NASFTNational Association for the Specialty Food Trade
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These products were analyzed using photographs and 200- to 300-word descriptive statements from the NASFT website.
The specialty food sector reached new heights in 2011, with $75 billion in sales in retail and foodservice combined, contributing to a cumulative growth of nearly 20 percent since 2009, according to an April 2012 report from global market research firm Mintel and NASFT, "Specialty Foods -- The NASFT State of the Industry Report -- The Market -- US."
"This was the most competitive sofi Awards contest in its 40 year history," says Louise Kramer, spokesperson for NASFT. "Being a sofi finalist or winner means that a product truly stands out.
Conducted by two experts from NASFT, the seminar focused on the presentation of the annual "Fancy Food Show" (FFS), one of America's largest specialty food and beverage events, where companies can build contacts and partnerships in the U.S.
"Manufacturers are making it easier for people to have a high-quality meal," says Denise Shoukas, NASFT's communications director.
Since then, Out of a Flower has received numerous other awards from NASFT, including Outstanding New Best Seller in 1997 for Passion Fruit & Red Rose Petals Sorbet and Outstanding New Product in 1999 for Orchid Vanilla Ice Cream--the newest favorite flavor in their line of ice creams.
The show takes place as the NASFT celebrates its 60th anniversary.
It garnered high marks for quality, innovation, ingredient profile and pricing in the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT)'s August 201 I Product Evaluation.
The brand has been a frequent award winner at NASFT WFancy Food Shows and other venues.
The most likely group to purchase specialty foods are 18- to 34-year-olds, representing a generation of shoppers raised on such products, according to "Today's Specialty Food Consumer," a report presented in a Webcast yesterday by NASFT, Mintel, and the Food Institute.That age demographic makes up a whopping 69 percent of specialty food consumers, who in turn account for 56 percent of all consumers, NASFT and Mintel found in researchHosted by Marcia Mogelonsky of Mintel and Ron Tanner of NASFT, the Webcast presented research that showed that 25- to 34-year olds spend the highest percentage of food dollars on specialty foods.
Wok Mei makes its debut at the 50th Summer NASFT Fancy Food Show and will be available to ship in July 2004.
"We are proud to be co-sponsors of this new show district along with our partners at NASFT."