Specialty Food Magazine

Spring 2019

Specialty Food Magazine is the leading publication for retailers, manufacturers and foodservice professionals in the specialty food trade. It provides news, trends and business-building insights that help readers keep their businesses competitive.

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Specialty Food Association members represent the incredible diversity and creativity of one of the world's largest food markets. Membership is open to buyers, producers, distributors, brokers, and affiliates of the specialty food trade. Benefits include: • Exclusive Member-only benefits at the Fancy Food Shows • For Buyers - Complimentary LevelUP Show pass, lounge, and other amenities • Matchmaking for buyers and producers • SFA Product Marketplace - where producers display and buyers source specialty foods online • Discounts on research, events, and more • Critical regulatory updates • Free press releases and PR support QUESTIONS? Contact membership@specialtyfood.com • 646.878.0301 THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP Learn, Connect, Succeed TWO LABELS ARE BETTER THAN ONE Because of widespread confusion related to "Use By" labels, Americans unnecessarily throw out perfectly good food. The Grocery Manufacturers Association joined with the Food Marketing Institute to develop two streamlined options: "BEST If Used By" and "USE By." Since launching in 2017, 87 percent of products now carry these clearer labels, and 88 percent of consumers surveyed say they make more sense. To help even more, GMA launched its #10ItemsLess campaign, challenging Americans to throw away 10 less items than they did in 2018, with the hopes of making a big impact on food waste. Omnichannel Retailers Rule Offering both a brick-and-mortar and online e-commerce store wins with consumers, with more than 70 percent of shoppers preferring to make purchases from retailers offering both shopping options, according to DXC Technology Co. Less than 30 percent of consumers primarily shop internet-only retailers, while 36 percent buy in-store after exploring products online. 18 ❘ SPECIALTY FOOD MAGAZINE specialtyfood.com trends & happenings

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