Ray Welch

ThirsTea Corp

IF Makers Series

From production line to President, Ray Welch has seen it all in foodservice. With his feet planted firmly in hard work and perseverance, he has become of the industry's most notable leaders. Get to know him.

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.

 

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.

Kami Smith

Dawn Foods

IF Makers Series

Kami has a job many of us could only dream of: corporate pastry chef. Hard work through the years and finely honing her ability to juggle many tasks at once have delivered her sweet success at Dawn Foods Products. Reading her profile is like viewing an amazing dessert menu. Get to know her. 

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.

IFMA’S 2015 SILVER PLATE WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT COEX

LAS VEGAS, MARCH 3, 2015-The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association ( IFMA), a trade association established in 1952 comprised of the world's most prestigious food, equipment and supply manufacturers, announced the winners of its 2015 Silver Plate Awards today. The winners were unveiled this morning by 2014 Gold Plate Honoree Jim Broadhurst, Chairman, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group during IFMA's annual Chain Operator Exchange (COEX) taking place in Las Vegas.

COEX Speakers “In the News” – McAlister’s Deli, Smashburger, Fazoli’s and Arby’s

Four chain operators participating in COEX this year are among many other operators attending the conference that have been in the news lately. Following is a sampling of feature coverage on COEX registrants McAlister's Deli, Fazoli's, Arby's and Smashburger.

CPP Report Reveals Eating Behavior Data from nearly 12,000 Consumers

Released this week, the new 2014/2015 Consumer Planning Program (CPP) Report outlines a series of eating behavior data sets garnered from nearly 12,000 consumers. The Report, compiled in conjunction with Datassential, helps manufacturers address a void in insightful, reliable and current data available to the foodservice industry. It also enables foodservice marketers to transform insights into actionable strategies that cause increased sales.

Executive Summary Defines how OCM Drives Operator and Supplier Best Practices

At the 2013 IFMA Presidents Conference, a revolutionary new model for optimizing the operator/supplier relationship was unveiled. Providing a common language and a set of best practices, the Operator/Manufacturer Collaboration Model (OCM) drives efficiency and business results for both suppliers and operators. The model emerged from the work of a committee including operators and suppliers; in this session, two committee members described the progress the OCM has made as well as what lies ahead for this important industry initiative.

Compelling COEX Program Drives Increase in Chain Operator Attendance

IFMA's Chain Operator Exchange (COEX) has experienced a 30% increase in chain operator executive registrations this year. With this, more than 90-100 decision makers representing many of the nation's most celebrated foodservice operator brands will be attending COEX 2015, an event filled with outstanding foodservice industry insights and business-building networking opportunities.

IFMA’s First Ever OCM Training to Include Executive Speakers from Firehouse Subs

IFMA and The Partnering Group (TPG) are offering the very first of its Operator/Manufacturer Collaboration Model Training sessions to both manufacturers and regional/national chain operators this April. In addition to a curriculum filled with interactive workshops and case studies, two Firehouse Subs executives will share their experiences and expectations for supplier collaboration.

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May 18

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This elegant event during NRA Week enables manufacturers to honor the nation's top operator talent. Annually IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the celebration. This event affords the perfect opportunity to entertain operator customers.

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