Sriracha created a stink, endangered honeybees got government buzzing, European-style cheeses were caught in a name game, and notable brands got snapped up by investors.

These are some of the ten most important events, trends, and movements that made 2014 a big year in specialty food as identified by the editors of Specialty Food News, the daily e-newsletter of the Specialty Food Association.

"Specialty food producers and consumers alike are more informed and passionate about their food than ever before," says Denise Purcell, editor of Specialty Food News.This year's top stories reflect that.

The top 10 specialty food stories of 2014 (click through each item to learn more):