This morning we received a card announcing our 5th year anniversary as a member of the Specialty Food Association. A handwritten card. How nice is that these days? A token of appreciation and partnership that means a lot, especially as Lisa and Rachel prepare to attend the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City this coming weekend. In fact, this gesture we received in the mail today almost overshadowed the item we received over the weekend: Our sofi Award trophy!
So far, 2018 has been a fabulous year, not just because our signature Flourless Chocolate Torte was recognized with a Bronze Medal in the Gluten Free Category by the SFA sofi judges. We have grown our ability to reach celiac and gluten sensitive customers almost twofold, through our distributors, Amazon and the connections that shows, expos and social media can create. In fact, we are thrilled to be working with bloggers Life After Wheat, My Gluten Free Miami and Vegetarian Mamma, and podcaster Elikquitie of Travel Gluten Free to bring you updates and goodies you can win. Once we go live with Perishable Shipping Solutions after the 4th of July holiday, we will be even better poised to get our desserts to more people in pristine frozen or cold condition. And soon you will be able to click on our website to order straight from there, as well as on Jet.com, for those who prefer that online shopping platform.
We have gone nut free (except, we like to joke, for those of us employees who are still allowed to stick around.) And we are in the throes of product development so we can bring you new offerings in deluscious certified gluten free desserts. In fact, our fantastic Baker Whitney delivered a tray of cakes to management meeting for us to try, including a Carrot Cake we believe will be an improvement in moisture content after freezing, and a soy milk free Vegan Chocolate Cake that is amazing! When finalized, this will put us even closer to eliminating food allergens from our desserts.
We will keep you posted as we add stores and products to our repertoire, all with the mission in mind: We will become the premier provider of certified gluten free desserts in the United States. If you have an idea for a new product, be in touch. And if you would like to see our desserts made available in your favorite store, share the request you see here on this post with your store manager. We can work together to live our mission at Gem City Fine Foods to provide you with the treats you want to eat!