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Tanka president honored for leadership by
the Specialty Food Association


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We are very proud of our president Mark Tilsen! He was just honored for Citizenship by the Specialty Food Association's 2017 Leadership Awards. He received his award this week during the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.

The awards, which are given in three categories, Business Leadership, Citizenship, and Vision, recognize industry frontrunners who have gone above and beyond in advancing food standards in society-and society itself-by creating social, economic and environmental impact through innovation and vision.

Nominations were made by members of the Specialty Food Association and others in the specialty food industry. A panel of judges composed of industry experts and influencers selected the six winners from more than 50 nominees across the three categories.

"I am honored to be chosen for the Citizenship award," said Tilsen, president and co-owner of Native American Natural Foods, maker of Tanka buffalo snacks. "To be recognized for Citizenship speaks to our company's dedication to creating opportunity for Native people, improving the diets of the community, and to bringing back the buffalo to Indian lands."

"These six individuals are leading examples of specialty food entrepreneurs who are truly making a difference," said Phil Kafarakis, president of the Specialty Food Association. "In our growing industry, leaders like these are paving the way for other companies to succeed and become recognized names. It's our honor to acknowledge their achievements through the Leadership Awards."







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Guest on Wed May 3, 2017 8:58:49
UNBELIEVABLE! Medical issues have plagued me most of my life, cancer survivor 3 times so immune system is quite nil. Digestion problems daily but yesterday (on the Calendar) I was blessed with a Tanka Bar/cranberries & pepper blend and was shocked that I had no problem digesting, packed full of flavor, and kept me filled until the end of the day. It's a blessing when someone just walks in and hands you something to eat knowing how hard everyday is a struggle. I look forward to finding and discovering locations to purchase more when I can. My doctor will also be reviewing the products as he too is AMAZED! thank you for what your are giving to the world.

Guest on Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:25:5
Thank you all at Tanka for a wonderful food, and congratulations to you Mr. Tilsen.