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 the Nolan’s School 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 Cornell Nolan 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

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

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CIFBM Highlights

For the discussion, Lilly Jan, Ph.D. was joined by Devita Davison, executive director of FoodLab, Michigan; Jonathan Geffrard, director of bars, restaurants, and events at Thompson Dallas; and Irene Li ’15, chef and owner of Mei Mei, Boston.
October 22, 2021

Post-2020 Food and Beverage: Rebuilding an Embattled Industry

Experts joined Lilly Jan, Ph.D. to discuss problems and possible improvements in the food and beverage industry following the COVID-19 pandemic.

A panel of experts discuss the topic on a zoom style webinar.
October 14, 2021

The Choice: Industry Leaders Envision the Future of Food & Beverage

Daniella Senior and Elizabeth Tilton joined Lilly Jan to discuss ongoing strategies for improving the culture of the food and beverage industry.

A chef working in a kitchen with a mask and gloves on, setting a plate of food onto a tray.
May 7, 2021

Re-Electrified After Circuit Breaker: Singapore’s Restaurant Recovery

SHA Lecturer Lilly Jan, discusses Singapore’s restaurant recovery with chef-owners Travis Masiero ’03 and Ivan Brehm.


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 about our featured member!

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Pennsylvania developer prepares to break ground on North Charleston retail center

Featuring CIFBM board member Taylor Hardy ’19, Vice President of Operations, Hardy World

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Upcoming Events

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