FALL 2019 Sponsors
Bush Brothers & CompanyBen 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.
ChobaniJake Briere Corporate Chef
Lisa Fisher Vice President of Sales
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.
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 FoodsCraig Gentry VP Foodservice
Dave Macfarlane Director of Culinary National Accounts
John Muller Director of Foodservice Sales, Midwest
Michele Lawrence Director of Foodservice Sales, West
Nathan Gutcher Food Service Specialist
Steve Hamm Director Foodservice Marketing
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.
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.
The National Watermelon Promotion BoardDave 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 watermelon.org.
Nestlé WatersAnthony 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.
New Orleans RoastAlan Guilbeau Executive Vice President
Paige St Roamain 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.
Pilgrim'sBetsi Selset National Account Director
Brad Fisher Senior Director of Operator Accounts
Josh Sinning Corporate Chef
Rob Simmelink Head of National Accounts
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.
Savor ImportsDon Turley National Account Manager, Imports
Eleni Tsaloufis Dot Foods Director of National Accounts
George Purnell National Accounts Manager
Josh Gremillion National Account Manager
Karen Keown National Accounts 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.
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! BeveragesDave Hardie Vice President
Matt Reimann Managing Partner
Sydney Evans Tetra Pak Account Manager
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.