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.

Mads Houlberg

Unilever Food Solutions

IF Makers Series

As president of Unilever Food Solutions, Mads Houlberg considers himself the leader of an entrepreneurial team and company. He is passionate about giving foodservice professionals a chance to build their careers. He believes social media is extremely important to the industry. Get to know him.

Kevin Delahunt

Sargento Foods Inc.

IF Makers Series

Kevin worked his way through college as a bartender in a variety of establishments including restaurants, taverns, night clubs and Summerfest, the world's largest music festival in his home town of Milwaukee. Now Kevin is President of the Food Service Division at Sargento Foods, Inc. He notes that America has the most well developed foodservice marketplace in the world. Get to know him.

Michael Cannon

Surlean Foods

IF Makers Series

Managing the growth and development of the sales, marketing and R&D teams at Surlean Foods is quite the task, but somehow Michael finds time to help shape many of IFMA's programs. His motto, "Don't let 'perfect' get in the way of 'better'" helps him stay on task and continuously seek improvement. Get to know him.

Ben Shanley

Coca-Cola North America

IF Makers Series

If there's one word to describe Ben Shanley it's "optimistic." He has spent 34 years with Coca-Cola reinforcing the brand's mission to refresh the world and inspire moments of optimism. Ben also views the future of foodservice with an optimistic lens, recognizing the industry's importance for U.S. employment and career growth. Get to know him.

Addressing Labor Challenges: Be a Partner, Not a Vendor

At the top of operators’ pain points? Labor costs. Labor-related issues represent the single biggest challenge operators face. Labor will absolutely impact the strategies and direction your customers take in the future. Supply-chain partners who can offer solutions to address labor are more likely to drive profitable sales. Success can move a supplier from a transactional vendor into a collaborative partner.

THE PLATE Dining Center and Teaching Platform at Kansas State University

Kansas State University is home to seven alumni who have received IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards during the last 30 years. K-State believed it was appropriate for their new teaching platform and dining facility where future foodservice leaders are educated, to be named ‘THE PLATE’, in recognition of the IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards.

Foodservice Industry Collaboration Drives Supply Chain Transformation

IFMA in partnership with Kinetic12, HAVI and Datassential are orchestrating a Supply Chain Optimization (SCO) initiative that is the first of its kind in the foodservice industry. Forbes contributing editor, Kate Vitasek, wrote about the progress of the effort and the impact this new best practice can have on the foodservice industry. 

COEX Executive Summary—Consumer Food Journey

Jack Li discussed current research that is focused on understanding how consumers make decisions around food and how those decisions impact the foodservice industry at COEX 2017. Read the executive summary now!

Global Expansion of Supply Chain

The U.S. market is becoming increasingly saturated for many leading foodservice brands. Many have recently shared their plans for international foodservice business development and expansion. International restaurant expansion comes with a host of challenges for all constituents: manufacturers, operators and distributors.

June 2017 Future Foodservice Spotlight: Lauren Carroll

The IFMA Education Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using her foodservice scholarship to further her studies in Food & Consumer Packaged Good Marketing.

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Aug 08

Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum

The annual IFMA Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum focuses on marketing and sales collaboration, providing these professionals the means to apply actionable insights and best practices to work together to improve both strategic planning and go-to-market execution. 

The program serves to unravel the complexities of the foodservice landscape, delivering powerful insights into the consumer, operator and distributor communities, as well as communicating how to best utilize the available tools for improved collaboration and tactical go-to-market execution. 

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