Advancing the food and beverage industry with teaching, research, and engagement.

The Cornell Institute for Food and Beverage Management (CIFBM) connects students, faculty, alumni, and industry partners across the restaurant, foodservice, and beverage management spaces. CIFBM is aligned with SHA’s focus on the hospitality industry, yet closely tied to the Business of Food interdisciplinary theme across the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.

About the director

Alex Susskind

Alex Susskind

Director of the Cornell Institute for Food and Beverage Management

Alex Susskind’s research and industry connections position him for success as he leads CIFBM as its founding director. Susskind joined the School of Hotel Administration in 1998 and teaches undergraduate, graduate, and executive education courses. Among other active research projects, Susskind is examining how organizational technology is affecting the relationship between guests and service-based employees and managers, and how restaurant-provided nutrition information on menus, as required by the Affordable Care Act, is influencing guests’ food choices when they dine out at full-service restaurants.

Susskind is also the associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of food and beverage management in the operations, technology, and information management area.

COVID-19 insights and tools for the hospitality industry

The School of Hotel Administration has developed a collection of resources to equip all sectors of the hospitality industry with tools and guidance as its leaders continue to navigate the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Industry engagement

The Institute for Food and Beverage Management brings alumni and executives into the classroom, and in turn, provides insights, research, and talent back to the industry.

Corporate relations

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Advisory Board

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Advisory Board

Business of Food

Explore Cornell’s resources and developments in the Business of Food interdisciplinary theme

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CIFBM Highlights

March 31, 2021

Alumni Mark and Brian Canlis Pivot During a Pandemic and Flourish

Canlis restaurant owners practice flexibility to thrive and flourish during pandemic.

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February 22, 2021

Roundtable Recap: Sustainability in the era of COVID-19

Participants from around the world gathered virtually for the Center for Hospitality Research’s 11th Annual Sustainability Roundtable to discuss sustainability in the era of COVID-19.

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February 16, 2021

The new dining reality: Shorter menus, quicker meals — and ugly-delicious dishes

The pandemic is "an opportunity for restaurants to improve labor relations — pay more to staff — and try to renegotiate the fundamental elements of their business," says Professor Alex Susskind.

Members in the News

CIFBM Advisory Board members and their companies are often featured in the news as thought leaders in their fields. Here, at the Cornell Institute for Food and Beverage Management, we are proud to recognize their accomplishments. Please take a moment to learn more about our members!

March 23, 2021

Mixed-use project a Hardy effort a long I-70

CIFBM boared member Taylor Hardy said this is the first project that Hardy World is acting as the contractor, “managing the entire project. We are utilizing local companies as subcontractors.”

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February 18, 2021

Cannae Holdings, Inc. Announces Appointment of Two New Board Members

CIFBM board member Barry Moullet has been appointed to Cannae’s Compensation Committee of the board.

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January 20, 2020

Cool Beans Launches Three New Wraps

“We celebrate our growth into the vastly changed and increasingly-important Frozen Food category with the launch of Cool Beans, a brand that delivers a unique and convenient new innovation in plant-based foods,” -World Finer Foods CEO Susan Guerin.

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