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.

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.

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.

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.

How Dot Foods Uses Quality Foodservice Data as Expressway for Growth

With about 105,000 products from 700 suppliers, Dot Foods (Dot) was looking for a way to fully-leverage its market advantage by expanding and enhancing the Expressway with more complete and accurate product information. The company launched a data quality initiative that transformed its online catalogue to include expanded and validated data attributes. Learn more about how this initiative now enables more than 1.5 million hits per month from its users, including 2,800 distributors and 310 national account operators.

DineEquity and McLane Use GS1 to Drive Increased Food Traceability and Safety

With more than 3,600 restaurants in 18 countries, DineEquity is one of the largest full-service restaurant companies with two iconic American flagship brands-Applebee's® and IHOP®. The company wanted to take steps to achieve traceability for increased food safety for its franchisees' restaurants and their hundreds of thousands of customers who dine at these restaurants each day.

Foodservice GS1 US Update: July/August 2014

The Foodservice GS1 US Update is provided by IFDA and IFMA to share progress on the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative and provide links to available resources. 

Adoption of GS1 Standards

The foodservice industry has made the adoption of GS1 Standards a top priority to improve product information, efficiency and food safety.

Foodservice GS1 US Update: January 2014

The Foodservice GS1 US Update is provided by IFDA and IFMA to share progress on the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative and provide links to available resources.

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May 19

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This Annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards event during NRA Week enables manufacturers to honor the nation's top operator talent. Annually, IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the celebration. This event affords the perfect opportunity to entertain operator customers. 

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