Richard Ferranti

Rich Products Corporation

IF Makers Series

"Why not?" is a simple question that has opened up a world of opportunity for Richard Ferranti. From establishing businesses in emerging markets like China, Brazil and India to leading the North American business for Rich Products, he's a foodservice guru with all the right stuff. 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.

William McClellan

Dawn Food Products, Inc.

IF Makers Series

William McClellan learned early on how hard foodservice professionals work during college, when a snowstorm rendered he himself as the only employee able to show up for work at an in-store cafe. That work ethic transcended throughout his career, as has his passion for the foodservice industry, which William brings to Dawn Foodservice every day. Get to know him.

Kristin Bird

Sara Lee Foodservice - Division of Hillshire Brands

IF Makers Series

Kristin leads the field selling organization, customer and segment marketing, culinary and training at Sara Lee Foodservice. What's more, she is active throughout the industry, including her role in supporting the development of foodservice category management. Get to know her.

 

Kathleen Schartner

Farmer Brothers Coffee

IF Makers Series

When asked how she keeps up with industry news and events, Kathleen noted, "dining out" in her response. It's precisely that simple, insightful, tuned-in mindset that makes Kathleen stand out in foodservice. Get to know her.

Streamlining Restaurant Supply Chains

Manufacturers and operators alike have experienced challenges when working together trying to develop trusted partnerships. Operators often wonder how to best articulate their needs to manufacturers; manufacturers wonder how to best prove their worth to operators. How great would it be if manufacturers and operators were speaking the same language and were able to articulate their role in each other’s business?

Joint Business Planning Definition and Best Practices Process Addressed During Second Committee Meeting

IFMA's Joint Business Planning Committee continued with its progress in developing a Best Practice in the area of supplier/operator Joint Business Planning at its second of three meetings Aug. 20. The Committee ratified a refined definition of what JBP is and how it will impact the industry. Additionally, it advanced a Best Practice Process that will enable professionals to bring JBP to market on a scalable basis.

Future of Foodservice Student Spotlight: Jonte Scott

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

Breakfast Isn't Just for Breakfast Anymore

Consumers are blurring mealpart lines and traditional meal items. According to IFMA's latest Consumer Planning Program (CPP) research, 56% of consumers have eaten a breakfast item for lunch or dinner at home, and more than a third (36%) have done this away from home. 

Washington Insights Update

Congress has been adjourned this month for the annual August recess. Most members, and many staff, have been away from Washington. Seemingly little negotiation has occurred on big-ticket items which members must address once they return. Perhaps the most looming item is appropriations, which must be addressed before September 30 to prevent a government shutdown. September is expected to be a busy month on Capitol Hill – in addition to appropriations, Congress must vote on the Iran nuclear agreement, transportation funding, and child nutrition reauthorization.

Three Ways to Engage IFMA to Bring Optimal Member Value

Great foodservice companies encourage professionals of all levels to make important decisions that generate efficient and effective business operations every day. Each of these professionals need access to unique resources and connections required to make informed decisions—the same decisions that will ultimately dictate how well a company performs in the foodservice market place.  

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