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.

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.

Rick Kirkpatrick

Sweet Street Desserts

IF Makers Series

As vice president of sales & marketing at Sweet Street Desserts and an active IFMA board member, Rick relies on foodservice industry events and social media to build lasting relationships with foodservice leaders, fellow board members and his customers. 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.

Kent Walrack

Lyons Magnus

IF Makers Series

Kent has a keen understanding of teamwork and loyalty after spending nearly 30 years working his way up through Lyons Magnus. He takes great pride in being part of a dedicated core management team and cultivating talent throughout the organization. Get to know him.

2015 "State of the Foodservice Industry" Report

Supported by two recent IFMA surveys, leaders of the foodservice industry’s largest associations representing manufacturers, operators and distributors revealed the state of the foodservice industry today, as well as several areas where big changes are expected in the years to come. These findings were presented during IFMA Presidents Conference 2015 in Scottsdale, AZ.

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.

 

GS1 CONNECT 2013: Business Moving Forward

Join industry peers, trading partners, and standards experts at GS1 Connect 2013 in San Antonio to network and find out how you can improve your business with GS1 Standards.

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.

Mark your calendar: IFMA 2013 Events

IFMA hosts a variety of events throughout the year that enable members to connect with peers and trading partners and focus on important issues facing the industry. From forums that inspire connectivity and collaboration across the channel to market insight conferences that keep you informed about trends and issues, IFMA offers a variety of ways for you stay ahead.

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Jun 12

Navy Foodservice Ashore Solutions Conference

This conference is for all on-shore military personnel, affiliates and foodservice professionals including 100+ military, Department of Defense (DOD) and 50 food manufacturers. The event makes up an eclectic group of industry personnel. 

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