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.

Jim Plummer

Signature Breads, Inc.

IF Makers Series

If innovation is key to the foodservice industry's success then Jim Plummer is helping make it happen. His motto - "Never stop learning" - drives him to continuously challenge himself and his colleagues at Signature Breads to find new ways to appeal to consumers' palates and ultimately support their operator customers. Get to know him.

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.

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.

Elisa Giusti

Maple Leaf Bakery

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.

Getting the Consumer Back — Together

Growth, or lack of growth, is the biggest challenge we face in the foodservice industry. Since 2008, the foodservice industry has lost more than $20 billion in sales as consumers have reduced the amount of money they spend on meals away from home. To turn things around the first step is to get the consumer back. 

Foodservice Category Management: Best Practices and Training & Certification Program Advances Industry Knowledge

IFMA and The Partnering Group are proud to announce the best practices report (Full Plate™: Category Management Business Process for Foodservice) and Foodservice Category Management Training and Certification Program, powered by Full Plate™. 

Foodservice Distributors: Your Route to Market

What's your distribution strategy? Who do you partner with to reach which operators and which consumers? If your strategy includes reaching the independant operator, what role does Club and Cash & Carry play? This is the focus of the upcoming Strategic Issues Series forum, "Framework for a Distribution Strategy", including guest speaker Clark Pager with Restaurant Depot. 

60th Anniversary of Gold & Silver Plate Awards Honors Eight Premier Foodservice Operators

Find out which distinguished operators have been named the 2014 Silver Plate Award recipients! The most coveted award of all, the Gold Plate, will be announced May 19 in Chicago.

Learn how to enhance the value of the foodservice consumer's choice

You will not want to miss this year's edition of the conference past attendees have called "beyond excellent."  At the 3rd annual Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum, foodservice marketing and sales pros will convene to discover new insights & best practices that drive planning & execution.

IFMA’s Consumer Planning Program – More Insights, More Benefits!

This year, IFMA's Consumer Planning Program delivers big value by adding additional benefits along with relevant and actionable insights!  

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Apr 29

College & University Forum Hotel O’Hare - Rosemont

Exclusively open to IFMA manufacturer members and operator partners, IFMA Operator Forums feature a series of one-on-one meetings with up to 15 leading operator decision-makers. 

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