7 Specialty Food Vets to Receive SFA’s Lifetime Achievement Awards

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7 Specialty Food Vets to Receive SFA’s Lifetime Achievement Awards


The Specialty Food Association (SFA) announced the 2017 recepients of its Lifetime Achievement Awards. 

• Harold and Lorie Alexander, Kopper's Chocolate
• Ted Koryn, Liberty Foods
• Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman's Community of Businesses, pictured left
• Jerry Santucci, Santucci Associates Inc.
• Winston Stona, Busha Browne Company

Today's thriving $127 billion specialty food industry was built by the brilliance and hard work of these and other association members over its 65-year history. "This year's class of lifetime achievement winners should inspire all of us within the specialty food industry," said Phil Kafarakis, SFA president. "These individuals include a couple that introduced panned chocolates, an individual who brought jerk seasoning from Jamaica to the U.S., and a retailer who defines that best of specialty food. The hard work that they've put into their companies and the advances they've made in the industry have helped pave the way for the amazing growth and excitement for all of us."

The Mission of the SFA's Lifetime Achievement Award is "to identify and celebrate the actions and special qualities of those persons widely recognized as having grown the industry, improved the association, inspired companies and nurtured individuals."

Read more about the Lifetime Achievement winners and their accomplishments online.

The winners will be honored at a ceremony during the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City on Sunday, June 25.

TGR file photo. Ari Weinzweig and Paul Saginaw, founders of Zingerman's, Ann Arbor, Mich.