This winners of the sixth annual IFMA Distributor Awards will be celebrated at the IFMA/IFDA Presidents Conference, November 6 at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ. The awards acknowledge distributor leadership and overall excellence within the foodservice industry. They also give IFMA an opportunity to share its sincere appreciation for the integral role distributors play in the foodservice channel.
This year's awards will be sponsored by J.R. Simplot Company.
The winners are:
- Nicholas & Company is awarded the IFMA Excellence in Distribution Award. This award recognizes a corporate or independent distribution organization that has demonstrated excellence in the categories of management and leadership, customer relations, supplier relations and industry/community contributions. Founded in 1939, Nicholas & Company continues to flourish under their current third-generation leadership. They take pride in their culture and practicing what they call "philotimo" - a Greek word meaning "the love of honor to right the wrongs and the duty to do what is right" and said to capture the importance of hospitality.
- Cheney Brothers receives the IFMA Distributor Sales & Marketing Performance Award, which recognizes a single independent distributor or an individual operating company of a distributor with multiple locations that has demonstrated successful planning and execution of creative sales and marketing. Cheney Brothers, founded in 1925, has grown from a distributor of milk and eggs into one of the country's largest foodservice distributors. Today, Cheney Brothers provides a broad selection of high quality and consistent products.
- Mike Roach, President, Ben E. Keith Foods is named winner of IFMA's Distinguished Industry Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual who has brought about positive change in the foodservice distribution community and has been a pioneer in the areas of management, marketing and operations. Roach joined the company more than 30 years ago and has since served in several capacities from sales and marketing to operations.
Fellow leaders will join us in congratulating the winners at the IFMA/IFDA Presidents Conference. For more information and to register for Presidents Conference 2012, click here.