Greg Drescher | Vice President at The Culinary Institute of America
Robert Holden | Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services
President, Specialty Food Association
Phil Kafarakis is president of the Specialty Food Association (SFA), a not-for-profit organization whose members are specialty food artisans, importers, buyers, and entrepreneurs. Overall specialty food sales in the U.S. totaled over $140 billion in 2017.
The SFA produces the world-renowned Winter & Summer Fancy Food Shows, the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty foods, the award-winning Specialty Food Magazine, and affiliated media platforms.
Kafarakis’ 35+ years of leadership in the global food industry also include executive positions at McCormick & Co., Cargill, Jones Dairy Farm and Kraft. Just prior to the SFA, Kafarakis served as Chief Innovation & Member Advancement Officer at the National Restaurant Association.