Kent Walrack

Lyons Magnus

IF Makers Series

Kent has a keen understanding of teamwork and loyalty after spending nearly 30 years working his way up through Lyons Magnus. He takes great pride in being part of a dedicated core management team and cultivating talent throughout the organization. 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.

John Flood

Wayne Farms

IF Makers Series

John was introduced to the world of foodservice during college when he received an internship from the IFMA Educational Foundation. He understands firsthand how supporting future leaders will better the industry and says, "When you find your passion, you will be successful." 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.

Rick Kirkpatrick

Sweet Street Desserts

IF Makers Series

As vice president of sales & marketing at Sweet Street Desserts and an active IFMA board member, Rick understands the value of making meaningful connections. Whether it is with foodservice leaders, fellow IFMA members or his customers, he relies on foodservice industry events and social media to build lasting relationships. Get to know him.

Marketing & Sales Insights and Strategies to be Unveiled at MSLF

CHICAGO, JULY 21, 2014-The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) proudly-announced its industry leading Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum (MSLF) at Rich Products Corp.'s new Innovation Center in Buffalo, NY, Aug. 5-6. IFMA along with Rich Products and co-sponsors; including Datassential, The NPD Group and Food Genius, provide for powerful and current insights to drive successful sales and marketing initiatives in the foodservice industry.

28 Occasion Series: #7 Quick Bite

The Consumer Planning Program (CPP) committee was formed, in partnership with Datassential, to delve deeper into the consumer mindset and find out: why consumers pick a foodservice venue, how those decisions are made and what manufacturers (and operators) can do to influence those decisions. 

We discovered something big . .

Annual Foodservice Ashore Solutions Event - Success!

IFMA hosted the annual "Foodservice Ashore Solutions", an enterprise-wide training opportunity for MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) foodservice professionals, on June 9-12 at Navy Base Point Loma in San Diego, California. Foodservice demonstrations and samplings were featured, along with guest speakers from IFMA, Disney, the Kruse Company and Datassential.         

Operators on Driving Consumer Demand

Consumers have become more knowledgeable about the food they eat, and are increasingly interested in doing business with companies in all industries, including foodservice, who share their values and are part of their community. They also care a great deal about experiences and value. Therefore, creating demand in the future will still be about the basics of food, service, and cleanliness, but will increasingly be about experiences and choices.

Where Do You Fit on the Operator’s “Triangle?”

A model is being built by manufacturers and chain operators to enhance collaboration. What have they come up with? Find out here.

 

Future of Foodservice Student Spotlight: Jacy Lucas

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 Dietetics.

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Aug 05

Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum

The Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum is a must-attend event for all foodservice marketing, sales, division management and insights professionals. Now in its second year, the conference is relevant to your business because it provides powerful new insights to help form successful plans that guide you to excellence in execution.

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