Gretchen Sussman

CSM Bakery Solutions

IF Makers Series

Gretchen develops and communicates clear and actionable strategies, while also removing barriers to her team's success at CSM Bakery Solutions. Further, she also prioritizes getting to know customers and offering value-added solutions to improve business results. Get to know her.

Ben Shanley

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA

IF Makers Series

If there's one word to describe Ben Shanley it's "optimistic." He has spent 29 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.

Jim Clough

AdvancePierre Foods, Inc.

IF Makers Series

Jim believes that when he and his colleagues do their job right, their customers will embrace  AdvancePierre Foods as a company they want to do business with. He also believes that profitable foodservice distributors are good for the industry.  He advises those who are new to foodservice to have a passion for the industry. 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.

Jay Crown

Rich Products Corporation

IF Makers Series

Jay asserts that in 2020, Foodservice will be moving faster than ever. Be it around adoption of trends, flavors and ingredients. The key difference will be how operators learn about them and the speed in which they are adopted. Get to know him.

October 2016 Future Foodservice Spotlight: Brittany Lisanti

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 Science.

Post MSLF Webinar: Capturing the Consumer of Tomorrow with Innovation in Food Marketing

Chef Thomas Talbert, VP of Culinary R&D at CSSI, builds off his MSLF presentation and cover the consumer of tomorrow, key impacts influencing their food choices and tactics to marketing to tomorrow’s consumer – including digital, experiential and print.

Post MSLF Webinar: Winning with LTOs

Major chains collectively launch nearly 6,000 LTOs each year, but what separates the truly successful ones from the rest of the pack? Jack Li, Builder at Datassential dives deeper into his MSLF session focusing on what drives a successful LTO, and how manufacturers and their national account customers can collaborate and ideate more effectively.


Learn about the 2016/2017 IFMA Foodservice Landscape

IFMA, Datassential and The NPD Group conducted a webinar to provide IFMA members with an overview of the recently updated Foodservice Landscape, focusing on growth drivers and inhibitors. The Foodservice Landscape is a complimentary resource featuring unit counts, behavioral patterns and growth projections, providing practitioners with a bird’s-eye view of each industry segment.

Improving Channel Partnerships through Better Collaboration

Despite having existing strong and collaborative relationships, Ed Medlock, SVP Distribution, Logistics, and Program Management at Wendy’s QSCC felt it was important to engage the Operator Collaboration Model with his industry partners to validate and grow those relationships. Read more about how his organization is adopting IFMA’s best practice model.

September 2016 Future Foodservice Spotlight: Brittny Hopkins

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 hospitality and tourism management.

Connect With IFMA

Nov 06

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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