Summer Fancy Food Show Contributes to Anti-Hunger Programs
Specialty Food Makers Help Feed Thousands
New York, N.Y. (July 10, 2012)
- (Virtual Press Office
) – Exhibitors at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C., donated more than 135,000 pounds of specialty chocolate, cheese, olive oil, pasta sauces, meats and produce—enough to fill six tractor trailers—to area residents in need.
The donation to the Capital Area Food Bank
, the Washington metropolitan area’s largest hunger relief organization, is helping to provide 100,000 meals to people at risk for hunger. The food was collected at the end of the three-day event by 340 volunteers who fanned out across the exhibit halls to gather food from exhibitors from Egypt to Ecuador and across the U.S.
The show is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages in North America. It was held June 17 – 19, 2012, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The exhibit halls were filled with 180,000 products from 80 countries and regions representing the latest innovations from food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs.
In addition to the food donation, the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. (NASFT), the show’s owner, made contributions totalling $30,000 to World Central Kitchen
and DC Central Kitchen
, anti-hunger organizations supported by Chef José Andrés, the noted chef and culinary innovator. Andrés served as keynote speaker and presenter of the sofi™ Awards
for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year. The donations were made in lieu of a speaking fee for Andrés.
During his address at the red-carpet awards ceremony, Andrés reminded the audience of food manufacturers and buyers that they have a purpose beyond selling popular specialty foods. He spoke of the power of food to make connections and build communities and called on the specialty food industry to use that power to influence and educate consumers. "Make something you are proud of," he advised, and urged them to get engaged in fighting hunger and obesity. “We have to be bold in creating solutions," he said.
“Our exhibitors have a wonderful tradition of giving back,” says Ann Daw, president of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc., the show’s owner. “José Andrés is a passionate advocate for ending hunger, and we are so pleased that we can help support his efforts.”
Lynn Brantley, president and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank, said, “We thank the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade for selecting the Capital Area Food Bank to receive the recovered food items from the Fancy Food Show. Over 300 volunteers, including our entire staff, collected over 135,000 pounds of perishable and non-perishable food. We were able to provide over 100,000 meals to our neighbors who are at risk of hunger.”
The Summer Fancy Food Show moved to Washington, D.C., in 2011 and 2012 from its long-time home at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York due to ongoing construction. It will return to New York next year, and will be held June 30 – July 2, 2013.
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 2,900 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
The History of Specialty Food
To mark its 60th Anniversary, the NASFT has created “A Visual Feast,” a detailed history of specialty food, major culinary milestones and the innovators behind them. See it at http://www.specialtyfood.com/avisualfeast
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