2019 Leadership Awards

On November 28, 2018 in NEW YORK, NY, The Specialty Food Association (SFA) announced its honorees for the 2019 Leadership Awards, and they are:

Miyoko Schinner, Miyoko’s, is honored for Business Leadership for pioneering a plant-based cheese revolution via her business, located in Petaluma, CA.

Patrick Mateer, Seal the Seasons, Chapel Hill, NC is honored for his Vision – founding Seal the Seasons to work with smaller farmers and make local food available year round.

Lisa Curtis, Kuli Kuli Foods, Oakland, CA is honored for Citizenship – leading her company to use the leaves of moringa trees to improve the lives of women in West Africa.

Attend SFA’s Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and see the recipients accept their awards in a special ceremony on Sunday, January 13, 5:00-6:00 pm, then meet them during a reception.  Check-back for an updated report and interviews.

  • Nominations are made by SFA members and influencers in the specialty food industry. Honorees are selected from a slate of 30 candidates. The Leadership Award judges were association member-peers serving on the SFA Recognition Committee.

Phil Kafarakis, president of the Specialty Food Association says, “We are proud of the great work being done across the specialty food industry. We continue to positively impact, not just the food system, but our communities and world as well.”

“From farm to shelf, domestically to internationally, the three entrepreneurs we will honor are great examples of our organizational vision in action: ‘Shaping the Future of Food.’ We are excited to share their stories and recognize their achievements.”


About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,500 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. Learn more at specialtyfood.com.

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Our Science Reporter covers biology, technology and their impact on health. He holds a Masters in Science from UCLA.

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