Mike Villano

Basic American Foods

IF Makers Series

Mike Villano is no stranger to hard work. After getting his start in foodservice managing seafood restaurants in Manhattan, he learned quickly what types of challenges operators face on a daily basis. This foundational knowledge and his "no shortcuts" approach helps him ensure Basic American Foods' customers thrive in the restaurant business. Get to know him.

Kathleen Schartner

Farmer Brothers Coffee

IF Makers Series

When asked how she keeps up with industry news and events, Kathleen noted, "dining out" in her response. It's precisely that simple, insightful, tuned-in mindset that makes Kathleen stand out in foodservice. Get to know her.

Michael Cannon

Surlean Foods

IF Makers Series

Managing the growth and development of the sales, marketing and R&D teams at Surlean Foods is quite the task, but somehow Michael finds time to help shape many of IFMA's programs. His motto, "Don't let 'perfect' get in the way of 'better'" helps him stay on task and continuously seek improvement. Get to know him.

Joe Bybel

Ventura Foods

IF Makers Series

Maintaining a strong work ethic and keeping an eye on the details are two key traits needed for success in foodservice, according to Joe Bybel of Ventura Foods. In addition, Joe believes providing simpler and more natural products will continue to be a top priority needed to meet complex consumer demands. Get to know him.

Terri Moreman

United States Olympic Committee

IF Makers Series

Terri facilitates the dining operations of the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center while supporting other Olympic Training Centers and venues. She helps maximize partner and sponsor products. Terri also seeks new opportunities for the food industry to engage in the United States Olympic experience. Get to know her.

Letter Explains Important Information about the GDSN Major Release on May 6

A letter to the IFMA Membership Community from Angela Fernandez, Vice President, Foodservice and Retail Grocery, GS1 US Industry Engagement, alerts users of the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) to be ready for “Major Release 3” taking place on May 6. Loss of service may severely impact a company’s ability to receive item data through the network. The letter provides guidance on what to expect and how to prepare for the release.

2016 Silver Plate Series: Chain Limited Service

We asked the Silver Plate Class of 2016 a few questions to get an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Find out what they had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Charlie Morrison, president and CEO, Wingstop, Inc., received the Silver Plate Award in the Chain Limited Services Category. He was nominated by Basic American Foods.

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!  

IFMA COEX 2016 Executive Summary Series

Some of the foodservice industry’s most compelling topics, issues and opportunities were addressed during the 2016 IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) that took place in Las Vegas this March. Six of the outstanding presentations delivered at COEX, a conference developed by operators for operators, are covered in the IFMA COEX 2016 Executive Summary Series.

April: Welcome IFMA's New Members

Each month we highlight the newest companies that make up IFMA's diverse membership community. This month's new members are Chicken of the Sea Int'l, High Liner Foods and PadillaCRT. Read on to learn about their background and specialty.

Learn about the IFMA Foodservice Landscape [webinar]

Did you miss the Landscape Webinar? Listen to IFMA, Datassential and The NPD Group provide an overview of the Foodservice Landscape – a complimentary resource featuring unit counts, behavioral patterns and growth projections – providing practitioners with a bird’s-eye view of each industry segment.

Connect With IFMA

May 21

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This 62nd annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards event during NRA Week enables manufacturers to honor the nation's top operator talent. Annually, IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the celebration. This event affords the perfect opportunity to entertain operator customers. See you on Saturday, May 21 at "The Academy Awards of Foodservice."

Tell Us ...