil Kafarakis, “Our strategic relationship will highlight the impact of food innovation and high-quality products on foodservice. After all, specialty food and foodservice are natural partners!”
To be considered for the awards, SFA’s sofi Award winners were invited to submit their foodservice products to IFMA for consideration. The two honorees were chosen as excellent products for use in foodservice menus.
The 2019 Foodservice Product Innovation Awards went to:
Angkor Cambodian Food – Lemongrass Paste. General Manager Kent Laux accepted the award.
Element Shrub – Honeydew Jalapeno Shrub and Club. Co-Founders Charlie Berkinshaw and Angela Hsu accepted.
The Foodservice Product Innovation Awards will be an annual recognition made in partnership with SFA and IFMA at the IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards. Next year’s awards ceremony will be on May 16, 2020.
About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,800 members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food.
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