Women in Specialty Food

October 20, 2021

The Specialty Food Association has been presenting Leadership Awards since 2013. In 2020, for the first time, all three recipients were women.

With women-owned businesses on the rise, the number of specialty food companies and restaurants owned by women has grown as well. According to the National Restaurant Association, women-owned businesses grew at a rate three times higher that the overall restaurant industry from 2007-2012.

At the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show, panelists noted that many of the female entrepreneurs are taking a more holistic approach to things like supply chains, with an attitude of sustaining, growing and building, rather than just harvesting.

At Chobani Incubator, a program to help start-ups bring better food to more people, more than half the businesses that apply for the program, and 80 percent of the businesses accepted, are co-founded or founded by women.

From restaurants, to industry-focused incubators, to niche product lines that started in kitchens, women are bringing their talents and vision the specialty food industry.

Tags: national women owned business, small business, snacks, specialty foods, women owned

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