NEW YORK — Philip M. Kafarakis has been named president of the Specialty Food Association. In his new role, Mr. Kafarakis will be responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the not-for-profit trade association, which serves more than 3,200 member companies in the food and beverage industry.
“The Specialty Food Association is regarded as the food industry's innovation incubator, while also preserving and promoting traditional processes and tastes,” Mr. Kafarakis said. “I look forward to extending the association’s member value platforms and working with authentic food creators and purveyors at a time when the American consumer’s interest in food has grown to new heights. It’s a great honor to join the association, and to work with and lead these most passionate and entrepreneurial food companies as we expand our mission.”
Mr. Kafarakis joins the S.F.A. from the National Restaurant Association, where he was the chief innovation and member advancement officer for the Washington-based company since 2013. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with McCormick & Co. and held executive leadership positions at Cargill, Kraft and Jones Dairy Farm.“We are very pleased to have Phil join our organization,” said Becky Renfro Borbolla, chair of the S.F.A.’s board of directors. “His experience and insight to the industry will provide us with an excellent blend of strength in strategy, member development and engagement, sales and marketing, and innovative partnership development. Each of those qualities will be essential to our association as we seek to serve our members and the industry in new and compelling ways.”