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.

Ben Shanley

Coca-Cola North America

IF Makers Series

If there's one word to describe Ben Shanley it's "optimistic." He has spent 34 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.

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.

Dawn Aubrey

University of Illinois

IF Makers Series

Dawn advises those new to the industry to understand it is more than a job, it is a calling that has a significant impact on others. She says personalized service and excellent food made with ethically sourced and sustainably made ingredients are what students like most about U of I Dining. 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.

February: Welcome IFMA's New Members

Each month we highlight the newest companies that make up IFMA's diverse membership community. This month Concord Foods, National Turkey Federation and RTi joined IFMA. Read on to learn about their background and specialty.

Food in America – A Redefinition of Our Industry

Overview

For decades, foodservice has been defined as food prepared away from home. Today, however, the lines are blurring between foodservice and in-home meals. When people entertain at home, for example, they often acquire food from both retail and foodservice sources. Research shows that people enjoy eating at home when they are multitasking or when they want a comfortable atmosphere. On the other hand, consumers are excited and passionate about away-from-home meals. Rather than trying to get people into restaurants, foodservice companies can succeed by bringing food to consumers at home. Keys to success are improved access, delivery, and automation.

Connecting Global Military Foodservice Leaders to Your Products

Most manufacturers recognize that the U.S. Navy's global on-shore food operations present significant business opportunities; however, many suppliers may not approach the market because of the perception it is too difficult to get their foot in the door. Both new and existing suppliers can achieve substantial long-term success with the U.S. Navy when they focus on sustaining strategic partnerships.   

The DNA of a Limited Time Offer: What makes them "stick"?

Restaurant dining guests are “activity rich” and “time poor.”  They lead busy, frenetic, fast-paced, complex lives.  They’re stretched, they’re stressed, they’re tired and they don’t want to put any more effort into making a decision about what they want to eat any more than they have to. Enter the solution...

February 2017 Future Foodservice Spotlight: Alina Kim

The IFMA Education Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using her foodservice scholarship to further her studies in food science.

IFMA Announces COEX 2017 Innovation Award Recipients

CHICAGO, JANUARY 23, 2017—IFMA has named four chain operators as recipients of the 2017 COEX Innovation Awards. Arby’s, Chick-fil-A, Granite City Food & Brewery and Taco John’s will be honored March 7 at the IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) conference in Las Vegas.

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Chain Operators EXchange (COEX)

The IFMA 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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