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SPRING 2019 Sponsors


Harbinder Maan Associate Director, Trade Marketing and Stewardship
Kate Johnston Vice President, (PR Agency Partner)
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

BelGioioso Cheese Inc.

Bridget Molthen Marketing Director
Frank Alfaro Director Foodservice & Export Sales
Steve Stapleton National Accounts Manager, Corporate Chef

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.


Ben Carpenter Associate Brand Manager, Foodservice

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.


Dan Mueller Corporate Account Director
Joe Frazier Food Service Key Account Director
Matt Roughgarden Vice President, Chain Account Services

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.


Darren Belnavis Global Corporate Chef/Director of Culinary
Jenna Kolanda Corporate Chef
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!


Bryon Coleman Vice President-Sales & Marketing
Joe Moore Corporate Chef

Jones Dairy Farm is a sixth generation, family-owned company that has been using real ingredients, original recipes and time-honored traditions to create distinctive quality products for more than 130 years. Jones is known for producing All Natural Sausage, Naturally Smoked Hams, and Dry-Aged Bacon products. We're always looking for ways to help set you apart. We do things differently because your customers deserve better. That’s why we promise to never add artificial preservatives, binders or fillers to any of our products. We think you’ll agree that the result is a difference you—and your customers—can taste.


Dave Woolley Consulting 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 Ventricelli Food Service Division Manager – West
Duane Moore Key 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 Vice President
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. NORPAC has continuously worked to improve farming and food processing practices since its inception in 1924. They produce the highest quality because they are harvested and processed locally, so fruits and vegetables can be picked and packed at their peak ripeness to ensure the best texture, color, and nutrition available. All NORPAC produced crops are non-GMO and domestically grown and processed.

NORPAC produces a wide variety of products including IQF vegetables, fruits, blends, fruit toppings, and roasted vegetables and does so using sustainable farming practices.


Brad Fisher Senior Director of Operator Accounts
Bryon Trauscht Director of National Accounts
Jason Dumo Prepared Foods, Head of Consumer Marketing
Josh Sinning Culinary Manager

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 Corporate Chef, Product Innovation
George Purnell National Account Manager
Josh Gremillion National Account Manager
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.

Bill Stutzman Key Account Manager
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.

Unilever Food Solutions

Gene Coats New Business Development
Isaac Frerichs Regional Chef
Jay Crown Vice President-Sales

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

YAY! Beverages

David Hardie President
Marc Desmarais

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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