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.

Bill McCullough

Bunge North America

IF Makers Series

From his career at Hellman's to Bunge North America, Bill knows just about everything there is to know about the oil business… salad oil, that is. If you want to hear what true foodservice passion is all about, ask him about his pride and joy, the Bunge Mobile Oil Experts (M.O.E.) food truck.  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.

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.

 

Elisa Giusti

Maple Leaf Bakery

IF Makers Series

Elisa Giusti has a passion that echoes throughout her work. No challenge is too large. Simply tell her something can't be done, and she'll make it her mission to overcome. Pay attention to what she has to say, we'll be seeing much more from the likes of her. Get to know her.

Getting the Consumer Back — Together

Growth, or lack of growth, is the biggest challenge we face in the foodservice industry. Since 2008, the foodservice industry has lost more than $20 billion in sales as consumers have reduced the amount of money they spend on meals away from home. To turn things around the first step is to get the consumer back. 

Foodservice Category Management: Best Practices and Training & Certification Program Advances Industry Knowledge

IFMA and The Partnering Group are proud to announce the best practices report (Full Plate™: Category Management Business Process for Foodservice) and Foodservice Category Management Training and Certification Program, powered by Full Plate™. 

Foodservice Distributors: Your Route to Market

What's your distribution strategy? Who do you partner with to reach which operators and which consumers? If your strategy includes reaching the independant operator, what role does Club and Cash & Carry play? This is the focus of the upcoming Strategic Issues Series forum, "Framework for a Distribution Strategy", including guest speaker Clark Pager with Restaurant Depot. 

60th Anniversary of Gold & Silver Plate Awards Honors Eight Premier Foodservice Operators

Find out which distinguished operators have been named the 2014 Silver Plate Award recipients! The most coveted award of all, the Gold Plate, will be announced May 19 in Chicago.

Learn how to enhance the value of the foodservice consumer's choice

You will not want to miss this year's edition of the conference past attendees have called "beyond excellent."  At the 3rd annual Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum, foodservice marketing and sales pros will convene to discover new insights & best practices that drive planning & execution.

Deep Dive Topics Mean Deeper Understanding

The Consumer Planning Program's (CPP) base research tracks consumer eating occasions and eater types; however other deep dive topics (decided by committee members) add richer understanding of how to drive consumer demand in foodservice.   

Connect With IFMA

Apr 29

College & University Forum Hotel O’Hare - Rosemont

Exclusively open to IFMA manufacturer members and operator partners, IFMA Operator Forums feature a series of one-on-one meetings with up to 15 leading operator decision-makers. 

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