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.

Eric S. Hetrick

Global P&G Professional

IF Makers Series

Eric Hetrick has lived in eight locations in four different countries during his 28 years of working with P&G. Now Eric is responsible for leading P&G Professional's business around the globe. A favorite part of his job is bringing innovation to the foodservice industry and helping customers create an outstanding experience for their patrons. 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.

Michael Cannon

Surlean Foods

IF Makers Series

Managing the growth and development of the sales, marketing and R&D teams at Surlean Foods is quite the task, but somehow Michael finds time to help shape many of IFMA's programs. His motto, "Don't let 'perfect' get in the way of 'better'" helps him stay on task and continuously seek improvement. Get to know him.

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.

John Miller Receives Foodservice Industry's Top Honor

CHICAGO, MAY 19, 2015-John Miller, President and CEO, Denny's Corporation, was named the 2015 Gold Plate Award winner by  the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) on May 18 at Chicago's historic Great Hall at Union Station. Mr. Miller was sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Basic American Foods and was one of seven outstanding operator executives who were eligible for the award this year after receiving the IFMA Silver Plate award in March. Mr. Miller represents the Chain Full Service/Multi-Concept category.

Fresh, Local, Organic & Sustainable are What Health is all About

We are way past just fat and calories. People today associate health with items they feel good about consuming - fresh, local, natural, organic and sustainable - under a larger healthy halo. IFMA's Consumer Planning Program 2014 Report uncovers the shift in health drivers for today's consumers.

John Koncki from CKE Restaurants to Join May's SMB Call

Every month, IFMA's Small & Midsized Business (SMB) community hosts a discussion with industry experts, trading partners or operator customers. John Koncki, Director of R&D at CKE Restaurants, will be joining the SMB community call and discussing how small and midsized businesses can work with the restaurant chain.

Joint Business Planning for Chain Operators/Manufacturers Announced

CHICAGO, May 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), with the resources of The Partnering Group (TPG), announced today an industry-wide Joint Business Planning (JBP) initiative to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of foodservice operator and manufacturer collaboration.

Five Consumer Trends Shaping the Future of the Food and Foodservice Industries

Sluggish restaurant traffic growth and stalled sales in the center aisles at grocery stores are evidence that U.S. consumers' eating behaviors are evolving. The growing influence of Hispanics, Millennials going through life stages, aging boomers, smaller households, and the need for fresh and non-processed foods are among the factors driving the shift in what and how consumers eat, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.

Antibiotics In Animals - Overview

Bacteria and microbes are found everywhere in the environment, which means animals are exposed to the potential for disease whether they're raised on open range or indoors. Antibiotics are used to kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause disease.
Veterinarians and farmers use a variety of tools to protect the health and well-being of animals, including antibiotics. Veterinarians are uniquely qualified to determine how best to treat, control and prevent animals diseases to keep animals healthy, which is essential to both animal well-being and food safety.

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May 18

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This elegant event during NRA Week enables manufacturers to honor the nation's top operator talent. Annually IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the celebration. This event affords the perfect opportunity to entertain operator customers.

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