Marlin Network launches Foodservice Professional Panel

Marlin Network launches Foodservice Professional Panel

This foodservice marketing agency is putting together a restaurant operator panel and is looking for professionals just like you to become influencers in the industry!

Marlin Network is an agency that has been in business for over 30 years and is on a mission to engage consumers in better experiences away from home.

Currently, the agency is looking for input from operators, owners, chefs, and managers across all segments of commercial restaurants. Marlin Network wants the opinion of those people in the industry who are considered key decision makers, or the people purchasing product for their place of business.

This is an interesting opportunity for industry professionals who qualify, where they will be rewarded for voicing their thoughts on products anonymously. The company will never sell the participant’s information or market to them. Marlin Network’s goal is to better the foodservice industry and incorporate the opinions of real food industry professionals into their projects.

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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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