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.

John Flood

Wayne Farms

IF Makers Series

John was introduced to the world of foodservice during college when he received an internship from the IFMA Educational Foundation. He understands firsthand how supporting future leaders will better the industry and says, "When you find your passion, you will be successful." Get to know him.

Jay Crown

Rich Products Corporation

IF Makers Series

Jay asserts that in 2020, Foodservice will be moving faster than ever. Be it around adoption of trends, flavors and ingredients. The key difference will be how operators learn about them and the speed in which they are adopted. Get to know him.

Rick Kirkpatrick

Sweet Street Desserts

IF Makers Series

As vice president of sales & marketing at Sweet Street Desserts and an active IFMA board member, Rick relies on foodservice industry events and social media to build lasting relationships with foodservice leaders, fellow board members and his customers. 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.

This Consumer Makes Up 29% of the U.S. Population and Dines Out Most

Since today’s food consumer has drastically transformed, the Consumer Planning Program (CPP) Committee was formed to address the growing needs of the industry with Richer, Smarter, Bigger Consumer Data – All in One Smart Spend Package. Do you want the opportunity to delve deeper into the consumer mindset and drive the focus of future studies? Read more. 

June: Welcome IFMA's New Members

Each month we highlight the newest companies that make up IFMA's diverse membership community. This month Bel Brands USA has joined IFMA. Read on to learn about their background and specialty.

$247,000 awarded to the Future of Foodservice.

The IFMA Education Foundation has announced they will award $247,000 in 2016 stipends and scholarships.

IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Tradition Represents “Pinnacle” of Foodservice Careers

Rafi Taherian, associate vice president of Yale Hospitality at Yale University, apologized as he stood before some 600 foodservice professionals at Revel Fulton Market in Chicago May 21. He had just been awarded the 62nd Annual IFMA Gold Plate for overall foodservice industry excellence and did not have a speech prepared. The reason why speaks to how much respect Mr. Taherian has for the industry he has served for more than 30 years.  

Serving Independent Restaurants Puts Manufacturers at the Heart of the Foodservice Industry

Independent restaurants represent one-third of broadline foodservice distribution dollars and their spending has increased year-over-year for the past two years. This growth has transpired despite independents competing against the marketing power of national and regional foodservice chains and losing total visits and unit counts during the recession. The message these trends convey is clear—that if chains are the backbone of the restaurant industry, then independent restaurants are the heart and it pays in the long run for manufacturers to maintain a long-term independent strategy. 

IFMA Members Explain Benefits of Nominating Customers for COEX Innovation Awards

Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, Chipotlé, Fazoli’s, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Mellow Mushroom, Taco Bell and Whataburger were among the foodservice operators recently awarded with IFMA COEX Innovation Awards. Each was nominated by an IFMA member who was looking to “go a little further” to show how much they cared about their customers. The end result has proven to be a big hit with both the winners and the companies that nominated them.

Connect With IFMA

Aug 02

Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum

The annual IFMA Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum focuses on marketing and sales collaboration, providing these professionals the means to apply actionable insights and best practices to work together to improve both strategic planning and go-to-market execution. 

The program serves to unravel the complexities of the foodservice landscape, delivering powerful insights into the consumer, operator and distributor communities, as well as communicating how to best utilize the available tools for improved collaboration and tactical go-to-market execution. 

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