Larry Oberkfell

IFMA

IF Makers Series

A seasoned food industry executive with more than 30 years experience working for Anchor Foods, The Schwan Food Company, Orval Kent, Rich Products and IFMA, Larry is a high-energy slayer of comfort zones-approaching every challenge with an open mind and a smile. Get to know him.

Malcolm Simmonds

J.R. Simplot Company

IF Makers Series

Malcolm credits his success to getting out in the field and remaining customer-focused. One the best parts of his job is interacting with customers and finding out how they adapt in the ever-changing foodservice landscape. Get to know him.

Don Davis

Hillshire Brands

IF Makers Series

Don Davis may have started his career as a soda machine delivery driver, but he didn't stay behind the scenes for long. His knack for customer appreciation and creating long-term partnerships has since led him up the ranks in the foodservice industry, boosting him to leadership at Hillshire Brands. Get to know him.

Mike Villano

Basic American Foods

IF Makers Series

Mike Villano is no stranger to hard work. After getting his start in foodservice managing seafood restaurants in Manhattan, he learned quickly what types of challenges operators face on a daily basis. This foundational knowledge and his "no shortcuts" approach helps him ensure Basic American Foods' customers thrive in the restaurant business. Get to know him.

Ray Welch

ThirsTea Corp

IF Makers Series

From production line to President, Ray Welch has seen it all in foodservice. With his feet planted firmly in hard work and perseverance, he has become of the industry's most notable leaders. Get to know him.

2014 Presidents Conference Executive Summary: Foodservice "State of the Industry" Report

Leaders of IFMA, the NRA and IFDA delivered a SWOT analysis during their Foodservice "State of the Industry" Report, presented at the 2014 Presidents Conference. Their findings? The industry grew in 2014 and significant opportunities exist to increase consumer demand in 2015. Substantial savings opportunities can also be gained through more efficient supply chains this year. Learn how industry-wide collaboration is expected to continue contributing to increased foodservice sales and profitability in 2015.

Driving Consumer Demand

The $683 billion restaurant industry is mature; however, there is unprecedented opportunity for innovation.

At COEX 2014, panelists from four fast-expanding chains illustrated,  there is tremendous potential for and reward from innovation.  All four entrepreneurs have tapped niches of consumer  demand to build distinctive, well-loved brands that  attract a loyal customer following. And all have prioritized  people, fostering enduring connections in unique ways.

January: Welcome IFMA's newest members!

Each month we highlight the newest companies that make up IFMA's diverse membership community. Read on to learn about their backgrounds, specialties and why they are leaders in the foodservice industry.

Operator/Manufacturer Collaboration Model-OCM: Product Category Role

In our second installment of the OCM Process, learn about the first step in creating collaboration between the manufacturer and chain operator: Determining the product category role.

McAlister’s CEO Carin Stutz to Address ‘Building a Winning Team’ at COEX

Carin Stutz may be the brand new CEO of McAlister's Deli, but she is by no means new to the foodservice industry. She served as President and CEO of Cosi and held executive-level positions at Applebee's and Chili's. Ms. Stutz will bring this experience to IFMA's Chain Operator EXChange March 1-4, where she will address how to build a winning team and gain an increased share of the consumer choice. 

Future of Foodservice Student Spotlight: Juliet Leon

IFMA's Educational Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using her foodservice stipend to further her studies in Food Science.

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Mar 01

Chain Operators Exchange (COEX)

The Chain Operators Exchange (COEX) enables chain operators to take advantage of business building insights and create personal connections with leading manufacturers. With dozens of high-profile operators on the planning committee, the program truly is created "by operators, for operators."

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