Accelerating the Advancement of Women Leaders 


May 25, 2018

The inaugural recipients of the WFF/IFMA Women in Manufacturing Award were honored at the Gold & Silver Plate Awards. Picture left to right are: Perry Miele, President, Nestle Professional; Kathleen Ciaramello, President, National Foodservice & On- Premise, The Coca-Cola Company; Hugh Roth, SVP, Chief Customer and Business Development Officer, PepsiCo Global Foodservice; Hattie Hill, President and CEO, WFF; Jennifer Convery, Group President North America, Griffith Foods; Kristin Kroepfl, VP of Marketing & Sales Strategy, Kellogg’s Specialty Channels; Helen Griffith, Vice President of Marketing, S&D Coffee; Chris Loflin, SVP Global and Corporate Accounts, Ecolab; Bruce Allen, Vice President and General Manager, Convenience & Foodservice, General Mills. Organization awardees not pictured are: Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Custom Foods of America and Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

WFF has been proud to partner with the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) to introduce the first WFF/IFMA Women in Manufacturing Award to recognize companies in the manufacturing sector of the Food Industry with demonstrated commitment to drive gender equity in their organizations and across the industry.

The inaugural 2018 WFF and IFMA Women in Manufacturing Award recognizes the manufacturers who were the first to participate in the 2017 Women in the Workplace Study by McKinsey & Company and WFF convened 32 companies across the Food Industry to participate in this critical effort to gain benchmark data about women’s progress in our industry.

The study has helped illuminate equity gaps and became the foundation for the WFF’s LEAD THE WAY initiative. LEAD THE WAY is the Food Industry’s gender equity movement, championed by WFF.

These visionary manufacturing companies demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to accelerating the advancement of women in this critical segment of the industry. The awardees are:


Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

The Coca-Cola Company

Custom Foods of America

Dr Pepper Snapple Group


General Mills

Griffith Foods


Nestle USA


S&D Coffee and Tea, Inc.


Congratulations and thank you for your leadership!

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