Italian Food Awards to reward innovation

Italy will be the largest foreign country at the US Specialty Food show at the Summer Fancy Food Show, celebrating the best innovative Italian food products recently launched in the US market

The Italian Food Awards USA will be the highlight of the Italian Pavilion at the 63rd edition of the Summer Fancy Food Show, the most important specialty food event in the United States which takes place in June. The program was unveiled in New York during a cocktail event hosted by the Specialty Food Association, which organizes the Fancy Food Show, and its exclusive agent for Italy, Universal Marketing. We are very proud that chose the Summer Fancy Food for the 2017 edition, said Donato Cinelli, CEO of Universal Marketing. This year we are presenting a completely new look of the pavilion. We are going to have a lot of activities, and special areas. It’s going to be a special edition, Cinelli said. A record number of over 300 Italian companies will be at the pavilion.

Italian food and innovation

Following previous editions in Europe, the Italian Food Awards 2017 will celebrate the best innovative Italian food products recently launched in the US market. We are very excited at the Specialty Food Association because we have been selected as the venue for the first edition of the US Italian Food Awards, said Chris Nemchek, Vice President of SFA. We are the place where innovation is introduced and these awards are going to highlight innovation in Italian food products and this is what the American public and American buyers are looking for, Nemchek said.

The awarding ceremony

The Italian Food Awards 2017 are open to all the Italian food and beverage exhibitors at the Summer Fancy Food show. Participation is free. The awarding ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 25, at 4:30 pm, in the Lounge of the Italian Pavilion at the Summer Fancy Food Show (June 25-27, Javits Center, New York). The organizers will accept a candidacy of a maximum two products from each participant. The candidate products must be new to the US market or must have been launched during the previous 24 months. The jury will comprise US retailers, buyers, distributors, and importers. The winners will be selected from different product categories (pasta, beverage, sauces and condiments, cold cuts, etc.). Three top awards will go to three special categories: “packaging”, “innovation”, and “sustainability”.
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