Winter Fancy Food Show 2019 Educational Program Schedule

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The Specialty Food Association, a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs, will present their Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, CA from January 13-15, 2019. In addition to 1,400+ exhibitors, the show will feature multiple educational sessions and special events. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,800 members in the U.S. and abroad with resources, 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. 


Phil Kafarakis, president, Specialty Food Association states, “Our Winter Show is an established gathering place for specialty food producers, buyers and distributors. They attend primarily to conduct business and build contacts, but the Fancy Food Shows are increasingly seen as places to also hear extraordinary thought-leaders share insights about the food business... Attendees may take advantage of opportunities to review recent consumer research, take a deep dive into food trends, or hear about the latest business practices."

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Speakers range from well-established industry leaders to young innovators. Just a sample: Bowie Cheung, director of operations for Uber Eats, US & Canada; David Donnan, senior partner, A.T. Kearney; Matthew Fitzgerald, senior VP of brand marketing, HelloFresh; Beth Haley, VP of vendor relations, DPI Specialty Foods; David Lockwood, director of Mintel Consulting, Mohammad Modarres, founder and CEO, Abe’s Meats; and Michele Simon, founder and executive director, Plant Based Foods Association.

Program for the 2019 Winter Fancy Food Show:


Sunday, January 13, 2019


8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Start Right, Grow Strong
9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Price it Right: Using Costs to Create Real-World Price Sheets
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Research Roundtable: Fresh Trends from the State of the Specialty Food Industry
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Maker Break: Co-Packing and Fulfillment
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. What’s the Big Idea? Food
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. SPECIAL EVENT: Specialty Food Leadership Awards Ceremony

Monday, January 14, 2019


9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. What’s for Dinner? Fighting for the 6pm Mindshare
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. How to Work with a Co-Packer
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The XX Factor: How Women are Reshaping the Future of Food
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Maker Break: Category Forecasts
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. What’s the Big Idea? Retail
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. SPECIAL EVENT: Front Burner Foodservice Pitch Competition

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. SPECIAL EVENT: Disruptor Panel
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sell Smart: The Best Channels for Your Product
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Food & Tech: How Technology Impacts our Food System
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Maker Break: Lessons from Incubators
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. What’s the Big Idea in Sustainability?


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