CHICAGO, May 23, 2016—Rafi Taherian, associate vice president, Yale Hospitality at Yale University, was named the 2016 Gold Plate Award winner by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) on May 21 at Revel Fulton Market in Chicago. Mr. Taherian was nominated by Basic American Foods, JL&A Communications and Sysco and was one of nine outstanding operator executives who were eligible for the award this year after receiving the IFMA Silver Plate Award in March. Mr. Taherian represented the Colleges and Universities Silver Plate Category.
Be part of the West Loop Affair at Revel Fulton Market (1215 W. Fulton) for the 62nd Annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards on Saturday, May 21. Bring your friends, colleagues and customers to celebrate the industry’s best and discover this great new neighborhood in the process. Foodies welcome!
Independent restaurants represent one-third of broadline foodservice distribution dollars and their spending has increased year-over-year for the past two years. This growth has transpired despite independents competing against the marketing power of national and regional foodservice chains and losing total visits and unit counts during the recession. The message these trends convey is clear—that if chains are the backbone of the restaurant industry, then independent restaurants are the heart and it pays in the long run for manufacturers to maintain a long-term independent strategy.
Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, Chipotlé, Fazoli’s, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Mellow Mushroom, Taco Bell and Whataburger were among the foodservice operators recently awarded with IFMA COEX Innovation Awards. Each was nominated by an IFMA member who was looking to “go a little further” to show how much they cared about their customers. The end result has proven to be a big hit with both the winners and the companies that nominated them.
IFMA's Educational Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using her foodservice scholarship to further her studies in Culinary Arts & Applied Food Studies.
Each month we highlight the newest companies that make up IFMA's diverse membership community. This month's the E.A. Sween Company has joined IFMA. Read on to learn about their background and specialty.