Loren Kimura

Basic American Foods

IF Makers Series

Growing up in the restaurant business, Loren Kimura was destined for a career in foodservice. He jumpstarted his career working at Nestle and quickly learned the ropes by immersing himself in a variety of functional areas, including finance, operations and sales. The skills he learned early on have helped him get to where he is today at Basic American Foods. Get to know him.

Richard Ferranti

Rich Products Corporation

IF Makers Series

"Why not?" is a simple question that has opened up a world of opportunity for Richard Ferranti. From establishing businesses in emerging markets like China, Brazil and India to leading the North American business for Rich Products, he's a foodservice guru with all the right stuff. Get to know him.

Elisa Giusti

Wholesome Harvest Baking

IF Makers Series

Elisa Giusti has a passion that echoes throughout her work. No challenge is too large. Simply tell her something can't be done, and she'll make it her mission to overcome. Pay attention to what she has to say, we'll be seeing much more from the likes of her. Get to know her.

Michael Cannon

Surlean Foods

IF Makers Series

Managing the growth and development of the sales, marketing and R&D teams at Surlean Foods is quite the task, but somehow Michael finds time to help shape many of IFMA's programs. His motto, "Don't let 'perfect' get in the way of 'better'" helps him stay on task and continuously seek improvement. Get to know him.

Kent Walrack

Lyons Magnus

IF Makers Series

Kent has a keen understanding of teamwork and loyalty after spending nearly 30 years working his way up through Lyons Magnus. He takes great pride in being part of a dedicated core management team and cultivating talent throughout the organization. Get to know him.

Smashburger Founder Tom Ryan Innovates Locally to Gain Market Share Nationally

Smashburger Founder & Chief Concept Officer Tom Ryan understands how to apply innovative tactics needed to win an increased share of the consumer's foodservice dollar. The fast casual chain recently began pairing burgers with craft beers provided by local breweries. Learn more about Smashburger's explosive growth and Tom Ryan's scheduled Keynote address at IFMA's Chain Operator EXchange (COEX 2015) coming this March.  

J. Walker Smith Comments on Unique Foodservice Trend

As executive chairman of The Futures Company, J. Walker Smith is considered one of the leading analysts on consumer trends. Mr. Smith noted in a January/February 2014 Restaurant Briefingarticle that consumers are demonstrating less interest in controlling how operators bring their concepts to market; rather, they want the industry to understand them and take the lead in creating concepts and products they want. Learn more about key trends Mr. Smith envisions for the foodservice industry. Attend COEX 2015 March 1-4 in Las Vegas to hear Mr. Smith share these visions in person. 

House Committee Hearing Debates "GMO" Labeling Bill

On December 10, 2014, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Examining FDA's Role in the Regulation of Genetically Modified Food Ingredients.

Why Do Chain Operators Attend COEX?

If you've ever asked yourself as an IFMA member, "Why should I attend COEX?", take a look at why Chain Operators do, and the reason is clear.

Top 10 Most Visited Stories on IFMAWorld.com in 2014

Learn more about the list of Top 10 Most Visited Articles posted on IFMAWorld.com in 2014.

Category Business Planning Served Well by both Full Plate™ and Sysco Processes

Two powerful schools of thought converged at IFMA's 2020 Strategic Issues Series (SIS) in October to address the significance of foodservice category business planning. SIS attendees learned about the similarities between the IFMA and TPG Full Plate™ best practice framework and Sysco processes, as both offer a step-by-step approach to building and executing category plans.

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Chain Operators Exchange (COEX)

The 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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