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.


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

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CIFBM Highlights

Proprietor consults hospitality industry resource hub
April 3, 2020

SHA launches hospitality industry resource hub

The COVID-19 resource hub compiles expert information, tools, and guidance from the school's faculty and its partners in the hospitality industry.

International Business Times logo
March 18, 2020

Takeout, delivery may save restaurant industry amid coronavirus restrictions

Professor Alex Susskind, director of the Food and Beverage Institute, says its not just restaurants that need to adapt to COVID-19 closing measures, but all levels of the supply chain.

Yahoo Lifestyle
March 12, 2020

Is it safe to eat in restaurants amid the coronavirus? Experts say proceed with caution

Professor Alex Susskind, director of the Food and Beverage Institute, notes that contamination is more complex in restaurants vs. a highly-organized supply chain.


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