The Specialty Food Association announces six winners of its third annual Leadership Awards honoring members who have gone "above and beyond" in advancing food standards in society by creating social, economic and environmental impact through innovation and vision.
Their achievements range from employing women in Kenya, to bringing halal foods to the American mainstream, to taking on U.S. agencies to change import laws.
The winners are:
Adnan Durrani, Saffron Road
David Gremmels, Rogue Creamery
Ahmed and Reem Rahim, Numi Organic Tea
Sara Holby, Ajiri Tea
Jeni Britton Bauer, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream
James May, Wisdom Natural Brands
"The specialty food industry is fueled by passionate entrepreneurs who seek to make a difference through the products they bring to market. These leaders are making an even greater impact by pioneering new business practices, empowering workers, and taking risks," says Ann Daw, president of the Specialty Food Association.
The awards will be presented on Jan. 11, 2015, at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, following a keynote address by Seth Goldman, co-founder and CEO of Honest Tea. The ceremony, co-presented by the Social Venture Network, is from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at Moscone Center.