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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

IFMA Announces 2015 Executive Committee and Board of Director

IFMA announces Richard Ferranti, vice president and COO of Rich Products Corp., has been named IFMA's 2015 Chairman of the Board. In addition, six executive officers and six new foodservice executives have been named to IFMA's 2015 Board of Directors.  

Operator/Manufacturer Collaboration Model (OCM): Relationship Pyramid

Over the course of 2014, more than 30 leading chains and IFMA members, in conjunction with The Partnering Group (TPG), worked to develop a best practice model in manufacturer/chain collaboration called the Operator/Manufacturer Collaboration Model (OCM). In our third installment of the OCM Process, learn about the structural cornerstone of the OCM: the Relationship Pyramid.

2014 Presidents Conference Executive Summary: Foodservice "State of the Industry" Report

Leaders of IFMA, the NRA and IFDA delivered a SWOT analysis during their Foodservice "State of the Industry" Report, presented at the 2014 Presidents Conference. Their findings? The industry grew in 2014 and significant opportunities exist to increase consumer demand in 2015. Substantial savings opportunities can also be gained through more efficient supply chains this year. Learn how industry-wide collaboration is expected to continue contributing to increased foodservice sales and profitability in 2015.

Celebrate Foodservice Excellence with Your Best Operator Customers

If you are looking for an exceptional way to entertain your most important operator customers during the 2015 National Restaurant Association Show, consider inviting them as your guest to IFMA's Gold & Silver Plate Celebration. Past winners and attendees will tell you that the event provides an incredible experience they will never forget. It is also a fantastic way to network with many of the most accomplished (and celebrated) professionals in the foodservice industry. Register to attend.

Driving Consumer Demand

The $683 billion restaurant industry is mature; however, there is unprecedented opportunity for innovation.

At COEX 2014, panelists from four fast-expanding chains illustrated,  there is tremendous potential for and reward from innovation.  All four entrepreneurs have tapped niches of consumer  demand to build distinctive, well-loved brands that  attract a loyal customer following. And all have prioritized  people, fostering enduring connections in unique ways.

January: Welcome IFMA's newest members!

Each month we highlight the newest companies that make up IFMA's diverse membership community. Read on to learn about their backgrounds, specialties and why they are leaders in the foodservice industry.

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Mar 01

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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