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.

Josh Halpern


IF Makers Series

Helping retailers alleviate their key pain points is a primary area of focus for Josh. And in the foodservice industry it turns out these issues unilaterally involve traffic, check size, innovation, server training and commodity cost. Learn more about how Josh helps address these challenges and more at Anheuser-Busch. 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.

John Flood

Wayne Farms

IF Makers Series

John was introduced to the world of foodservice during college when he received an internship from the IFMA Educational Foundation. He understands firsthand how supporting future leaders will better the industry and says, "When you find your passion, you will be successful." Get to know him.

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.

Faegre Baker Daniels December 2012 Food & Agriculture Legal Update

Faegre Baker Daniels December 2012 Food & Agriculture Legal Update.

Farm Bill Insights

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan Farm Bill on June 21. Over 70 amendments were considered. Some that were accepted include amendments to help organic growers get crop insurance, require the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) to study the feasibility of establishing a food safety insurance program, establish a pilot program to support healthy foods for the hungry and require national dietary guidelines for pregnant women and children.

FDA Releases Long-Awaited FSMA Regulations on Preventive Controls (Human Food) and Produce Safety Standards

After a number of false alarms and delays, FDA released on January 4, 2013, the most significant proposed regulations implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to date. The release comes on the two-year anniversary of President Obama's signing of FSMA.

Follow-up Information on GMO Labeling

Updated January 24, 2013

The defeat in November 2012 of Proposition 37 in California was viewed as a keystone ballot initiative in the movement, now nationwide, that is advocating for the labeling of genetically modified (GMO) food products.  The initiative in California was hardly considered a "high water mark" for those advocating for such labeling.  There are numerous efforts afoot across the nation attempting to achieve the same ends as those pursued in California.

Food Safety Modernization Act Implementation Insights

With the 2011 enactment of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the regulatory landscape for the foodservice industry and its suppliers has begun to change. FSMA's passage was the most substantial overhaul of food safety regulations in nearly 70 years. 

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Presidents Conference

The IFMA Presidents Conference is the place “Where Leaders Meet.” The 54th annual premier top-to-top forum, co-hosted by the NRA and IFDA, brings together influential leaders of foodservice from the operator, manufacturer and distributor communities.

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