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.

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.

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.

Rick Kirkpatrick

Sweet Street Desserts

IF Makers Series

As vice president of sales & marketing at Sweet Street Desserts and an active IFMA board member, Rick understands the value of making meaningful connections. Whether it is with foodservice leaders, fellow IFMA members or his customers, he relies on foodservice industry events and social media to build lasting relationships. 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. 

2014 CPP Research to Explore Why Consumers Dine Away-from-Home

The Consumer Planning Program is guided by IFMA members who join the Consumer Planning Program Committee. These professionals work directly with IFMA and Datassential to drive studies that are most relevant to the industry, as well as individual committee members themselves. The end result is a series of critical and current data you need right now to develop meaningful insights.

Illustrated For You at Presidents Conference 2014

Graphic Recording is the translation of conversations and presentations into images and text during meetings and events.

At Presidents Conference 2014, we captured the key takeaways from Monday and Tuesday morning's general session.

Educational Foundation Raises $220,000 for Students in 2014

Committed to giving support to qualified culinary, marketing or food science students, the IFMA Educational Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. See how much the Foundation raised in 2014 for foodservice students to help support their success in foodservice.

28 Occasion Series: #20 Festive

Do you know your foodservice occasions? Through the Consumer Planning Program (CPP), IFMA and Datassential have defined the 28  occasions that motivate consumer choice away-from-home; these  occasions are the "why" behind the "what".  Occasions impact both where people choose...

Jamie Carawan from OTB enlightens SMB Community

Every month, IFMA's Small & Midsized Business (SMB) community hosts a discussion with industry experts, trading partners or operator customers. In November, Jamie Carawan, Senior Director of Culinary and Innovation at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina spoke to us about his business.

Collaboration Techniques for Menu Changes, Product Improvements and Reacting to Today’s Demanding Guests

No activity is more mission critical for restaurant operators than menu development. Poor attempts at menu development won't always mean the demise of a concept, and successful menus won't ensure business success, but the quality of menu development definitely affects a restaurant's success. 

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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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