The NCSFA conferences are a must attend event for everyone interested in the specialty foods industry in North Carolina. It is your opportunity to learn from experts in their field, meet the leadership of the NC Specialty Foods Association and the NC Department of Agriculture, and network with your peers.
Members – please register for our 2018 Product Awards Competition here. Judging takes place on 8/21 and 8/23. The absolute deadline for getting your products to Sherry Barefoot for entry is Friday, August 17th. Don’t miss this opportunity to be among the best of the best!
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($35 for members – you must sign in to get this price. Use the ‘Need a password’ link if you forgot your password or submit a support request here.)
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NC Specialty Foods Association
P.O. Box 5272
Cary, NC 27512
Members – $35 per ticket. Non-members – $85 per ticket. Be sure to include your company name, number of attendees and any dietary restrictions.
Date: Friday, September 7th
WinMock at Kinderton, 168 E Kinderton Way, Bermuda Run, NC
Tentative Conference Program
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Coffee and Networking
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome
Samantha Swan, Cottage Lane Kitchen
9:30 a.m. Getting on the shelf, Nancy Kimbrough, Bestway Grocery
Nancy is the owner of Bestway Grocery, Bestway Marketplace (Opening Fall 2018) and French Artisan Bread Bakery. Previously she was a Vice President at Macy’s Department Stores where she also served as a buyer, sales manager, and executive trainee.
9:50 a.m. Getting on the shelf, Krista Morgan, Lowes Foods
Krista is the the Local Account Lead at Lowes Foods. She holds a BS in Horticulture Science from NC State. She has served as the liaison for the NC Growing Together grant project, spoken on many panels, on the board for the Sandhills AgInnovation Center, partners with various organizations across North & South Carolina, and continues to build relationships between local growers and vendors.
10:10 a.m. Getting on the shelf, Chris Eastwood, Gourmet Foods International
Chris Eastwood joined Gourmet Food International in 2016. He earned his ACS Certified Cheese Professional in 2017. His previous experience includes specialty distribution, wine distribution and restaurants. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
10:30 a.m. Getting on the shelf, Taylor Osborne – D&H Marketing
Taylor Osborne has spent 15 years in the food brokerage industry helping to support the objectives of food manufacturers in North Carolina grocery retailers. His background is in Fresh & Perishable category sales support with a focus on brand marketing strategies and data insights and analytics
10:50 – 11:00 a.m. Quick Break
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Getting on the Shelf Discussion Panel – Q&A
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Networking
1:00 p.m. The TW Garner Story, Ann Garner Riddle, TW Garner Food Company
Ann Garner Riddle serves as President and CEO of TW Garner Food Company where she has spent the last 46 years. She holds a BA in Psychology from Hollins College and a BS in Food Science from NC State. In June 2010, Riddle was elected President and CEO in 2010, and under her leadership the company has maintained steady, managed growth.
1:45 NCDA Update, Sherry Barefoot, NCDA & CS
Sherry Barefoot is the NCDA&CS Marketing Specialist for specialty foods and the liaison for the NC Specialty Foods Association. Prior to being promoted to Marketing Specialist, she was the Program Manager for the NCDA&CS Market News Section. Sherry has more than 20 years experience with the NCDA&CS in leadership, project management and marketing.
1:45 Economic Development Partnership of NC – STEP Grant Overview, Liz Isley, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
Liz holds an MPA in Public Administration from East Carolina University. She has worked with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina for the past three years. Prior to that she worked at the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center.
2:15 p.m. Help Me Help You: How To Get The Media To Pay Attention, Rachel Sutherland, Rachel Sutherland Communications
Before founding her public relations company, Rachel Sutherland Communications, Rachel was a journalist for more than 13 years, most recently as the Style Editor at the Charlotte Observer, the largest daily newspaper in the Carolinas. RSC clients have been featured in Cooking With Paula Deen, The Oprah Magazine, Country Living, Southern Living, USA Today, Wine Spectator, The New York Times and Working Mother, among other media outlets.
3:00 p.m. NCSFA Awards Presentation, Sherry Barefoot, NCDA&CS
Meet the winners of the 2018 NC Specialty Foods Association Awards Competition