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.

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.

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.

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.

Rafi Taherian Receives Foodservice Industry's Top Honor

CHICAGO, May 23, 2016Rafi Taherian, associate vice president, Yale Hospitality at Yale University, was named the 2016 Gold Plate Award winner by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) on May 21 at Revel Fulton Market in Chicago. Mr. Taherian was nominated by Basic American Foods, JL&A Communications and Sysco and was one of nine outstanding operator executives who were eligible for the award this year after receiving the IFMA Silver Plate Award in March. Mr. Taherian represented the Colleges and Universities Silver Plate Category.

What to Eat, Drink and Do in the West Loop during NRA Week

Be part of the West Loop Affair at Revel Fulton Market (1215 W. Fulton) for the 62nd Annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards on Saturday, May 21. Bring your friends, colleagues and customers to celebrate the industry’s best and discover this great new neighborhood in the process. Foodies welcome!  

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.

Future of Foodservice Student Spotlight: June Mumo

IFMA's Educational Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using her foodservice scholarship to further her studies in Culinary Arts & Applied Food Studies.

May: Welcome IFMA's New Members

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

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Aug 25

Operator Collaboration Model-Joint Business Planning

The Operator Collaboriation Model is the industry's go-to-market model to collaborate more effectively with your chain operator partners. The model provides a framework to classify and segment operator-supplier relationships, better allocating resources across organizations.

Joint Business Planning is the second phase of this model which provides a best practice approach in corporate-to-corporate planning. 

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