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.

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.

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.

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. 

Marketing & Sales Insights and Strategies to be Unveiled at MSLF

CHICAGO, JULY 21, 2014-The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) proudly-announced its industry leading Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum (MSLF) at Rich Products Corp.'s new Innovation Center in Buffalo, NY, Aug. 5-6. IFMA along with Rich Products and co-sponsors; including Datassential, The NPD Group and Food Genius, provide for powerful and current insights to drive successful sales and marketing initiatives in the foodservice industry.

28 Occasion Series: #7 Quick Bite

The Consumer Planning Program (CPP) committee was formed, in partnership with Datassential, to delve deeper into the consumer mindset and find out: why consumers pick a foodservice venue, how those decisions are made and what manufacturers (and operators) can do to influence those decisions. 

We discovered something big . .

Annual Foodservice Ashore Solutions Event - Success!

IFMA hosted the annual "Foodservice Ashore Solutions", an enterprise-wide training opportunity for MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) foodservice professionals, on June 9-12 at Navy Base Point Loma in San Diego, California. Foodservice demonstrations and samplings were featured, along with guest speakers from IFMA, Disney, the Kruse Company and Datassential.         

Operators on Driving Consumer Demand

Consumers have become more knowledgeable about the food they eat, and are increasingly interested in doing business with companies in all industries, including foodservice, who share their values and are part of their community. They also care a great deal about experiences and value. Therefore, creating demand in the future will still be about the basics of food, service, and cleanliness, but will increasingly be about experiences and choices.

Where Do You Fit on the Operator’s “Triangle?”

A model is being built by manufacturers and chain operators to enhance collaboration. What have they come up with? Find out here.

 

Future of Foodservice Student Spotlight: Jacy Lucas

IFMA's Educational Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using her foodservice stipend to further her studies in Dietetics.

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Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum

The Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum is a must-attend event for all foodservice marketing, sales, division management and insights professionals. Now in its second year, the conference is relevant to your business because it provides powerful new insights to help form successful plans that guide you to excellence in execution.

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