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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Chain Operators EXchange (COEX)

The IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) enables chain operators to take advantage of business building insights and create personal connections with leading manufacturers. With dozens of high-profile operators on the planning committee, the program truly is created "by operators, for operators."

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