FALL 2019 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.
ChobaniJake 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.
Diversified Foods and SeasoningsPaula Costa Bra Senior Director of Sales & Business Developement
Alfred Castro Director of Culinary
Paul Rockwell Corporate Chef
Diversified Foods and Seasonings is a leading food manufacturing company headquartered in Mandeville, Louisiana. Our facility in Madisonville, Louisiana has the capabilities to produce retail-size bowls and flexible pouches as well as food service flexible pouches in either a refrigerated or frozen format. In Nebraska City, Nebraska, we make a wide variety of frozen or refrigerated dishes in flexible pouches ranging from one pound to six pounds for our food service customers. Think of perfectly seasoned cooked meat mixes for filling burritos, or the creamiest macaroni and cheese imaginable, or a truly zesty BBQ dish – these are just a few of the delicious foods we create here. At Diversified, we not only make fantastic-tasting food – we also develop the ingredients that make food taste better. For example, we manufacture proprietary custom blended dry marinades, gravies, sauces, batters and breading. Our products help to create the kind of succulent fried chicken everyone loves – with just the right spice levels in the breading. Or the delicious brown gravy that makes a hot roast beef sandwich so delectable. Our culinary team will work hand-in-hand with you to achieve the best possible product for your individual product profile and your specific marketplace. Our motto is TASTE WHAT PASSION CAN INSPIRE – and at Diversified, we live these words every day.
DiverseyDan Mueller Corporate Account Director
Joe Frazier Food Service Key Account Director
Diversey provides a vital service. We believe cleaning and hygiene are life essentials. We're pioneers of the future and creators of connection. Tireless in out pursuit of effective hygiene solutions. Determined to deliver efficient cleaning technologies. We believe that our business is about people. We put humans first whether that be cleaner, employee or customer. We give our customers total confidence to enable their business to grow and thrive. Dirty and unpredictable or just an ordinary day, we'll be there. We believe life should be lived and dirt should be made. We don't just protect the future. We save lives. We care. We take pride in what we do because we believe in life.
Hershey FoodserviceDarren 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 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!
Idahoan FoodsAndrew 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 www.idahoanfoodservice.com. Follow Idahoan Foods on Facebook and Twitter.
Maple LeafAdam 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.
Monin Gourmet FlavoringsJoe Smith Sr. Vice President Sales
Steven Bishop Sr. Director National Accounts/Culinary
Monin Gourmet Flavorings was founded in Bourges, France in 1912 by Mr. Georges Monin and remains a 3rd generation family owned and operated business. With over 100 years of experience, Monin is the premium flavor choice around the world. They offer more than 200 gourmet flavors across syrups, purées, sauces, smoothie mixes, concentrated flavors and more; each made with the finest ingredients and a total commitment to quality. From innovative flavors and delicious beverage and culinary recipes, to racks, pumps and merchandising materials, Monin prides itself on being a solutions provider and the single source partner for all your flavoring needs.
Nestlé Waters, NAAnthony 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 RoastAlan 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.
National Watermelon Promotion BoardSusan Hughes Foodservice Consultant
Katie Manetti Foodservice Consultant
Jason Hernandez Consulting Chef
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. Watermelon consumption per capita in the U.S. was an estimated 15.8 pounds in 2018. Watermelon is featured on 13% of menus and grew by 54% from 2014-2018, making it one of the fastest growing fruit varieties on menus. For recipes, handling tips and more, visit watermelon.org.
Tillamook County CreameryAlison Rosenblum Business Development Manager
Preston Simon Director of Foodservice
Mark Garcia Head of Strategic Business Development
Zachary Risen National Account Manager
Founded in 1909 as a farmer-owned cooperative, the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) prides itself on its commitment to bringing to market the most consistent, best tasting, highest quality dairy products made in the most natural way possible. Guided by the belief that everyone deserves real food that makes them feel good every day, Tillamook has earned top awards for their cheese, ice cream, sour cream, butter and yogurt products made with unwavering values that never sacrifice or compromise quality for profit. The TCCA is currently made up of nearly 90 farming families, primarily based in Tillamook County, Oregon. Tillamook operates production facilities in Tillamook and Boardman, Oregon and employs nearly 900 people throughout the state. The Tillamook Creamery Visitors Center is the largest tourist attraction on the coast of Oregon and one of the most popular in the state, attracting more than one million visitors each year.
Savor ImportsJosh 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 SolutionsGene 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 http://www.ufs.com/
Weston Foods FoodserviceJeff Pensalfini Director, National Accounts USA
Richard Yaworski VP of Foodservice Sales
Michael Gallagher North East regiob
Weston Foods Foodservice 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 Americaís 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 customersí increasing demands. With in-depth insights, operational understanding and chef-inspired innovation ñ we are more than just a wholesale bakery manufacturer, we are your true foodservice bakery partner.
Yay! BeveragesPatrick Gabrish General Manager
Mark 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.
Essity North America, Inc.Bill Stutzman Key Account Manager
Tracey Fullington National Account Manager
Tork® is one of the award-winning brands of Essity Professional Hygiene Essity is a leading global hygiene company and is recognized as one of the world’s most sustainable companies. We are dedicated to improving well-being through our products and solutions, including Napkins, towels, tissue, wipers, soap and dispensing systems.