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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

USDA School Foodservice Grants

USDA announced $5.5 million in grants for schools to implement Smarter Lunchrooms strategies and to meet the new school nutrition standards. See the press release from USDA.

Washington Insights Update: Food Safety Modernization Act, Hunger-Free Kids Act & more

The Washington Insights initiative was launched in the fall of 2012 to provide timely information to IFMA members on government actions and their impacts on our industry. The Washington Insights Committee has identified four main areas from which the relevant policy developments are tracked, analyzed, and reported for the benefit of the broader IFMA membership.

Who will the FDA recognize to conduct food safety audits?

Food Safety Modernization Act - proposed rule would establish a program to recognize certification bodies that would provide accreditation to third-party auditors to conduct food safety audits and issue certifications of foreign food facilities.

How does the FDA define "Smart Snacks in School"?

USDA Food and Nutrition Service released an interim final rule to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools, other than food sold under the lunch and breakfast programs.

Your role to ensure foreign supplies must U.S. food safety standards

Food Safety Modernization Act - proposed rule would establish guidelines by which importers must verify that food products being imported from their foreign suppliers meet U.S. food safety standards.

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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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