Gretchen Sussman

CSM Bakery Solutions

IF Makers Series

Gretchen develops and communicates clear and actionable strategies, while also removing barriers to her team's success at CSM Bakery Solutions. Further, she also prioritizes getting to know customers and offering value-added solutions to improve business results. Get to know her.

Elisa Giusti

Wholesome Harvest Baking

IF Makers Series

Elisa Giusti has a passion that echoes throughout her work. No challenge is too large. Simply tell her something can't be done, and she'll make it her mission to overcome. Pay attention to what she has to say, we'll be seeing much more from the likes of her. Get to know her.

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.

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.

Ben Shanley

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA

IF Makers Series

If there's one word to describe Ben Shanley it's "optimistic." He has spent 29 years with Coca-Cola reinforcing the brand's mission to refresh the world and inspire moments of optimism. Ben also views the future of foodservice with an optimistic lens, recognizing the industry's importance for U.S. employment and career growth. Get to know him.

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.

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.

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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