Gretchen Sussman

CSM Bakery Solutions

IF Makers Series

Gretchen develops and communicates clear and actionable strategies, while also removing barriers to her team's success at CSM Bakery Solutions. Further, she also prioritizes getting to know customers and offering value-added solutions to improve business results. Get to know her.

Ben Shanley

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA

IF Makers Series

If there's one word to describe Ben Shanley it's "optimistic." He has spent 29 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.

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.

John Flood

Wayne Farms

IF Makers Series

John was introduced to the world of foodservice during college when he received an internship from the IFMA Educational Foundation. He understands firsthand how supporting future leaders will better the industry and says, "When you find your passion, you will be successful." 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.

Foodservice Category Management Defined: Day 120 Update

What does Foodservice Category Management really mean? The Foodservice Category Management Innovation & Activation Board has established a universal definition to facilitate the industry's use of this strategic process. Get the definition here!

Welcome to the Foodservice Category Management Community!

Thank you for being part of the Foodservice Category Management Community! Read on for tips on how to take advantage of this resource page.

Foodservice Category Management: Day 90 Update

Last week work began as 65 members of the Foodservice Category Management Innovation & Activation Board met in Chicago to wrestle with the challenges and significant opportunities the industry initiative presents. 

Foodservice Category Management: Day 60 Update - NRA Joins Effort

It has been 60 days since IFMA and a host of subject experts and industry partners launched the all-inclusive and industry-wide Foodservice Category Management Initiative. We are pleased to announce that in addition to the founders - The Partnering Group (TPG)Datassential, and NPD, our family of participating organizations now include - National Restaurant Association (NRA), International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) and Foodservice Sales & Marketing Association (FSMA), along with 16 manufacturers, six distributors and three brokers.

 

Foodservice Category Management Initiative: Day 30 Update

It has been 30 days since IFMA and a host of subject experts and industry partners launched the all-inclusive and industry-wide Foodservice Category Management Initiative. We are pleased to announce that in addition to the founders - The Partnering Group (TPG), Datassential and NPD - The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA), Foodservice Sales & Marketing Association (FSMA) and The Category Management Association (CMA) are joining the effort.

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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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