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.

Josh Halpern

Anheuser-Busch

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.

 

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 relies on foodservice industry events and social media to build lasting relationships with foodservice leaders, fellow board members and his customers. 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.

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.

Hold the Rye: Promos Leave Restaurant Supply Chains Stretched

Pumpkin-spice shakes, Reuben sandwiches and other limited-time menu items are reviving sales at chain restaurants, but nailing the logistics of promotions can be tricky. 

November 2017 Future Foodservice Spotlight: Kristen Yi

The IFMA Education Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using her foodservice stipend to further her studies in Food Science.

A Year In Review: Membership Dues

A letter from the 2017 IFMA Chairman -- 

"It has been my profound honor to serve as IFMA Chairman for 2017. This year IFMA members had access to the tools and resources critical to helping us all address key issues we face every day. IFMA worked with all industry constituents to create content and networking opportunities offered nowhere else."

Why Do Chain Operators Attend COEX?

The IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX)--created by operators, for operators--enables chain operators to take advantage of business building insights and create personal connections with leading manufacturers.

Why should you register to attend?

Meal Kits: What Do They Mean for Foodservice?

With all the hype of meal kits and the proliferation of meal kit companies, it would appear that the category is experiencing outstanding success. But the consumer response to meal kits tells a different story and meal kit companies are struggling to translate consumers initial exploration of the category into long-term, satisfied customers. 

Strategic Issues Series: 'Beyond Food' - Factors that can make or break the foodservice experience

As restaurants enhance their delivery and take-out strategies to cater to evolving consumer needs, foodservice suppliers need to understand the implications to their business. Innovation in “beyond food” items, such as packaging, disposables and equipment are becoming increasingly important and are impacting dining experiences with food and beverage products. No matter what you supply, it’s critical to understand how your product is impacted by these changing dynamics.

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