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.

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.

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.

Dawn Aubrey

University of Illinois

IF Makers Series

Dawn advises those new to the industry to understand it is more than a job, it is a calling that has a significant impact on others. She says personalized service and excellent food made with ethically sourced and sustainably made ingredients are what students like most about U of I Dining. Get to know her.

Elisa Giusti

Wholesome Harvest Baking

IF Makers Series

Elisa Giusti has a passion that echoes throughout her work. No challenge is too large. Simply tell her something can't be done, and she'll make it her mission to overcome. Pay attention to what she has to say, we'll be seeing much more from the likes of her. Get to know her.

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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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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