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SPRING 2019 Sponsors


Harbinder Maan Associate Director, Trade Marketing and Stewardship
Kate Johnston Vice President, Porter Novelli
Lisa Brefere Culinary Consultant/Chef Partner

The Almond Board of California promotes almonds through its research-based approach to all aspects of marketing, farming and production on behalf of the more than 6,500 almond growers and processors in California, many of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on almonds and the Almond Board of California, visit


Ben Carpenter Associate Brand Manager, Foodservice
Emily Croce Regional Sales Manager
Jorge Cespedes Culinary Creative Director

Bush's Best® products are power-packed with the best selection of beans, flavors, and kitchen-friendly uses around. Any audience, any time of day, any part of the menu, we can help you find ways to wow your guests with beans. Today, Bush's Best® is the preferred brand among consumers-with 91% retail awareness. Consequently, it's the brand they expect to find in your establishment. With the first-pick-advantage among our growers, we start with the best from the very beginning. From there, the process is streamlined to preserve the integrity of the beans and deliver the best flavor. We also have to give a lot of credit to our energy-efficient hydrostatic cookers, which bring unparalleled consistency to the final product. Committed to doing things the right way since 1908.


Darren Belnavis Corporate Executive Chef
Megan Slagel Customer Sales Executive
Travis Parker Customer Sales Executive

Hershey Foodservice is the industry’s leading branded sweet ingredient, snack and refreshment supplier. We offer a wide range of products that meet your snacks/ convenience, toppings, baking/culinary and specialty beverage needs including chips, syrups, fudge, cocoa, and chopped ingredients as well as impulse sales products like candy, snacks, gum, and mints. Our research capabilities give you access to the latest trends that help identify menu opportunities, insights and ideas unique to your restaurant chain in areas which help drive your business forward such as snacking, impulse, specialty beverage, sharable desserts, toppings and/or nostalgia. In fact, our brands increase purchase intent and average check, driving traffic and repeat business. Just ask our foodservice team of experts!


Scott Mayer Director National Accounts

Jones Dairy Farm is a 6th generation, family-owned company that has been using real ingredients, original recipes and time-honored traditions to create distinctive quality products for more than 128 years. Jones is known for producing All Natural Sausage, Naturally Smoked Hams, and Dry-Aged Bacon products. No binders, fillers, MSG or MST are used in producing Jones products. With Pork, Chicken, and Turkey options, including fully cooked and ready to cook, and a wide array of sizes and shapes, Jones has an item to fit your needs.


Dave Woolley Chef
Megan McKenna Director of Foodservice & Marketing
Susan Hughes Foodservice Consultant

The National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB) mission is to increase demand for watermelon through promotion, research and education. The Foodservice Program strives to place more watermelon on menus year-round, offering menu development and promotion support to operators across the country. Watermelon's health, value and versatility lend itself to all menus. Although a mature product, watermelon consumption per capita in the U.S. was an estimated 16.3 pounds in 2017, up from 15.9 in 2016. Watermelon is featured on one in ten menus and grew by 27%, 2012-2016. For recipes, handling tips and more, visit

Nestlé Waters

Anthony Ventrilli Food Service Division Manager – West
Kristin Stack Senior National Account Manager

Nestlé Waters - The Healthy Hydration Company, created in 1992, is the water division of the Nestlé Group and the number one bottled water company worldwide. Our product portfolio consists of 50 unique brands with water making up approximately 89% of our product portfolio. The remaining 11% of our portfolio is made up of ‘Ready to Drink Tea and other beverages’ and include our Nestea and San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages. We produce leading global and local brands across our 95 production facilities including our billion-liter-plus brands - Nestlé Pure Life, Poland Spring, Vittel, Deer Park, Arrowhead, Al Manhal, Ozarka, Erikli, Ice Mountain. Our top brands generate +500 million CHF in value each year and include - Perrier, S. Pellegrino, Poland Spring, and Nestlé Pure Life, our number one bottled water brand, generating over 2 billion CHF. We have various well-known national or regional brands such as - Acqua Panna, Buxton, and La Vie.


