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IFMA Board of Directors awards CEO position to industry leader Phil Kafarakis

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Highly accomplished food executive takes on new role on November 1

Posted: October 21, 2021 at 12:39 p.m. MDT|Update: 2 hours ago

CHICAGO, 21 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) today announced the appointment of Phil kafarakis as the new President and CEO. Start November 1, 2021, he will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of IFMA and directing the activities of the association in support of the policies, goals and objectives established by its board of directors.

Phil Kafarakis, new President and CEO of IFMA.

Kafarakis, a highly accomplished senior executive with extensive experience leading large companies and food industry associations, joins IFMA with a proven track record of bottoming out. Starting his career in the industry on the manufacturing side, Kafarakis has led and successfully managed companies at Kraft, Jones Dairy Farm, Cargill and McCormick & Co., where he also served on the board of directors of IFMA. . Most recently, he was President of the Specialty Food Association (SFA), representing over 4,000 emerging small food entrepreneurs in the 160 billion dollars American specialty food industry. Prior to his appointment to the SFA, Kafarakis was Director of Innovation and Membership Advancement at the National Restaurant Association.

“I am honored and delighted to have been chosen to lead IFMA into the future, continuing to build on the exceptional work that has made IFMA the most respected authority in the music industry. catering, ”Kafarakis said.

“The board of directors of IFMA could not be more satisfied with the choice of the research committee,” said Hugues Roth, Senior Vice President and Director of Customer and Business Development at PepsiCo Foodservice and Chairman of the Board of Directors of IFMA 2021. “We are confident that Phil will bring the leadership, energy and enthusiasm to continue to deliver value to members and move IFMA forward. “

Kafarakis will take over for Larry Oberkfell, the current President and CEO of IFMA, who earlier this year announced his return to the industry after a successful and transformative 12-year career at the helm of IFMA. Oberkfell has led IFMA’s growth through multiple recessions and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic, steadily increasing the income and value of its members.

About the International Association of Foodservice Manufacturers (IFMA)
The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) is an established trade association serving foodservice manufacturers for over 65 years to improve industry practices and relationships while equipping every foodservice manufacturer with the tools to navigate the world. his future with confidence. By providing insight, developing best practices, and fostering connectivity through events, we enlighten members and drive change that leads to improvement for the individual member organization and the industry as a whole. For more information visit IFMAworld.com.

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) is an established business ...
The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) is an established trade association serving foodservice manufacturers for over 65 years to improve industry practices and relationships while equipping every foodservice manufacturer with the tools to navigate the world. his future with confidence. For more information, visit ifmaworld.com. (PRNewsfoto / IFMA)

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