Specialty Food Magazine

JUL-AUG 2012

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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NASFT History The history of NASFT begins with the future. Or rather, the association's history is best appreciated by knowing how future-oriented it has always been. Early in the 1950s, a group of businessmen SHUFHLYHG WKH QHHG IRU D XQLÀ HG YRLFH UHSUHVHQWLQJ manufacturers, importers and retailers of specialty foods. The pressing motive for forming a trade association was to seek relief from U.S. government- imposed levies and other restrictions on imported foods. The underlying purpose was to create a professional information source for all aspects of the specialty food industry. These future-oriented thinkers recognized the potential for growth of VSHFLDOW\ IRRGV DQG WKH YDOXH RI DQ LQGXVWU\ VSHFLÀ F trade association. The Birth of the NASFT The beginnings of the specialty food industry in the 8 6 VWDUWHG ZLWK WKH À UVW VHWWOHUV (DUO\ DUULYDOV WR A Celebration 60 Years of 1. BY POLLY ADEMA the New World brought foods from their homelands, a practice continued by each successive wave of immigrants. Throughout the 19th and 20th century, Italian, centuries, markets opened to serve growing communities of immigrants. By the mid- 20th German, Mexican, Polish, Asian and other ethnic markets dotted rapidly expanding urban landscapes. Imported foods were For 60 years, NASFT has been a source of information and support for people involved in all segments of the specialty food trade. enjoyed by immigrants IRU ZKRP WKHVH Á DYRUV ZHUH WDVWHV RI KRPH DQG WKH\ were increasingly sought by others curious about ´H[RWLFµ Á DYRUV *UDGXDOO\ QRQ ,WDOLDQV GHYHORSHG a taste for olive oils, pasta and cheeses; non-Asians VRXJKW WKH FRPSOH[ Á DYRUV RI LQJUHGLHQWV DQG GLVKHV offered at Chinese and other Asian food outlets. By From its debut in 1955 with 82 exhibitors, the Fancy Food Show has grown to become the premier North American food event A VISUAL FEAST: A Special Exhibit Celebrating 60 Years of NASFT History Visit the exhibit at the Summer Fancy Food Show or at specialtyfood.com/avisualfeast 58TH SUMMER FANCY FOOD SHOW® JUNE 17-19, 2012 t WASHINGTON, DC OFFICIAL SHOW DIRECTORY Owned and Produced by The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.® Get A Head Start! What's New, What's Hot Opens 9:30 am Each Show Day! fancyfoodshows.com Follow us on:

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