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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Silver Plate Winner Kat Cole Among 10 Inspiring Women in Restaurant Industry

2015 Silver Plate Winner Kat Cole, group president of FOCUS Brands Inc., was included in a Medium.com post entitled "10 Stories of Inspiring Women from the Restaurant Industry You Need to Know." The story reports on the restaurant industry today and how it has more women in management and ownership positions than any other industry. Learn more about Ms. Cole and how to celebrate her induction into IFMA's class of 2015 Silver Plate Winners in Chicago on May 18. 

How Which Wich® is Benefitting from Operator/Manufacturer Collaboration Model (OCM)

Since it was founded in 2003, Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches has grown to 400 locations that are either open or in development in 38 states and eight countries. With this expansion came an ongoing need for Which Wich to determine ways to extract the best possible value from suppliers, with a goal of providing better products for consumers, as well as causing more profitable operations.

2015 Silver Plate Series: Chain Full Service

John Miller, CEO, Denny's Restaurants received the 2015 Silver Plate Award in the Chain Full Service/Multi-Concept category. He was nominated by Basic American Foods and The Coca-Cola Company. Find out what he had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. 

 

Suppliers and Operators Gain “Actionable” Value from COEX 2015

With a majority of attendees saying IFMA's 2015 Chain Operator Exchange (COEX) Conference was the best yet, several who participated in the show will now be looking to apply what they learned into everyday field use. View a series of videos covering highlights from this year's conference. Learn more about which best-practice initiatives covered at COEX are most applicable to your business.  

IFMA’S 2015 Silver Plate Winners Announced at COEX

LAS VEGAS, MARCH 3, 2015-The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), a trade association established in 1952 comprised of the world's most prestigious food, equipment and supply manufacturers, announced the winners of its 2015 Silver Plate Awards today. The winners were unveiled this morning by 2014 Gold Plate Honoree Jim Broadhurst, Chairman, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group during IFMA's annual Chain Operators Exchange (COEX) taking place in Las Vegas.

Foodservice Manufacturers to Gain Unique Access to the U.S. Navy at June Conference

Watch Steve Hammel, program manager, Regional Dining Services for the U.S. Navy as he explains why IFMA manufacturer members should attend the Navy Foodservice Ashore Solutions Conference this June 8-10 in San Diego. One-hundred food and beverage decision makers for the Navy's global land food operations will be in attendance at this once-a-year event.

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May 18

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This elegant event during NRA Week enables manufacturers to honor the nation's top operator talent. Annually IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the celebration. This event affords the perfect opportunity to entertain operator customers.

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