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.

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.

Kami Smith

Dawn Foods

IF Makers Series

Kami has a job many of us could only dream of: corporate pastry chef. Hard work through the years and finely honing her ability to juggle many tasks at once have delivered her sweet success at Dawn Foods Products. Reading her profile is like viewing an amazing dessert menu. Get to know her

Kristin Bird

Sara Lee Foodservice - Division of Hillshire Brands

IF Makers Series

Kristin leads the field selling organization, customer and segment marketing, culinary and training at Sara Lee Foodservice. What's more, she is active throughout the industry, including her role in supporting the development of foodservice category management. Get to know her.

 

Kevin Delahunt

Sargento Foods Inc.

IF Makers Series

Kevin worked his way through college as a bartender in a variety of establishments including restaurants, taverns, night clubs and Summerfest, the world's largest music festival in his home town of Milwaukee. Now Kevin is President of the Food Service Division at Sargento Foods, Inc. He notes that America has the most well developed foodservice marketplace in the world. Get to know him.

Want to Better Understand Consumer Behavior and Dining Motivations?

Released this week, the new 2015/2016 Consumer Planning Program (CPP) Report uncovers eating behavior data from nearly 12,000 consumers across 17 critical topical areas. The Report, compiled in conjunction with Datassential, helps manufacturers address a void in insightful, reliable and current data available to the foodservice industry.



            

The NPD Group Study Forecasts 1 Percent Foodservice Industry Growth in 2016

The NPD Group, a leading global information company, reported last month that in 2015 the U.S. foodservice industry recovered the visits it lost during the Great Recession, and will end the year with a total traffic volume at 61 billion, visits up 1 percent and a consumer spending gain of 3 percent compared to same time last year. Foodservice visits are also forecasted to grow by another 1 percent in 2016.

Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, Mellow Mushroom and Whataburger Named 2016 IFMA COEX Innovation Award Recipients

CHICAGO, JANUARY 29 , 2016—The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), which provides leaders in the $600 billion foodservice industry with connections, insights and best practices, announced four chain operators have been named IFMA COEX 2016 Innovation Award recipients. Representatives from Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, Mellow Mushroom and Whataburger will each receive their awards at the IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) conference taking place in Las Vegas March 6-8.

Future of Foodservice Student Spotlight: Jessica Dobrin

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

Andrew Puzder of CKE Restaurants to Keynote IFMA COEX

Andrew Puzder is credited with turning around both the Hardee’s brand and CKE, allowing the company to survive, become financially secure and return to growth after it had faced serious financial and operational issues. In his opening keynote, Puzder will share strategies for success and lessons learned during his time as chief executive officer.  

January: Welcome IFMA's New Members

Each month we highlight the newest companies that make up IFMA's diverse membership community. New members this month include Consolidated Concepts, Dannon, Davis Consulting LLC, Deoleo, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Huhtamaki and SpenDifference.  Read on to learn about their backgrounds and specialties.

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Mar 06

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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