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.

 

Ben Shanley

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA

IF Makers Series

If there's one word to describe Ben Shanley it's "optimistic." He has spent 29 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.

Larry Oberkfell

IFMA

IF Makers Series

A seasoned food industry executive with more than 30 years experience working for Anchor Foods, The Schwan Food Company, Orval Kent, Rich Products and IFMA, Larry is a high-energy slayer of comfort zones-approaching every challenge with an open mind and a smile. Get to know him.

Connie Fuller

B&G Foods, Inc.

IF Makers Series

From her days prepping and serving family favorites at a Vermont ski resort cafeteria, Connie's love for food has fueled her career and keeps her inspired each day. She uses her passion to develop clear strategies that leverage today's food trends and create rewarding concepts for customers. Get to know her.

Cleveland Research Identifies Movement in Grocery Foodservice Trend

Given the accelerated shift to perimeter departments within grocery and convenience stores, retailers are allocating more space and resources to grow profits from foodservice sales.  The opportunities for manufacturers to secure growth in this channel are prospering, hear more  from Jason Whitmer, President of Cleveland Research Company at Presidents Conference in November.  

Sixth Annual Educational Foundation Silent Auction

Presidents Conference is around the corner, which means the Sixth Annual IFMA Educational Foundation Silent Auction is also coming up. Find out how you can support the future leaders of foodservice.

2014 Distributor Award Winners Announced!

IFMA announced the winners of the 8th Annual Distributor Awards. The prestigious awards acknowledge distributor leadership and overall excellence within the foodservice industry. The winners will be celebrated at Presidents Conference on Nov. 2-5, 2014, co-hosted by IFMA and The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA).

"This year's Distributor Award recipients are among the best in the business and we are proud to honor them." Click to read more. 

Buffalo Wild Wings and CEO Sally Smith Score Big with Technology

Under CEO and President Sally Smith's leadership, Buffalo Wild Wings has grown from just 35 restaurants in 1994 to more than 1,000 franchised and corporate-owned locations today.

Hear Sally Smith speak live at Presidents Conference 2014   where she will address current trends affecting the foodservice industry. View more media coverage inside.  

A quick note about your IFMA membership

As the 2014 Chairman of IFMA, I am finding the year has progressed at lightning speed in an industry going through significant change. With the introduction of IFMA's 2020 Strategic Plan, we were ready to take on the industry challenges by focusing on the consumer and bringing growth back to foodservice. 

Cinnabon President Kat Cole Leads Global Baking Powerhouse

Advertising Age reported that the Seattle-born bakery Cinnabon has grown into a global powerhouse with 1,200 retail locations driving more than $1 billion from retail product sales that include franchised locations, consumer packaged goods and foodservice-licensed products.

Read more about president Kat Cole's leadership and continued success strategy for the global baking powerhouse.

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Presidents Conference

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