Kristin Bird

Sara Lee Foodservice - Division of Hillshire Brands

IF Makers Series

Kristin leads the field selling organization, customer and segment marketing, culinary and training at Sara Lee Foodservice. What's more, she is active throughout the industry, including her role in supporting the development of foodservice category management. Get to know her.

 

Dawn Aubrey

University of Illinois

IF Makers Series

Dawn manages more than $52 million in foodservice operations at the University of Illinois, including residential dining, retail, full-service catering and Good2Go food truck and online services. She 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. Get to know her.

Kathleen Schartner

Farmer Brothers Coffee

IF Makers Series

When asked how she keeps up with industry news and events, Kathleen noted, "dining out" in her response. It's precisely that simple, insightful, tuned-in mindset that makes Kathleen stand out in foodservice. Get to know her.

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.

Don Davis

Hillshire Brands

IF Makers Series

Don Davis may have started his career as a soda machine delivery driver, but he didn't stay behind the scenes for long. His knack for customer appreciation and creating long-term partnerships has since led him up the ranks in the foodservice industry, boosting him to leadership at Hillshire Brands. Get to know him.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend IFMA COEX

The content on deck for IFMA COEX 2016 will cater to all types of foodservice professionals, including Supply Chain, Culinary, Executive Leadership, Marketing and Insights. Thought-leaders will share valuable perspectives and experiences on hot-button issues - in Vegas! Get ready to connect, learn and have fun. 

Mike Reinert from Delaware North Companies Hits Homerun on January's SMB Call

Every other month, IFMA Small & Midsized Business (SMB) community hosts a discussion with industry experts, trading partners or operator customers. In January, Mike Reinert, Vice President-Supply Management Services at Delaware North Companies spoke to us about his business.

Want to Better Understand Consumer Behavior and Dining Motivations?

Released this week, the new 2015/2016 Consumer Planning Program (CPP) Report uncovers eating behavior data from nearly 12,000 consumers across 17 critical topical areas. The Report, compiled in conjunction with Datassential, helps manufacturers address a void in insightful, reliable and current data available to the foodservice industry.



            

The NPD Group Study Forecasts 1 Percent Foodservice Industry Growth in 2016

The NPD Group, a leading global information company, reported last month that in 2015 the U.S. foodservice industry recovered the visits it lost during the Great Recession, and will end the year with a total traffic volume at 61 billion, visits up 1 percent and a consumer spending gain of 3 percent compared to same time last year. Foodservice visits are also forecasted to grow by another 1 percent in 2016.

Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, Mellow Mushroom and Whataburger Named 2016 IFMA COEX Innovation Award Recipients

CHICAGO, JANUARY 29 , 2016—The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), which provides leaders in the $600 billion foodservice industry with connections, insights and best practices, announced four chain operators have been named IFMA COEX 2016 Innovation Award recipients. Representatives from Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, Mellow Mushroom and Whataburger will each receive their awards at the IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) conference taking place in Las Vegas March 6-8.

Future of Foodservice Student Spotlight: Jessica Dobrin

IFMA's Educational Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using her foodservice stipend to further her studies in Culinary Arts.

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Mar 06

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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