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IFDA Learning Exchanges

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June 24-25, 2024

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The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, LA

Don’t take our word for it – this is what participants in previous meetings are saying:

“As someone who is new to the foodservice industry, I found [these meetings] incredibly beneficial. In my day-to-day, I don’t see the issues faced by Operations and IT. I was able to learn what challenges are present in that area and learn how other companies are addressing them. It was also great to meet other Finance individuals to begin to build a network of individuals who face some of the same challenges that we do.”

  • – Brenda Schwickerath, controller at Martin Bros. Distributing Co., Inc., in Cedar Falls, IA

“I have to say, that my owners didn’t mention that the size of the share groups would be as comfortably small as they were, but it was a refreshing surprise to be able to be heard ‘by’ my peers, as well as ‘from’ my peers in such a direct way. We were able to share best practices and procedures on many of the topics that were affecting us all on a day-to-day basis. Things from like, finding the right employees for the job, keeping our staffs motivated and engaged; to using the right computer system to fit our needs and its operational fit. Whether we have 70 employees or 700, we all had the same recurring issues and concerns for our businesses and that was encouraging to know we are not alone with these issues in Food Distribution and Operations.”

  • – Chris Murray, Director of Human Resources at Schiff’s Food Service, Inc., in Scranton/Taylor, PA

“[These meetings] are an excellent opportunity to discuss best practices, pain points, and fresh ideas with your peers in a more intimate setting. The moderated discussion keeps the schedule on point, while also broadening the topics with knowledge from the industry. You can expect to walk away with a greater sense of how your KPIs line up industry wide, and new ideas to bring back and implement.”

  • – Jim Hoss, Vice President, Transportation & Operations, Cash-Wa Distributing, in Kearney, NE