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.

Steve Hammel

U.S. Navy Regional Southwest

IF Makers Series

Steve Hammel directs U.S. Navy operations of 40 retail foodservice facilities serving 30,000 meals daily with annual sales of $45 million. More than 900,000 meals are served to active duty military in 11 Navy Five Star galley operations—five having been awarded the Ney Memorial Award for foodservice excellence. Get to know him.

Josh Halpern


IF Makers Series

Helping retailers alleviate their key pain points is a primary area of focus for Josh. And in the foodservice industry it turns out these issues unilaterally involve traffic, check size, innovation, server training and commodity cost. Learn more about how Josh helps address these challenges and more at Anheuser-Busch. Get to know him.


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.

Optimizing the Supply Chain for FOCUS Brands

In order to optimize the supply chain for six brands, Rich Kamph, SVP of Global Supply Chain for FOCUS Brands, felt it was important to engage the Operator Collaboration Model with his supplier partners to develop common understanding and expectations. Read more about how his organization is adopting IFMA’s best practice model.

Consumers Fear Unprounouncables

Consumers are becoming more conscientious about what they purchase when dining away from home, triggering demand for products that are free-from unpronouncables, typically additive and preservative ingredients. As part of the Consumer Planning Program, IFMA and Datassential survey nearly 12,000 consumers about their foodservice purchases and preferences on a variety of topics, including “free-from”, in order to gain understanding of consumer concerns and how manufacturers can alleviate them. 

Post MSLF Webinar: The Evolution of Manufacturer-Distributor Planning is Underway!

Is category management dead or merely evolving into something different? Jeff Schroeder and Tim Hand, Partners at Kinetic12 Consulting outline the exciting evolution of manufacturer-distributor insights based planning. 

October: Welcome IFMA’s New Members

Each month we highlight the newest companies that make up IFMA's diverse membership community. This month Blacksmith Applications, Palermo Villa Inc., ScottAdv and StarKist Co. have joined IFMA. Read on to learn about their background and specialty.

IFMA Names 2016 Top Distributors in Foodservice

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) today announced the winners of the 9th Annual Distributor Awards, which acknowledge distributor leadership and overall excellence within the foodservice industry. Visit the Presidents Conference event page to learn how you can register for the event and show your support for the winners.

Grocery Stores - A Dining Destination for Consumers

In early September, Mariano’s opened a new location in Chicago featuring pasta, burger, and salad bars all named after local attractions, as well as an indulgent Nutella station and a wine bar. Grocerants are certainly not a new concept, but with 77% of consumers purchasing prepared foods from a grocery store every 2 or 3 months or more often, supermarket brands are taking notice. Learn key insights about the growth of Grocerants through the IFMA Consumer Planning Program. 

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Presidents Conference

The IFMA Presidents Conference is the place “Where Leaders Meet.” The 54th annual premier top-to-top forum, co-hosted by the NRA and IFDA, brings together influential leaders of foodservice from the operator, manufacturer and distributor communities.

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