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Oakwood, GA. (December 8, 2014) – Wayne Farms' General Manager and Vice President of Further Processing, John Flood, was recently honored with the William J. Tobin Award at the 2014 International Foodservice Manufacturers Association's (IFMA) Presidents Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona. IFMA's prestigious William J. Tobin Award honors an industry executive who has made notable and lasting contributions to foodservice education.


IFMA's Educational Foundation has provided for hundreds of scholarships over its 50 year history. Flood was introduced to the world of foodservice during college when he received an internship from the IFMA Educational Foundation. He understands firsthand how supporting future leaders will better the industry and says, "When you find your passion, you will be successful."

Flood explains: "IFMA is the reason I am in foodservice today. I had an opportunity to receive an IFMA Educational Foundation internship while in college. IFMA changed my direction and my life. My advice to others not familiar with IFMA's Foundation is to get involved and support others like me - it does make a difference!"

The IFMA Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders by giving support to qualified culinary, marketing or food science students. Since 1972, the IFMA Educational Foundation has awarded more than $1MM in scholarships. Donations can be made by visiting: www.ifmaworld.com/about/educational-foundation/ and clicking "Donate."


About Wayne Farms LLC
Wayne Farms LLC is the sixth-largest vertically integrated poultry producer in the U.S. with annual sales exceeding $1.9 billion. A subsidiary of Continental Grain Company, Wayne Farms owns and operates 11 fresh and further-processed facilities throughout the Southeast, produces more than 2.5 billion pounds of poultry products each year, and employs more than 8,900 individuals. Producing products under the brand names of WAYNE FARMS® fresh chicken; PLATINUM HARVEST® premium fresh chicken; DUTCH QUALITY HOUSE® chicken and CHEF'S CRAFT™ gourmet chicken, Wayne Farms has a well-known history of delivering exceptional poultry products to some of the largest industrial, institutional, and foodservice companies across America.

About IFMA
Established in 1952, The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) is a leading foodservice trade association comprised of more than 300 of the world's most prestigious food, equipment and supply manufacturers in the $600 billion foodservice industry. Membership also includes marketing service organizations, trade publications, distributors and brokers.