Foodservice Gamechangers: Dave Poe

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In the seventh and final episode of the “Foodservice Gamechangers” series, US Foods SVP and chief merchant Dave Poe connected with special guest host and Food Institute advisor Pat Mulhern to discuss Poe’s 26 years at US Foods. Poe shares thoughts on leadership styles, merchandising strategies, and the challenges emerging for the food industry associated with labor issues and inflation.

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More about Dave Poe:
Dave Poe is SVP & Chief Merchant for US Foods which is a Foodservice distributor serving well over 200,000 customers across the country.

Dave is a seasoned Foodservice veteran with over 25 years of Merchandising experience within Distribution and Non-Commercial. He currently serves as SVP, and Chief Merchant for US Foods, responsible for ensuring our product value proposition exceeds our customers expectations, while overseeing our Category Management Function and our Specialty Manufacturing businesses. Dave spent 17 years at US Foods developing his Merchandising skills before spending some time with Premier (Healthcare GPO) helping to lead their Foodservice sourcing efforts. He rejoined US Foods in 2016 holding a number of senior level Merchandising roles since his return. Dave’s experiences have helped build a broad skillset in Category Strategy, Contract Management, P&L Improvement, and Customer Satisfaction focused on competitively priced, high quality, consistent products.

Dave holds a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland Robert H Smith Business School. He is married with 2 young boys that love to play Baseball and Soccer, so he spends a lot of his weekend time on the sports fields in the Chicagoland area.

More about US Foods:
US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 30,000 employees and more than 70 locations, we provide our customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology, and business solutions. Learn more at: https://www.usfoods.com/.

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