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.

John Flood

Wayne Farms

IF Makers Series

John was introduced to the world of foodservice during college when he received an internship from the IFMA Educational Foundation. He understands firsthand how supporting future leaders will better the industry and says, "When you find your passion, you will be successful." Get to know him.

Ben Shanley

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA

IF Makers Series

If there's one word to describe Ben Shanley it's "optimistic." He has spent 29 years with Coca-Cola reinforcing the brand's mission to refresh the world and inspire moments of optimism. Ben also views the future of foodservice with an optimistic lens, recognizing the industry's importance for U.S. employment and career growth. Get to know him.

Malcolm Simmonds

J.R. Simplot Company

IF Makers Series

Malcolm credits his success to getting out in the field and remaining customer-focused. One the best parts of his job is interacting with customers and finding out how they adapt in the ever-changing foodservice landscape. Get to know him.

Reaching the Future Foodservice Professional

Did you miss the June Small & Midsized Business call? Listen to Terri Cummings discuss how your organization can reach the future foodservice professional through internship opportunities and career fairs.

Leading Foodservice Operator and Manufacturer Committee Members Begin Industrywide Joint Business Planning Initiative

A committee of leading foodservice operators and manufacturers launched a foodservice Joint Business Planning (JBP) initiative in north Suburban Chicago June 25. This was the first of three meetings to take place this year and officially began the creation process for Phase II of IFMA’s Operator/Manufacturer Collaboration Model (OCM) —an industrywide initiative that is being created in conjunction with management consulting firm The Partnering Group (TPG). 

House Passes Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill

The U.S. is a step closer to enacting a consistent, national approach to certifying and labeling genetically modified (GMO) foods. A bill passed by the U.S. House today would alleviate food manufacturers’ burden of complying with differing state GMO labeling laws. However, the bill also would lead to an FDA-mandated definition of “natural,” among other provisions.

Future of Foodservice Student Spotlight: Hunter Yamashiro

IFMA's Educational Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using his foodservice scholarship to further his studies in Hospitality Management.

Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum to Feature Newest Insights and Best Practices in Planning and Execution

True collaboration between professionals from both marketing and sales leads to powerful benefits for foodservice companies. One of them includes the creation of best practices in planning and execution, which is also the core theme of IFMA’s 2015 Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum (MSLF). This year’s forum will take place at Anheuser-Busch’s NA Headquarters in St. Louis Aug. 4-5. 

Antibiotics and Consumer Perceptions

Today, antibiotics used in farm animals are not typically a top-of-mind issue for consumers. However, consumer concerns about how animals are raised for food is real, and when they ask about antibiotic use they seek accurate information. Recent consumer market research yields insights into how to more effectively provide accurate information to consumers in words they understand.

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Aug 04

Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum

The annual Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum provides marketing and sales professionals the insights and best practices they need to work together to improve both strategic planning and go-to-market execution. 

The program serves to unravel the complexities of the foodservice landscape, delivering powerful insights into the consumer, operator and distributor communities, as well as communicating how to best utilize the available tools for tactical Go-to-Market execution.  

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