Elisa Giusti

Wholesome Harvest Baking

IF Makers Series

Elisa Giusti has a passion that echoes throughout her work. No challenge is too large. Simply tell her something can't be done, and she'll make it her mission to overcome. Pay attention to what she has to say, we'll be seeing much more from the likes of her. Get to know her.

Erin Buntin

Schreiber Foods

IF Makers Series

In Erin Buntin's current role at Schreiber Foods, she is charged with being "customer obsessed", which means she leads the company's field sales team to build strategies and business plans that focus on exceeding customers expectations and of course, selling more cases profitably. When her friends ask her what she does, she simply replies "I am changing the world one slice of cheese at a time." Get to know her.

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.

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.

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.

How Foodservice Technology is Changing the Game for Restaurants

The restaurant industry has evolved and technology is the prime driver of that change. Restaurant success is so much more than just serving good food. Learn how restaurants are using technology to improve the customer experience and make better business decisions. 

Consumer Planning Program Writes the Recipe for LTO Success

Through IFMA’s Consumer Planning Program (CPP), 2,500 consumers were surveyed about their eating habits, their last LTO eating occasion, what they want from special offers and what they would like to see more of.

IFMA & Foodable TV’s NRA Show Media Stage Drove Industry Insights

IFMA’s partnership with Foodable Network—a foodservice based media organization that is focused on editorial video content—was launched at this year’s NRA Show with an on-floor media stage. More than 20 interviews highlighting key industry hot topics were addressed including several that were live-streamed.

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. 

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May 19

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This Annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards event during NRA Week enables manufacturers to honor the nation's top operator talent. Annually, IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the celebration. This event affords the perfect opportunity to entertain operator customers. 

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