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.

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.

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.

William McClellan

Dawn Food Products, Inc.

IF Makers Series

William McClellan learned early on how hard foodservice professionals work during college, when a snowstorm rendered he himself as the only employee able to show up for work at an in-store cafe. That work ethic transcended throughout his career, as has his passion for the foodservice industry, which William brings to Dawn Foodservice every day. Get to know him.

Q & A with Sodexo: Preferred Traits of Small/Midsized Suppliers

The IFMA Small & Midsized Business committee hosts a discussion for the community of small/midsized business IFMA members. In June Ann Oka, Senior Vice President, Supply Management for Sodexo joined us to provide insight on what Sodexo looks for in supplier partners and participants asked questions to learn more about doing business with Sodexo.

Datassential “New Healthy” presentation at COEX for Small/Midsized Businesses

Small/Midsized Business (SMB) members and operator customers typically meet during the first day of IFMA's Chain Operator Exchange (COEX) conference to learn about and then discuss common opportunities.  In the 2012, this meeting focused on addressing consumers need for "healthy" options.  The presentation is from Datassential, and it provided information on what consumers really want and how we as manufacturers and operators can work together to appropriate options.

New resource for small/midsized businesses

The Small/Midsized Business (SMB) Community will now have the opportunity to participate in all SMB Committee-led calls and activities. Get the 2013 calendar of events, including monthly calls featuring guest speakers, customers and subject matter experts, in addition to two in-person meetings.

Washington Insights Update

This month, Congress is focused on clearing its agenda prior to the month-long August recess. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate continue to hold appropriations hearings, attempting progress towards passage of legislation to fund the government past September 30. In addition, Congress is attempting to address funding for transportation programs which expires at the end of July, as well as moving legislation to address the drought in the Western United States, particularly California.

Analysis of Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Recommendations

This week, the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).

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