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FALL 2020 Sponsors

BelGioioso Cheese Inc.

Bridgette Molthen Director of Marketing
Frank Alfaro Director of Foodservice & Export Sales
Steve Stapleton National Account Sales Manager

The BelGioioso story began over a century ago when the great-grandfather of BelGioioso President, Errico Auricchio, founded a cheese company based on a philosophy of excellence. When Errico came to America, he scoured the United States in search of the highest quality milk to begin his goal of making exceptional specialty cheeses. It was in Wisconsin, “America’s Dairyland”, that he found the dedicated farmers and abundant green pastures and corn fields that produce superior milk. Wisconsin milk was and still is simply unbeatable. In addition to his immediate family, Errico also brought with him two master cheesemakers, Mauro and Gianni. To these gentlemen, making cheese isn’t a job, it’s a calling. Together, Errico, Mauro & Gianni began by making cheeses familiar to American consumers such as Provolone, Parmesan and Romano. BelGioioso’s commitment to tradition and excellence carries with it the value of knowing how to make Italian cheeses just as they were long ago from recipes passed down by generations. As the company has grown, the passion for tradition and quality has never diminished. Tradition, selection of ingredients, location and artisan inspiration are cardinal pillars that make BelGioioso cheesemakers the greatest interpreters of the best Italian cheeses in the US.


Jake Briere Corporate Chef
Lloyd Larkins Senior National Account Manager

Let's make something good together. Team up with us and get the great-tasting tools you need to breathe life into your business. Triple strained to be thick and creamy, Chobani® Greek Yogurt is delectable magic in the making. Whether stocking a branded fridge with your favorite Chobani grab-and-go items or brainstorming new menu ideas, we are here for you. Our Greek Yogurt is more than just a delicious base for smoothies, parfaits, and sauces; it also enriches traditional recipes and makes a healthy substitution for higher-calorie ingredients like mayonnaise and sour cream. With the guidance of our in-house culinary staff, we'll develop ways to make Chobani® Greek Yogurt a unique, essential part of your menu.

Damascus Bakeries

Suzanne Maxwell Director, Food Service Sales

We are a 3rd generation, family owned business with our beginnings in Brooklyn, NY. Since our inception in 1930, we have grown to produce our products within one of our 3 SQF manufacturing plants: Brooklyn, NY, Newark, NJ and Clifton, NJ. We have paired our Innovative Baking with Old-Fashioned Excellence, to create ‘customized’- though still authentic- lavash wraps, roll-ups and flatbreads for our customers, and their culinary visions. We have become a leader in the Flatbread World.

Hershey Foodservice

Darren Belnavis Corporate Executive Chef
Jenna Kolanda Corporate Chef
Ryle Parks 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 baking 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 operation in areas that 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!

Idahoan Foods

Andrew Macfarlane Culinary and Technical Sales
Jennifer Fargey Director Multi Unit & Strategic Accounts
Steve Hamm Marketing
Rich Newville Director of Sales South

For almost 60 years, the name Idahoan has stood for the highest quality potatoes in the world. Of course, it isn’t just our potatoes that are Idahoan. Back in 1960, a group of Eastern Idaho’s potato growers and local businessmen joined forces to share their potatoes with the world. Our products are renowned for their perfect flavor and texture by foodservice operators and their customers alike. At Idahoan, our potatoes are the best because potatoes are all we do. We control every aspect of our production process – something most competitors can’t say. Our potatoes are custom-grown for our recipes – and we’ve used our 58 years of experience to develop proprietary cooking techniques that deliver superior flavor and texture in every serving. For more information, visit Follow Idahoan Foods on Facebook and Twitter.

Jones Dairy Farm/Sunshine Burger

Becky Cambridge National Account Sales Manager and Corporate Chef
Kate Lulloff National Account Sales Manager and Corporate Chef

Sunshine Burgers – From the Land, Not the Lab! The Original Whole Food, Organic Plant based Veggie Burgers. Founded in 1983 and true to recipes created in a farmhouse kitchen, all of our Sunshine Burgers are made with deliciously simple organic, non-GMO whole food ingredients. Available in 3 flavors: Garden Herb, Southwestern, & Shiitake Mushroom. Sunshine Burgers are quick, convenient, and exceptionally versatile. Each burger is individually wrapped. The burgers are Gluten free and made without soy, corn, oats, wheat, dairy, eggs, tree nuts or peanuts. Perfect for anyone seeking pure and simple plant based options.

Maple Leaf

Adam Bottorff National Account Manager
Daniel Burrows Chef
Traci Mangiapane Director of Sales

Maple Leaf Foods-A Sustainable Protein Company We are proud of our roots, which we can trace back over 100 years, but our vision and purpose are decidedly forward looking. As we pursue our vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, we work to reconnect families with the goodness of food. We are helping to transform the world’s food system so that it can survive, and thrive, for generations to come. Our History Maple Leaf Foods shares DNA with many of Canada’s historic food companies – from the William Davies Company to Canada Packers. In 1961, Maple Leaf Mills was created through the amalgamation of Maple Leaf Milling Company, Toronto Elevators and Purity Flour Mills Limited – which traced its history to 1836 and the founding of Grantham Mills. Three decades later, Maple Leaf Mills came together with Canada Packers to create Maple Leaf Foods, Canada’s largest food processor. McCain Capital and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board acquired controlling interest in the new company in 1995. Throughout Maple Leaf’s long history, we have adapted to better feed the evolving palette of Canada – and the world. We continue to Raise the Good in Food. It’s who we are, as a company and as individuals.

