Female Artisans Discuss: Proper Leadership Being Key To Move Past The #MeToo Movement

Female Artisans Discuss: Proper Leadership Being Key To Move Past The #MeToo Movement
  • The #MeToo movement is making positive changes in the restaurant industry.

  • Women are moving forward in an male-led industry and empowering women and men alike.

    The #MeToo movement has shone a light on the unhealthy culture not unique to, but definitely prevalent in, the restaurant industry. With women making up about 51.8 percent of the industry, there comes a shift in what was once a predominately male led space. Take a listen for an empowering discussion about the future of female artisans making a difference in the restaurant industry.



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Subway's Tech Chief Leaves as the Brand's App Launches

Subway's Tech Chief Leaves as the Brand's App Launches

Subway is one of the many restaurant giants struggling to keep up with today's influx of innovative and tech-savvy fast casual concepts.

In an effort to compete, the sandwich chain is rolling out a new app, along with digital kiosks.

However, while in the midst of this digital revamp, the chain's Chief Information and Digital Officer Carman Wenkoff will be leaving the company at the end of this month. 

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Specialty Food Association Names Phillip M. Kafarakis as New President

Specialty Food Association Names Phillip M. Kafarakis as New President

By Kerri Adams, Editor-at-Large

The not-for-profit trade association– Specialty Food has hired a new president. Phillip M. Kafarakis will be bringing 30+ years of experience to the role–specifically in strategic planning, innovative brand management, and membership development.

Prior to joining the Specialty Food Association’s executive team, Kafarakis was the Chief Innovation and Member Advancement Officer for the National Restaurant Association (NRA,) a trade organization that supports over 500,000 restaurant businesses, since May 2013. “Think of me as the business guy that helps fund the mission and work closely with our philanthropy and advocacy to make sure we aligned on primaries of the industry,” he told Foodable last year about his role. 

Before that, Kafarakis was with McCormick & Company in Hunt Valley, Md for 10 years and also held executive leadership roles at Jones Diary Farm, Kraft and Cargill. 

Specialty Food’s focus is to provide information about the $120.5 billion specialty food industry. The association provides statistics and data about product trends, while putting on the worldwide Fancy Food Shows, offering education programs and helping to build business opportunities for members. The association has over 3,200 members in the food and beverage industry– including distributors, manufacturers, exporters, brokers, retailers, importers and other professionals.

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