NASFT names outstanding specialty food retailers of 2011

New York City -- The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) has announced the Outstanding Specialty Food Retailers of 2011. The winners are: Central Market, Austin, Texas; Fromagination, Madison, Wisc.; Olives Gourmet Grocer, Long Beach, Calif.; The Cheese Iron, Portland, Maine; The Fresh Market, Greensboro, N.C.; and ZZest Market & Café, Rochester, Minn.

“Each honoree exemplifies the hallmarks of specialty food retailing in a unique way,” said Ann Daw, president of the NASFT. “They all bring a passion for food, the customer, and the community to their work every day.”

The awards will be presented July 11, at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C. The winners were selected by a panel of specialty food experts convened by the NASFT who evaluated nominees from across the United States.

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