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.

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.

Loren Kimura

Basic American Foods

IF Makers Series

Growing up in the restaurant business, Loren Kimura was destined for a career in foodservice. He jumpstarted his career working at Nestle and quickly learned the ropes by immersing himself in a variety of functional areas, including finance, operations and sales. The skills he learned early on have helped him get to where he is today at Basic American Foods. 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.

Jim Plummer

Signature Breads, Inc.

IF Makers Series

If innovation is key to the foodservice industry's success then Jim Plummer is helping make it happen. His motto - "Never stop learning" - drives him to continuously challenge himself and his colleagues at Signature Breads to find new ways to appeal to consumers' palates and ultimately support their operator customers. Get to know him.

60th Anniversary of Gold & Silver Plate Awards Honors Eight Premier Foodservice Operators

Find out which distinguished operators have been named the 2014 Silver Plate Award recipients! The most coveted award of all, the Gold Plate, will be announced May 19 in Chicago.

Deep Dive Topics Mean Deeper Understanding

The Consumer Planning Program's (CPP) base research tracks consumer eating occasions and eater types; however other deep dive topics (decided by committee members) add richer understanding of how to drive consumer demand in foodservice.   

Foodservice Category Management: Best Practices and Training & Certification Program Advances Industry Knowledge

IFMA and The Partnering Group are proud to announce the best practices report (Full Plate™: Category Management Business Process for Foodservice) and Foodservice Category Management Training and Certification Program, powered by Full Plate™. 

Learn how to enhance the value of the foodservice consumer's choice

You will not want to miss this year's edition of the conference past attendees have called "beyond excellent."  At the 3rd annual Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum, foodservice marketing and sales pros will convene to discover new insights & best practices that drive planning & execution.

Foodservice Distributors: Your Route to Market

What's your distribution strategy? Who do you partner with to reach which operators and which consumers? If your strategy includes reaching the independant operator, what role does Club and Cash & Carry play? This is the focus of the upcoming Strategic Issues Series forum, "Framework for a Distribution Strategy", including guest speaker Clark Pager with Restaurant Depot. 

Getting the Consumer Back — Together

Growth, or lack of growth, is the biggest challenge we face in the foodservice industry. Since 2008, the foodservice industry has lost more than $20 billion in sales as consumers have reduced the amount of money they spend on meals away from home. To turn things around the first step is to get the consumer back. 

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Apr 29

College & University Forum Hotel O’Hare - Rosemont

Exclusively open to IFMA manufacturer members and operator partners, IFMA Operator Forums feature a series of one-on-one meetings with up to 15 leading operator decision-makers. 

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