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.

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.

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.

Ray Welch

ThirsTea Corp

IF Makers Series

From production line to President, Ray Welch has seen it all in foodservice. With his feet planted firmly in hard work and perseverance, he has become of the industry's most notable leaders. 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.

Menu Labeling Guidance for Small Entities

The FDA recently released a menu labeling Small Entity Compliance Guide. The guidance provides answers to what may be burning questions from operators considered small entities - which means they are "independently owned and operated and not dominant in its field of operation." 

Pay it Forward: Hire an IFMA Foodservice Student

The IFMA Educational Foundation is proud to promote the next generation of foodservice leaders and is furthermore committed to giving qualified contributions to culinary, marketing or food science students enrolled in accredited institutions.  

Increase collaboration with your channel partners

IFMA's Small/MidSized Business (SMB) Committee hosts a monthly 1-hour for the SMB community of IFMA members. In this recorded call learn from Tim Hand how to increase collaboration with your channel partners

Peeking over the Horizon in Foodservice

Steve DeSutter, president and CEO of FOCUS Brands, Inc., delivered the keynote address at Day One of IFMA's Presidents Conference in November of 2014. His presentation entitled "Peaking over the Horizon in Foodservice" referenced rapid technological change and industry innovation as "game-changers" for the foodservice industry. Companies need operating models organized for flexibility, with adaptive capabilities. Then industry disruption will bring not threats to defend against, but exciting new opportunities to embrace.

2015 Silver Plate Series: Colleges & Universities

Nona Golledge, director, Kansas University Dining, received the Silver Plate for the Colleges & Universities category. She was nominated by Hobart, Idahoan Foods, Schwan's Food Service and Sysco. Find out what she had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators.

How Manufacturers Win in Grocery Foodservice

The latest IFMA Strategic Issues Series focused on the subject of "How to Win in Grocery Foodservice", with a keen study on the blurring lines between traditional retail channels and foodservice. Bonnie Riggs from The NPD Group and Jack Li from Datassential presented on "Retailer and Consumer Trends and Needs," setting a foundation with segment market size, growth statistics and trend information. Bob Baxley, partner at The Partnering Group (TPG), presented "Inside the Mind of a Retailer" based on his decades of experiences overseeing retailers' deli and prepared foods departments. View the complete white paper covering the session.

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May 18

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This elegant 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.

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