Nation’s Restaurant News Editorial Director Sam Oches spoke with International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) President and CEO Phil Kafarakis at the Chain Operators Exchange (COEX) in Austin about the association and the future of the industry.
The two discussed supply chain challenges and how members of the association – which includes manufacturers, suppliers, operators, non-commercial foodservice providers and more – have handled the pandemic. and the many challenges facing the restaurant industry since the start of 2020.
Some of the big topics throughout the three-day event that Oches and Kafarakis spoke about include rising commodity prices, how operators are handling the seemingly never-ending supply chain crisis and the waning impact of COVID on the industry.
Additionally, Nation’s Restaurant News partnered with IFMA and COEX throughout the event to produce a series of podcasts featuring leaders such as Paul Damico, CEO of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop; Josh Halpern, CEO of Big Chicken; Patrick Terry, founder of P. Terry’s, and many others. Be sure to check them out on the Extra Serving and Take-Away with Sam Oches podcast streams in the coming weeks.