Evolution Empowered – Tracking IFMA’s Transformation

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The foodservice industry has changed drastically since the pandemic, but who would have thought collaboration would be the main sticking point from all that turmoil? IFMA President & CEO Phil Kafarakis discusses this and how his organization is going through a transformation to better serve its members under this new industry paradigm.

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More about Phil Kafarakis:
Phil Kafarakis is a global food industry executive with more than 30 years of leadership experience in food manufacturing as well as managing non-profit organizations. Currently, Phil serves as President & CEO of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), a U.S. trade group representing food manufacturing companies within the $1.3Trillion Food-Away-From-Home business segment. Prior to his IFMA appointment, Phil served as President of the Specialty Food Association (SFA) representing more than 4,000 small and emerging food entrepreneurs in the $160 Billion U.S. Specialty Food Industry and previously, as Chief Innovation & Member Advancement Officer at the National Restaurant Association (NRA), the leading business association for the $900 Billion restaurant industry.

Phil’s food industry experience, beyond association leadership is rooted in his years of successfully leading and directly managing food businesses at McCormick & Co., Cargill, Jones Dairy Farm, and Kraft.

Mr. Kafarakis was born in Athens, Greece and immigrated to the U.S. with his family as a child. He holds an International Executive MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a BSBA from Northern Arizona University.

More about IFMA:
IFMA is an established trade association serving the food-away-from-home industry—delivering exceptional opportunities for its members to connect, learn, lead, and succeed. Founded in 1952, the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) empowers, nurtures, and connects an inclusive and diverse $1.3 trillion food-away-from-home ecosystem of manufacturers, distributors, operators, and others. By sharing insights, fostering best practices, and developing networking and educational opportunities through events, IFMA informs and instructs its members, and motivates change to improve both individual organizations and the foodservice industry at large.

Please visit: https://www.ifmaworld.com/

Learn about IFMA’s Level Up 2027 Plan: https://www.ifmaworld.com/who-is-ifma/level-up-2027-a-path-forward-for-ifma/