RIDEPLAY Riding into Summer Bites at the Summer Fancy Food Show 2023

BY William Andre Buchanan

June 29, 2023


The Sold-out 2023 Summer Fancy Food Show attracted thousands of buyers, innovators, food enthusiast, connoisseurs and influencers. The event was held from June 25-27 at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan, New York City. The show is an annual gathering for world-class specialty food and beverage providers and distributors.  Some of the biggest trends at the show included plant-based foods, functional foods, and sustainable packaging.

The Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest specialty food industry event in North America for product discovery, trendspotting, and networking. It is an opportunity for exhibitors to connect with thousands of qualified buyers, strengthen business relationships, network with peers, and learn from industry leaders. The show also attracts industry affiliates, press, influencers, investors, and trendspotters. These are all benefits to vendors participating. RIDEPLAY tv will also sponsor some advertising airtime to these participating vendors.



My visit was highlighted by the 37 startups, 38 incubators, 10 included companies, a membership collective for BIPOC top executives in CPG who are dedicated to one another’s success, who advocate for diverse representation, and who commit to amplifying BIPOC voices. This exciting partnership guides multiple efforts at the Summer and Winter Fancy Food Shows and is part of a long-term strategy to elevate BIPOC-owned brands in the industry.

Among the highlights were the Sofi Awards for New Product of the Year and Product of the Year that were voted on by buyers during the Summer Fancy Food Show. Mochidoki Vegan Passionfruit Mochi Ice Cream and Lewis Road Creamery 10 Star Certified Salted Butter were awarded the 2023 Sofi Awards for New Product of the Year and Product of the Year. 



What about the leftovers?

Donations Since 1992, the SFA has operated the Fancy Food Show Exhibitor Food Donation program to ensure unused food makes it to community members in need. Nearly 300,000 pounds of food is donated annually through this program. Exhibitor Food Donation Program partners are City Harvest in New York City and Three Square in Las Vegas. In addition to food, reusable items such as furniture, household products and construction materials are donated to local non-profit organizations. For the Summer Fancy Food Show, the SFA works with Freeman and the Javits Care Program to donate these items to local non-profits in the New York City area.    

About the Specialty Food Association                                                                                                
The not-for-profit Specialty Food Association (SFA) is the leading membership trade association and source of information about the $194 billion specialty food industry. Founded in 1952 in New York City, the SFA prides itself on being an organization by the members and for the members, representing thousands of specialty food makers and manufacturers, importers, retailers, buyers, distributors, brokers, and others in the trade. The SFA owns and operates the Fancy Food Shows—which are the largest specialty food industry events in North America—as well as the sofi™ Awards—which have honored excellence in specialty food and beverage annually since 1972. The SFA produces the Trendspotter Panel annual predictions, the State of the Specialty Food Industry Report, Today’s Specialty Food Consumer research, the Spill & Dish podcast, year-round educational programming for professionals at every stage in their business journey, and SFA Feed, the industry’s go-to daily source for news, trends and new product information. Find out more online and connect with SFA on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn, and TikTok.

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Learn how RIDEPLAY tv can help you expand and reach your audience. Simply complete the form on the right TODAY! Since coming into formation, RIDEPLAY tv has been a proud sponsor and media partner of some of these lavish events surrounding major publications & conventions. All vendors that participated are encouraged to take advantage of the exclusive airtime offer through the RIDEPLAY tv screen inventory. Please contact your event producers for details.




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