Food Innovation Awards
Sofi™ Awards and SIAL Food Innovation Awards
NEW YORK and PARIS (June 14, 2016) - Two leading food shows, the Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show and Comexposium’s SIAL Paris, announce an agreement to highlight food innovation at their respective trade shows by featuring each show’s award-winning products.
Each organization and show share a goal of presenting buyers of specialty food from top names in retailing and foodservice with the best in innovation in everything from chocolate, cheese and olive oil to natural and organic foods, the Specialty Food Association with its sofi™ Awards and SIAL Paris with its Food Innovation Awards. “sofi” stands for specialty outstanding food innovation.
Each show will present the other’s award winners in high-profile showcases to provide the honored food companies with new opportunities to develop their businesses in international markets.
At the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show at Javits Center in New York, from June 26 – 28, a showcase will present the ten innovative food products selected for SIAL Food Innovation Awards at the SIAL shows in 2014, 2015, and 2016. During SIAL Paris 2016, October 16-20, in Paris Nord Villepinte, winners of the Specialty Food Association’s 2016 sofi™ Awards will be showcased in a dedicated display featuring 28 outstanding products.
“For years, SIAL has been inspiring attendees by providing food for thought by showcasing product innovation in all its guises, and by spotlighting food trends from around the world,” say Nicolas Trentesaux, SIAL Network director. “It is logical to join forces with the Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show and sofi™ Awards, in hopes that we will both inspire our respective clients and partners.”
“The sofi Awards are the highest honor in the specialty food industry and we are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase these outstanding innovative products at such an important international marketplace as SIAL Paris,” says Laura Santella-Saccone, chief marketing officer of the Specialty Food Association. “By showcasing SIAL’s Food Innovation honorees, we are adding even more innovative products to present to key buyers from around the world who attend the Summer Fancy Food Show.”
For 50 years, SIAL has highlighted innovation in the agri-food business to better understand and anticipate food trends. SIAL is working with local and international experts to identify the innovative products of its exhibitors at all SIAL shows. More than 2,000 innovative products are selected per year, with 12 SIAL Innovation winners touring the world each year to all SIAL shows.
About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs who bring craft, care and joy to the distinctive foods they produce. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,200 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. Learn more at specialtyfood.com
Specialty food association media contact:
- Louise Kramer, lkr[email protected] or 646-878-0130.
SIAL Paris media contact:
- Nelly Baron, [email protected] or +33 6 34 32 28 62
To discover the latest trends in these two markets, check out these award winners and get inspired!
Summer Fancy Food Show, June 26 - 28, 2016, Javits Center, New York