Media 2021 Specialty Food LIVE! January: A Virtual Marketplace and the 2021 SFA Leadership Awards 2

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SFA Winter Fancy Food Show (WFFS) 2021 (January 19 to 22, 2021): The annual and live WFFS usually held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, CA had been cancelled due to the global response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. In its place, the 2021 Specialty Food LIVE! January was developed as the primary virtual marketplace for all involved in the Specialty Food industry allowing participants to do business via video-chat, find out what's up and coming in the market and buyers can actually place orders directly online. The virtual marketplace was free for buyers and opened at 1100 AM EST on 1/19/21. Also, on 1/19/21, the SFA (Specialty Food Association) announced the winners of the 2021 Leadership Awards. These were given to industry participants to honor influential and innovative entrepreneurs who have transformed the specialty food industry. As is customary annually, the awards are presented in three (3) categories: BUSINESS LEADERSHIP, CITIZENSHIP and VISION. 1. BUSINESS LEADERSHIP: A. Briana Warner (Altantic Sea Farms) - Ms. Warner has worked with farmers to create a resilient and more adaptive environment. Through regenerative kelp aquaculture, a new, nourishing and sustainable food source was introduced to the U.S. Her team worked with at least 24 partner farmers from Portland to Eastport, Maine thereby increasing the food supply at least 20 times and sales growth by 800% during the past year; B. Desmond Tan (Burma Love Foods) - Mr. Tan, in 1992, bought a failed Burmese restaurant in San Francisco which allowed him to popularize Burmese cuisine in the Bay area. He decided to take the farm to table principle and personally bought Laphet directly from the source in Burma. He also partnered with the micro-tea farmers while living in the Shan State whose generations of families have been growing and fermenting tea leaves for centuries; 2. CITIZENSHIP: A. Bryon White (Yaupan Brothers American Tea) - Mr. White personally revived the American Tea industry by growing and harvesting a native and naturally caffeinated plant species, Yaupan Holly. He has also donated 15,000 meals to Feeding Florida during the Covid-19 Pandemic and supported indigenous cultures which were the original consumers of the Yaupan Holly; B. Channy Laux (Angkor Cambodian Food) - Ms. Laux was a refugee from Cambodia. She introduced Khmer ingredients to the U.S. and has worked with local refugee farmers to obtain the ingredients. At the same time, Angkor Food supports children's education in Cambodia and a women's recovery center in San Francisco, CA; And finally, 3. VISION: A. Pierre Thiam and Phil Teverow (Yolele) - Yolele originated from the idea that in order to cook West African food, one needs West African ingredients. For example, fonio, dawadawa and selim pepper, were not available here in the U.S. Pierre Thiam, a chef, and Phil Teverow, a specialty food veteran, had the vision of bringing tradiitonal West African ingredients to U.S. consumers and also providing income for farmers in the West African Sahel; B. Linda Appel Lipsius (Teatulia) - Ms. Lipsius has led Teatulia Organic Teas by pioneering the garden-to-cup model. Teatulia has a 3,000 acre regenerative tea garden which drives the economy and growth in Northern Bangladesh via a community co-operative. The latter also features a cattle-lending program, adult education and farming jobs. All in all, these resources provide for resources for the community members to fight and reverse poverty which is highly prevalent in the region. (Coverage provided by: Rene Zamora, Reporter, Newsmexx TV, Henderson, Nevada, USA).

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