The National Watermelon Promotion Board

Jason Hernandez Consulting Chef
Susan Hughes Foodservice Consultant
Megan McKenna Director of Foodservice & Marketing

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, NA

Anthony Ventricelli National Account Manager-On Premise
Darren Hartigan Head of Foodservice
Melanie Petri Senior Key Account Manager

Nestlé Waters North America is a division of Nestle a global organization focused on Health & Wellness. NWNA is The Healthy Hydration Company and was created in 1992. As water is one of the driving pillars to Nestlé’s global vision to make and sell products that are good for the planet and promote Health and well-being. Nestle Waters is the number one bottled water company worldwide. Our product portfolio consists of 50 unique brands sold over 150 countries. Nestle Waters North America also has a large ecommerce and Home and Office delivery business called Ready Refresh which is in all major metro areas. In the US we produce the #1 branded spring water in all major markets: Nestlé Pure Life, Poland Spring, Deer Park, Arrowhead, Ozarka, Ice Mountain. Additionally, we sell top global brands Perrier, S. Pellegrino, Acqua Panna & SanPellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages.

New Orleans Roast

Alan Guilbeau Executive Vice President
Peter Boylan President

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.


Mike Valenti Assistant Customer Marketing Manager
Robert Simmelink Head of National Accounts
Susan Wolf Sales Director - Non Commercial

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.


Join Sabra in our mission to move hummus beyond dipping to meals. We are inspiring people to see hummus as a food that is delicious, wholesome and versatile, and on trend given its naturally healthful plant-based proteins. And Sabra sources and produces hummus responsibly from US farmers to deliver the highest quality experience. From on-the-go snacking to culinary creations using our bulk hummus across all menu parts, Sabra has high-quality products to meet all your hummus needs. From hummus toasts and bowls to sandwiches and flatbreads, we help ignite creativity in the kitchen that ultimately delights your diners and is positive to your bottom-line. 

Savor Imports

Josh Gremillion National Account Manager
Don Turley National Account Manager, Imports
Karen Keown National Accounts Manager, Imports
Steve DiMartinis Sales Manager-Imports

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.

Unilever Food Solutions

Gene Coats New Business Development Manager for National Accounts
Jay Crown Vice President Sales
Rudy Smith Corporate Chef

We are proud to be part of Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods, with sales in 180 different countries. As the dedicated foodservice business of Unilever, we lead the industry in providing innovative and high quality professional food ingredients and value adding services created by 230 professional chefs. Covering 50 cuisines, in 200 million dishes a day. We outgrow our competition thanks to strong brands such as KNORR, LIPTON and HELLMANN'S, and talented entrepreneurial people working closely with chefs and distributive partners on a daily basis. Unilever Food Solutions is an inspiring global company made up of talented professionals who are always willing to go the extra mile to deliver results for customers. In this positive and open culture we find inspiration every day, empowering our people to make a 'bigger difference' at every level in the organisation. We touch on 800 million consumers every year and are part of 100 million meal occasions per day. We provide products and services created by chefs for chefs and aim to do this in a sustainable way. For more information, please visit



Dave Hardie Head of Sales, North America

Upfield is the largest plant-based consumer products company in the world and the #1 producer of plant-based spreads globally. With nearly 150 years of expertise in plant-based nutrition, we craft America’s favorite buttery spreads products in delicious formats tailored for in-home use as well as exceptional performance in professional kitchens.

Weston Foods Foodservice

Jeff Pensalfini Director, National Accounts USA
Richard Yaworski VP of Foodservice Sales
Michael Gallagher North East Region

Weston Foods is as passionate about baking as you are about your menu. What started as a single bakery more than 130 years ago, has grown into one of North America's top bakery suppliers. From Artisan to everyday value, ready-to-serve to ready-to-finish. We offer breads, buns, donuts and more that are baked fresh and shipped frozen. Today we stay true to time-honored recipes and bake things right to satisfy your customers' increasing demands. With in-depth insights, operational understanding and chef-inspired innovation. we are more than just a wholesale bakery manufacturer, we are your true foodservice bakery partner.

Yay! Beverages

Patrick Gabrish General Manager
Marc Desmarais Vice President
Sydney Evans Business Development Executive-Tetra Pak

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.

…until FALL FoodOvation


September 12 – 15, 2021
Sun Valley Idaho

Due to current state, government and corporate travel restrictions continuing to extend throughout the country, we have made the prudent decision to postpone Fall FoodOvation until 2021.

We look forward to hosting you at a future FoodOvation Exchange in 2021.