SUMMER 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.
Bush Brothers & CompanyDave Endres Regional Sales Manager, Midwest
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.
California Table Grape Commission
ChobaniJake Briere Corporate Chef
Jennifer Pollhammer Senior Director of Sales - Non Commercial & Emerging
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 Global Corporate Chef/Director of Culinary
Jenna Kolanda Corporate Chef
Megan Slagel 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!
IDAHOANAndrew Macfarlane Manager, Strategic Accounts
Carlton Bird Director of Sales-East
Jennifer Fargey Director, Multi-Unit and Strategic Accounts
Steve Hamm Director, Foodservice Marketing
Our potatoes are custom-grown for our recipes - and we've used our 50 years of experience to develop proprietary cooking techniques that deliver superior flavor and texture in every serving. We offer over 180 product configurations for foodservice, retail, ingredient and export channels, using the most sophisticated cooking techniques and equipment available. Our products are renowned for their perfect flavor and texture by foodservice operators and their customers alike. Idahoan Foods will safely produce and deliver the products and services our customers ask for, when and where they need them, priced as we agreed. If you want that quality in your operation, go right to the source. Here, the potatoes - and the people - are genuine Idahoan.
Maple Leaf FoodserviceTom Huntington National Account Manager - Imports
Traci Mangiapane Director of Sales
Maple Leaf Foods is Canada’s leading consumer-packaged protein company, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. We make high-quality, great tasting, nutritious and innovative food products under leading brands including Maple Leaf®, Maple Leaf Prime®, Maple Leaf Natural Selections®, Schneiders®, Schneiders Country Naturals® and Mina™. Our Company employs approximately 11,000 people in its operations across Canada and exports to more than 20 global markets including the U.S. and Asia. Our people are passionate about the work they do and the products we make. As we move forward, we are determined to leverage their integrity and passion to continue to build a high-performing, values-based company enabled by high-performing, motivated and talented people.
The National Watermelon Promotion BoardJason Hernandez Foodservice Consultant
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. 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.
Nestlé WatersKristin 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 VP of Business Development
Marc Hubble Vice President of National Account Sales
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.
NORPACEmra Nation Chain Account Sales Manager
Steve Becic Director of Foodservice
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.
PILGRIM'SMike 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 ImportsDon Turley National Account Manager, Imports
Josh Gremillion National Account Manager
Karen Keown National Account 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.
TillamookMikel Crawford Chef
Mike Dixon National Account Manager
Thomas Keslinke Consultant
Preston Simon Director of Foodservice
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.
Unilever Food SolutionsRachel Dunn National Account Manager
Trisha Prodoehl Customer Development
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/
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.
YAY! MILKMark Desmarais Vice President
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.