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SFA Names Outstanding Specialty Retailers

NEW YORK — A panel of retailers, manufacturers, distributors and Specialty Food Association representatives have selected SFA’s Outstanding Retailers of 2013.

Winners are recognized for customer service, sourcing, merchandising and a commitment to local community. They are:

  •  Feast!  — A store and café in Charlottesville, Va. that showcases local products. Owners Kate Collier and Eric Gertner started  Local Food Hub, a non-profit focused on local food  distribution from farmers.
  • Lazy Acres Market — The Santa Barbara, Calif. specialty food retailer owned by Bristol Farms, is known for house-made  organic breads and a vast organic produce selection.
  • Oliver’s Market — With three locations in Sonoma Country, Calif., Oliver’s has a major focus on local produce from 300 farms, ranches and manufacturers, and an extensive cheese and wine selection.
  • Shady Maple Farm  Market — With roots as a roadside stand in Lancaster, Pa., this supermarket features a smokehouse which turns out 100 meats, cheeses and fish items each week.
  • Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop ­— Cheeses, imported meats, local products and a partnership with the Georgia Conservancy distinguish this family-owned  shop in Thomasville, Ga.
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