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.

Larry Oberkfell

IFMA

IF Makers Series

A seasoned food industry executive with more than 30 years experience working for Anchor Foods, The Schwan Food Company, Orval Kent, Rich Products and IFMA, Larry is a high-energy slayer of comfort zones-approaching every challenge with an open mind and a smile. 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.

Joe Bybel

Ventura Foods

IF Makers Series

Maintaining a strong work ethic and keeping an eye on the details are two key traits needed for success in foodservice, according to Joe Bybel of Ventura Foods. In addition, Joe believes providing simpler and more natural products will continue to be a top priority needed to meet complex consumer demands. Get to know him.

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.

Webinar: Foodservice Category Management Best Practices Revealed!

If you are involved in Category Management you don't want to miss this! Jeff Schroeder, Partner of The Partnering Group, presented the high level findings from the forthcoming complimentary Best Practices Whitepaper, including the process called Full Plate™,  in the most recent insightful and actionable webinar.

Foodservice Category Management Frameworks - Consumer Path-to-Choice and Operator Steps-To-Use

The Partnering Group (TPG) and The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) announce two new frameworks within Full Plate™, TPG's Foodservice Category Management Model.

5 Groundbreaking Foodservice Initiatives

A lot was covered at Presidents Conference 2013. Take a look at the agenda and registration list for more information on the many learning and collaboration opportunities of which attendees took advantage. In case you missed it, read on for a list of five new industry-wide initiatives, introduced by Dawn Sweeney (NRA), Larry Oberkfell (IFMA) and Mark Allen (IFDA) directed to win back the consumer for foodservice.

The Partnering Group and The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Provide Update on Foodservice Category Management Industry Initiative

The Partnering Group (TPG) and The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) announce the unveiling of Full Plate™, TPG's Foodservice Category Management Process of the future at IFMA's Presidents Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., November 5, 2013.

Webinar: Category Management in Foodservice: The Industry Defines and Aligns on Opportunities

Art Bell  and Jeff Schroeder of The Partnering Group presented a webinar on "Category Management in Foodservice: The Industry Defines and Aligns on Opportunities." which reviewed the work of The Foodservice Category Management Innovation & Activation Board. View the webinar to learn about the Board's work on Category Management.

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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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