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In 2016, Ron Johnson was inducted into the Specialty Food Hall of Fame.

In 2016, Ron Johnson was inducted into the Specialty Food Hall of Fame.

In 1978 Encore Specialty Foods’ founder Ron Johnson fused his passion for cooking and a fluency in French to begin France America, a company focused on importing French cheeses for distributors across the U.S. Over time, Johnson pivoted to a focus on nonperishable food products, and expanded sourcing beyond France, developing relationships with food producers all over the globe, while maintaining a focus on European cuisine.

In 2004 a third iteration of Johnson’s original concept was launched, appropriately named Encore! Specialty Foods, signaling a relaunch into the industry as well as paying respect to the foundation of French cuisine that provided a starting point for our family business. Encore Specialty Foods is owned and operated today by Ron’s son Jeremy, and his daughter Hanley.