National Association for the Specialty Food Trade
Honors 50-year Members
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NEW YORK, N.Y.—The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. recognized
two companies for 50 years of membership. Byrd Cookie Company and Sopexa USA were
presented with plaques in recognition of their half-century of membership as part of the sofi
Awards ceremony at the Summer Fancy Food Show.
Byrd Cookie Company, based in Savannah, Georgia, has been making authentic Southern
cookies since 1924 and also makes biscuits and condiments. Its president, Benny Curl, is a
past chairman of the NASFT. Sopexa USA, formerly known as Food & Wines From France, is
a pioneer in the marketing of specialty foods. Based in New York City, the company promotes
French food, wine and spirits throughout the U.S.
In addition, the NASFT recognized the following specialty food companies for 25 years
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American Spoon Foods
Baycliff Company, Inc.
Bernard Food Industries, Inc.
De Medici Imports, Ltd.
Eden Foods, Inc.
Enstrom Candies, Inc.
Good Groceries Company
Hormel Foods Corporation
Independent Can Company
Long Grove Confectionery Company
Lynch Specialty Foods, Inc.
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“The specialty food industry has been built by companies like these that have been on
the forefront for years,” says Ann Daw, president of the NASFT. “They have created
consumer interest that has inspired and encouraged thousands of entrepreneurs to follow
in their footsteps.”
The NASFT was founded in 1952 to foster trade, commerce and interest in the specialty
food industry. Today there are 2,900 member companies in the US and abroad. In addition
to its Fancy Food Shows, the NASFT has developed a host of programs designed to help its
members year round. These include regional share groups, webinars targeted to the specific
needs of specialty food manufacturers, importers and distributors, and opportunities to
showcase products at important trade events around the world. For more information go
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