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Ron Tanner VP, Communications & Education | rtanner@nasft.org | 646.878.0115
Louise Kramer, Communications Director | lkramer@nasft.org | 646.878.0130

Diversity Suppliers Featured at Winter Fancy Food Show
Culinary Creativity on Display from Minority-Owned Businesses

San Francisco (Jan. 20, 2013) -- (Virtual Press Office) --  The Winter Fancy Food Show presents the latest twists on global flavors, reinventions of American classics and best-in-class standards from diversity suppliers exhibiting at the show.

Among their offerings are pomegranate aloe juice imported from Korea, spicy barbecue sauce from Honolulu, organic chai from Boulder, Colo., duck mousse pâté from Neptune, N.J., and red pepper fettuccine from Charlottesville, Va.

Now in its 38th year, the show is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast, with 1,300 exhibitors presenting 80,000 products from across the U.S. and around the world. It runs Jan. 20 – 22, 2013, at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Among the exhibitors are more than 35 companies owned by African American, Asian, Caribbean, Native American, Middle Eastern and women food entrepreneurs in the Diversity Program offered by the show's owner, the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. (NASFT). Their products are also in the show's What's New, What's Hot display.

Established in 2002, the Diversity Program aims to encourage and support the participation of minorities and women in the $75-billion specialty food industry through mentoring, education, networking and research.

In the past year, the NASFT and its Diversity Council presented two full-day conferences led by industry leaders on how to go to market with specialty food products. Together they attracted more than 100 specialty food manufacturers, retailers and emerging food entrepreneurs. Immediately before the Winter Fancy Food Show the NASFT held a networking event at Chronicle Books in San Francisco that focused on minority and women-owned companies.

"We are helping food entrepreneurs grow their businesses by presenting opportunities to network, get practical advice and make important industry connections," says Ron Tanner, NASFT's vice president of communications and education.  "The Winter Fancy Food Show provides an important forum for diversity suppliers to connect with the right buyers."

Diversity Program exhibitors include:


Alexian P â t é s: Booth 4604

Baycliff Company, Inc.: Booth 3425

Arette Foods, Inc: Booth 1259

Bazic Beverage: Booth 2813

Bhakti Chai: Booth 1759

Laxmi's Delights: Booth 1256

BWI, Inc.: Booth 2923

Lotus Foods: Booth 465

Casa Mexicana: Booth 579

Lucini Italia Co.: Booth 1441

Chukar Cherry Company: Booth 732

Noh Foods of Hawaii: Booth 1450

Colorado Mountain Jam: Booth 1769

Pacific American Fish Company, Inc.:

Culinary Collective: Booth 2439

    Booth 2714

Designed 4 Life, LLC: Booth 1462

Palapa Azul, Inc.: Booth 581

East-West Specialty Sauces Inc.: Booth 4304

Passage Foods, LLC: Booth 554

Fusion Gourmet: Booth 870

Pasta By Valente, Inc.: Booth 1681A

Gavina Gourmet Coffee: Booth 663

Rajbhog Foods: Booth 617

Gelateria Naia: Booth 302

Ramar Foods International Inc: Booth 501

GIFCO: Booth 2609

Savory Creations International: Booth 387

Hawaiian Host Chocolates: Booth 3316

Sukhi's Gourmet Indian Foods: Booth 1054

Hawaiian Paradise Coffee: Booth 1778

Sun Tropics, Inc: Booth 401

House of Webster, Inc.: Booth 1355

Tadin Herb & Tea Co.: Booth 1381

Jayone Foods, Inc.: Booth 363

Tortuga Rum Cake Company: Booth 4215 

The NASFT's Diversity Council is co-chaired by Marsha Echols, NASFT's legal advisor and Laurie Cummins, Alexian Pâtés, Neptune, N.J. The council members include Judi Arnold, Dufour Pastry Kitchens, Bronx, N.Y.; Nikhil Arora, Back to the Roots, Oakland, Calif.; Wendy Chan, Definity Marketing, New York; Shufina English, Caifornia Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity, San Francisco; Cara Figgins, Partners, a tasteful choice company, Seattle (serves as NASFT board liaison); Katrina Markoff, Vosges Chocolate, Chicago;  Paula Rimer, Crepini, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Sukhi Singh, Sukhi's Gourmet Indian Foods, Hayward, Calif.; and Felix Villa, Global Sales and Marketing Solutions, Westchester, Ill.

Fancy Food Show Exhibitor News: specialtyfood.com/winternews

About the NASFT
The NASFT is celebrating its 60th anniversary. It is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 to foster commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. Today there are more than 3,075 members in the U.S. and abroad. The NASFT's website for consumers, foodspring.com, provides an insider's look at specialty foods and the companies, food entrepreneurs and artisans behind them. For more information on the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, go to specialtyfood.com.

NASFT MEDIA CONTACTS:
Ron Tanner, VP Communications & Education; 646-878-0115, rtanner@nasft.org
Louise Kramer, Communications Director; 646-878-0130, lkramer@nasft.org

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