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.

Eric S. Hetrick

Global P&G Professional

IF Makers Series

Eric Hetrick has lived in eight locations in four different countries during his 28 years of working with P&G. Now Eric is responsible for leading P&G Professional's business around the globe. A favorite part of his job is bringing innovation to the foodservice industry and helping customers create an outstanding experience for their patrons. 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.

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.

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.

Foodservice Leaders Share Call-to-Action for Complete and Accurate Data

Seventeen leading foodservice organizations have co-signed an industry call-to-action letter to focus on complete and accurate product data to help meet the demand for information transparency in today’s digital world. This effort is aimed at improving data sharing between trading partners as well as with consumers, and was coordinated by the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative.

GDSN Major Release 3 Rescheduled for May 20, Letter Provides Important Preparation Details

A letter to the IFMA Membership Community from Angela Fernandez, Vice President, Foodservice and Retail Grocery, GS1 US Industry Engagement, alerts users of the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) to be ready for “Major Release 3”, originally scheduled to take place on May 6, but now moved back to May 20. Loss of service may severely impact a company’s ability to receive item data through the network. The letter provides guidance on what to expect and how to prepare for the release.

 

In memory of Lela Tripp

Dear friends, Yesterday, January 10, 2013, we lost one of our true leaders in foodservice, Lela Tripp. Lela was an exceptional person, giving so much of herself to the industry in her daily life.

Shamrock Foods Serves Up Quality Data from Pallet to Palate

Shamrock Foods (Shamrock) needed complete and accurate data for its web-based ordering system to satisfy the increasing demands of its customers, especially healthcare providers and school systems that require nutritional and allergen information before purchasing. The company also understood how using quality data could help it become more efficient and cut costs throughout its operations.


                    

How IPC Achieves High Data Quality Standards for the Largest Fast Food Brand in the World

With an eye on freshness and quality, IPC wanted to achieve traceability of suppliers’ products as they travel to SUBWAY® restaurants. To do this, IPC realized it needed accurate product data, yet found widespread inaccuracies that were adding costs and inefficiencies throughout its supply chain.

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Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum

The annual IFMA Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum focuses on marketing and sales collaboration, providing these professionals the means to apply actionable insights and best practices to work together to improve both strategic planning and go-to-market execution. 

The program serves to unravel the complexities of the foodservice landscape, delivering powerful insights into the consumer, operator and distributor communities, as well as communicating how to best utilize the available tools for improved collaboration and tactical go-to-market execution. 

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