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WFF Announces Partnership with IFMA on New Recognition for Leading Women in Manufacturing

WFF Announces Partnership with IFMA on New Recognition for Leading Women in Manufacturing

PR Newswire

DALLAS, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, WFF announced a partnership with the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) and their upcoming 63nd Gold & Silver Plate Awards event on Saturday, May 20 at Revel Fulton Market at 6:30pm. The annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards enables the industry to honor the nation's top foodservice operator talent. As part of the partnership, WFF has created an award to be given for the first time at the 2018 celebration, honoring individuals and companies who are doing great things with Women in Manufacturing.

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"The food industry is comprised of so many different sectors, each of which is critical to its functioning," said Hattie Hill, president and CEO of Women's Foodservice Forum. "Manufacturing is a keystone to the overall industry, and we're delighted and proud to develop an award to honor those women who are deeply involved in the leadership of that sector."

Established in 1989, WFF has been the go to resource for individuals to build skills, expand knowledge and broaden perspectives through meaningful strategic connections. WFF provides women and men working in the food industry opportunities to learn, network and grow; and part of that mission is celebrating women who are innovators and leaders in food manufacturing.

"IFMA is pleased to provide an opportunity for WFF to award their first Women in Manufacturing Award during our annual Gold & Silver Plate Celebration," said Larry Oberkfell, president and CEO of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. "We share the common goal of celebrating excellence in this great industry."

The Gold & Silver Plate Awards

Considered the industry's most prestigious honors since its creation in 1954, the Gold & Silver Plate Awards celebrate operators in the following nine categories:

  • Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept
  • Chain Full Service
  • Chain Limited Service
  • Health Care
  • Elementary & Secondary Schools
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Business & Industry/Foodservice Management
  • Retail & Specialty Foodservice
  • Hotels & Lodging

WFF Women in Manufacturing Award

Beginning in 2018, the WFF Women in Manufacturing Award will honor an individual and companies who have accelerated the advancement of women in the manufacturing sector of the industry.

The Gold & Silver Plate Awards Event

The celebration features a welcome reception and gourmet meal. Attendees include leaders from every operator segment, manufacturers, and industry partners, along with industry legends, including members of the Gold and Silver Plate Society. Silver Plate winners have been announced and can be reviewed here. For more information, please visit IFMA's website at

For tickets to the event, please visit IFMA's website.

About Women's Foodservice Forum

Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) is the industry's premier leadership development organization working since 1989 on advancing women in the food industry. Based in Dallas, WFF serves thousands of individuals and hundreds of employers across the United States in all segments of the industry including operations, manufacturing, distribution, publishing, consulting and more. Through highly effective and educational events such as the Annual Leadership Development Conference, Executive Summit, regional Leadership Development Workshops and rich networking opportunities, WFF provides the competence and strategic connections needed to make a positive difference in the careers of women in the food ecosystem. For more information, visit

About International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA)

IFMA is the leading trade association comprised of the world's most prestigious food, equipment and supply manufacturers in the $600 billion foodservice industry, as well as related marketing service organizations, trade publications, distributors and brokers. IFMA's Vision is to provide our member community and industry partners the opportunity to enhance the consumer's enjoyment of the foodservice choice. For more information, visit Follow IFMA on Twitter: @IFMAWORLD or join our group on LinkedIn.

Media Contact:

Ashley Short

Porter Novelli

(206) 770-7083


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