Alan Guilbeau Executive VP of Business Development
Kelly Fontenot Senior Marketing Specialist

New Orleans Roast started roasting coffee in the Marigny District, blocks from the French Quarter, in 2008. Take a trip on the Mississippi River and you’ll smell 100% Arabica coffee beans being small batched roasted at our Roasting Facility. Led by Roast Master Felton Jones, the New Orleans Roast team proudly shares the passion and commitment to excellence as PJ’s Coffee. With over 20 years of roasting experience, Felton Jones is responsible for perfecting the flavor profiles of all New Orleans Roast products. New Orleans Roast can be enjoyed at multiple outlets, ranging from hotels, restaurants, convenience stores, offices, airports, and more. We strive to provide a high-quality cup of coffee wherever you are.


Emra Nation Chain Account Sales Manager
Greg Socha Chain Accounts Manager
Scott Knue Corporate Chef

NORPAC Foods is a farmer-owned cooperative of family farms representing over 200 growers on more than 30,000 acres of land in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, has continuously worked to improve farming and food processing practices since its inception in 1924. NORPAC products have always been fresh and of the highest quality because they are harvested and processed locally, so that fruits and vegetables can be picked and packed in less than four hours. NORPAC produces a wide variety of products including soups, fruits, vegetables, and vegetable blends; and does so using sustainable farming practices.


Brad Fisher Sr. Director of Sales
Jason Dumo Prepared Foods Head of Consumer Marketing

Pilgrim's is well positioned to meet foodservice operators’ needs because we can ensure supply, demonstrate innovation and new product development, and provide competitive pricing. Major chains find Pilgrim's attractive due to our quality and food safety programs, multiple manufacturing sites with the newest technology, range of production quantity, and our innovative new product development resources. Whether it's fresh, marinated and frozen, or all the way up to fully cooked, grill-marked and cut into strips, Pilgrim's Corporation continues to provide high quality, innovative products to the chain restaurant segment. We are committed to our foodservice customers' success and will continue to work hard to consistently provide them with high-quality products and excellent customer service.


Don Turley National Account Manager, Imports
George Purnell National Account Manager
Karen Keown National Accounts Manager, Imports
Lance Ficken Director of Business Development

Our goal is to make the entire world a pantry for chefs. Through the breadth of our offerings and the quality of our products, we enable Chefs to create foods that inspire their customers. Through Dot’s 4,000+ foodservice customers, Savor products are available to 99 percent of all foodservice operators in the US. This provides distributors and ultimately chefs with nearly instant access to ingredients from around the world regardless of how much or how little they need, all at the lowest cost possible. Savor Brands is focused on how to best serve our distributor customers and the chefs they serve with the finest products and best cost-to-value proposition in the marketplace. Today we source over 500 items from 32 countries on every continent, including both brand-name products and our own branded products.

Tork: An Essity North America Brand, Inc.

Kristen Duperre Key Account Manager Professional Hygiene

Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company dedicated to improving well-being through our products and solutions, essentials for everyday life. The name Essity stems from the words essentials and necessities. Our sustainable business model creates value for people and nature. Essity has about 48,000 employees and sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under the leading global brands Tork and TENA, and other strong regional brands. The Tork brand offers dispensers, paper towels, toilet tissue, soap, napkins, and industrial and kitchen wipers to customers ranging from restaurants and healthcare facilities to offices, schools and industries.

YAY! Beverages

David Hardie President
Matt Reimann Managing Partner

Yay! shelf-stable beverages taste as great as their conventional refrigerated counterparts, with better economics. Reduce spoilage and resulting inventory outages, minimize food safety risk and free up valuable storage by moving to shelf-stable beverages. Just store on a shelf, chill before serving and refrigerate after opening. Recyclable packaging, RBST-Free, Grade A UHT and Kosher-certified. Providing wholesome, nourishing, tasty products for our well-being is a given, and giving back a must. Yay! Beverages, a division of the Revelry Group, is a social enterprise dedicated to LEAP, which in turn helps guide our philanthropic and business efforts.

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