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.

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.

Eric S. Hetrick

Global P&G Professional

IF Makers Series

Eric Hetrick has lived in eight locations in four different countries during his 28 years of working with P&G. Now Eric is responsible for leading P&G Professional's business around the globe. A favorite part of his job is bringing innovation to the foodservice industry and helping customers create an outstanding experience for their patrons. Get to know him.

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.

 

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.

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.

COEX Speakers “In the News” – McAlister’s Deli, Smashburger, Fazoli’s and Arby’s

Four chain operators participating in COEX this year are among many other operators attending the conference that have been in the news lately. Following is a sampling of feature coverage on COEX registrants McAlister's Deli, Fazoli's, Arby's and Smashburger.

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 Defines how OCM Drives Operator and Supplier Best Practices

At the 2013 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.

Compelling COEX Program Drives Increase in Chain Operator Attendance

IFMA's Chain Operator Exchange (COEX) has experienced a 30% increase in chain operator executive registrations this year. With this, more than 90-100 decision makers representing many of the nation's most celebrated foodservice operator brands will be attending COEX 2015, an event filled with outstanding foodservice industry insights and business-building networking opportunities.

IFMA’s First Ever OCM Training to Include Executive Speakers from Firehouse Subs

IFMA and The Partnering Group (TPG) are offering the very first of its Operator/Manufacturer Collaboration Model Training sessions to both manufacturers and regional/national chain operators this April. In addition to a curriculum filled with interactive workshops and case studies, two Firehouse Subs executives will share their experiences and expectations for supplier collaboration.

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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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