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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

Latest Consumer Trends Report Answers All Five “W” Questions

With the constantly changing foodservice landscape, fully understanding the consumer food journey and its trends has never been more critical to the success of both the manufacturers and operators. The IFMA Consumer Planning Program (CPP) was formed, in partnership with Datassential, to delve deeper into the consumer mindset. IFMA has just released its eagerly anticipated annual consumer study.

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. 

Foodservice at Home is Just Beginning to Reach its Potential--Really

Although it may seem as if the market is saturated with options, it is only just beginning to reach its potential. Consumers crave convenience, affordability, and they increasingly value the luxury of enjoying a restaurant-quality meal in their home. IFMA and Datassential examine the growth and potential of foodservice at home.

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. 

Seasonal Limited Time Offers Appeal Most to Consumers

Students are returning to school, soon there will be a chill in the air, and consumers everywhere are eagerly anticipating the return of pumpkin spice. It must be Fall. On September 1st, Starbucks released their seasonal menu featuring the pumpkin spice latte and the popular coffee chain is not alone. Pumpkin-inspired limited time offers (LTOs) are featured at Dairy Queen, Au Bon Pain, Olive Garden, and many more chains creating special offers for the season. Learn key insights about how consumers view LTOs through the IFMA Consumer Planning Program. 

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Jun 12

Navy Foodservice Ashore Solutions Conference

This conference is for all on-shore military personnel, affiliates and foodservice professionals including 100+ military, Department of Defense (DOD) and 50 food manufacturers. The event makes up an eclectic group of industry personnel. 

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