Josh Halpern

Anheuser-Busch

IF Makers Series

Helping retailers alleviate their key pain points is a primary area of focus for Josh. And in the foodservice industry it turns out these issues unilaterally involve traffic, check size, innovation, server training and commodity cost. Learn more about how Josh helps address these challenges and more at Anheuser-Busch. Get to know him.

 

Kevin G. Jackson

The J.M. Smucker Company

IF Makers Series

Kevin is responsible for bringing many of the food industry’s most recognizable retail brands like Smucker’s®, Crisco® and Jif® to foodservice segments such as restaurants, C-stores and schools. The company’s ability to build strong relationships with customers centered on mutual respect and trust is a key reason for Smucker’s success. 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.

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.

Streamlining Restaurant Supply Chains

Manufacturers and operators alike have experienced challenges when working together trying to develop trusted partnerships. Operators often wonder how to best articulate their needs to manufacturers; manufacturers wonder how to best prove their worth to operators. How great would it be if manufacturers and operators were speaking the same language and were able to articulate their role in each other’s business?

Joint Business Planning Definition and Best Practices Process Addressed During Second Committee Meeting

IFMA's Joint Business Planning Committee continued with its progress in developing a Best Practice in the area of supplier/operator Joint Business Planning at its second of three meetings Aug. 20. The Committee ratified a refined definition of what JBP is and how it will impact the industry. Additionally, it advanced a Best Practice Process that will enable professionals to bring JBP to market on a scalable basis.

Future of Foodservice Student Spotlight: Jonte Scott

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

Breakfast Isn't Just for Breakfast Anymore

Consumers are blurring mealpart lines and traditional meal items. According to IFMA's latest Consumer Planning Program (CPP) research, 56% of consumers have eaten a breakfast item for lunch or dinner at home, and more than a third (36%) have done this away from home. 

Washington Insights Update

Congress has been adjourned this month for the annual August recess. Most members, and many staff, have been away from Washington. Seemingly little negotiation has occurred on big-ticket items which members must address once they return. Perhaps the most looming item is appropriations, which must be addressed before September 30 to prevent a government shutdown. September is expected to be a busy month on Capitol Hill – in addition to appropriations, Congress must vote on the Iran nuclear agreement, transportation funding, and child nutrition reauthorization.

Three Ways to Engage IFMA to Bring Optimal Member Value

Great foodservice companies encourage professionals of all levels to make important decisions that generate efficient and effective business operations every day. Each of these professionals need access to unique resources and connections required to make informed decisions—the same decisions that will ultimately dictate how well a company performs in the foodservice market place.  

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