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.

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.

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.

Future of Foodservice Student Spotlight: Regina Cortez

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

Executive Summary: Operator/Manufacturer Collaboration Model

IFMA's Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum (MSLF) takes place annually around the first week of August and provides powerful new insights needed to drive new opportunities. One of the new programs discussed at last year's conference included IFMA's Operator/Manufacturer Collaboration Model (OCM). Learn more about how the OCM program was presented, as well as how it has evolved since last year's MSLF Conference.  

IFMA’S 2015 SILVER PLATE WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT COEX

LAS VEGAS, MARCH 3, 2015-The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association ( IFMA), a trade association established in 1952 comprised of the world's most prestigious food, equipment and supply manufacturers, announced the winners of its 2015 Silver Plate Awards today. The winners were unveiled this morning by 2014 Gold Plate Honoree Jim Broadhurst, Chairman, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group during IFMA's annual Chain Operator Exchange (COEX) taking place in Las Vegas.

CPP Report Reveals Eating Behavior Data from nearly 12,000 Consumers

Released this week, the new 2014/2015 Consumer Planning Program (CPP) Report outlines a series of eating behavior data sets garnered from nearly 12,000 consumers. The Report, compiled in conjunction with Datassential, helps manufacturers address a void in insightful, reliable and current data available to the foodservice industry. It also enables foodservice marketers to transform insights into actionable strategies that cause increased sales.

Executive Summary: How OCM Drives Operator and Supplier Best Practices

At the 2014 IFMA Presidents Conference, a revolutionary new model for optimizing the operator/supplier relationship was unveiled. Providing a common language and a set of best practices, the Operator/Manufacturer Collaboration Model (OCM) drives efficiency and business results for both suppliers and operators. The model emerged from the work of a committee including operators and suppliers; in this session, two committee members described the progress the OCM has made as well as what lies ahead for this important industry initiative.

Executive Summary: 2014 Foodservice "State of the Industry" Report

Leaders of IFMA, the NRA and IFDA delivered a SWOT analysis during their Foodservice "State of the Industry" Report, presented at the 2014 Presidents Conference. Their findings? The industry grew in 2014 and significant opportunities exist to increase consumer demand in 2015. Substantial savings opportunities can also be gained through more efficient supply chains this year. Learn how industry-wide collaboration is expected to continue contributing to increased foodservice sales and profitability in 2015.

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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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