Trade Associations, Shows & Conferences

Specialty Food Association Board Appoints Bill Lynch as President

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Bill Lynch has been named as president of the New York City-headquartered Specialty Food Association (SFA). Initially appointed interim president in May 2020, he has been with the trade association for more than 20 years.

“Since assuming the role of interim president, Bill’s leadership under the pandemic (coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2) has been steadfast and creative, launching endeavors such as Specialty Food Live!, and virtual tasting events, all of which provide essential opportunities to our membership during these challenging times,” said Charlie Apt, chairman of the SFA board of directors.

Having previously served as vice president of engagement and experience, Lynch has vast experience in operations and is a recognized leader in the specialty food and trade show industries.

“I am honored to be appointed president, and will continue dedicating myself to the Association, and our members, who are an essential part of our dynamic $158.4 billion specialty food industry,” said Lynch.

About the SFA

Founded in 1952 in New York City, the Specialty Food Association represents manufacturers, importers, entrepreneurs, retailers, distributors and others in the trade. With more than 3,600 member companies, the SFA helps its members through providing information, research, networking, business-building and education opportunities, and recognition programs that celebrate the industry. The organization hosts the Summer and Winter Fancy Food Shows and presents the Sofi Awards honoring excellence in specialty food.