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

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CIFBM Highlights

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July 14, 2020

Restaurants face closings as business slows and rents go unpaid

Professor Alex Susskind predicts that 30% of restaurants may go out of business as their incomes have been decimated by COVID-19 shutdowns.

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July 5, 2020

Inside seating? A Harlem bar owner navigates COVID-19’s changing rules

Professor Alex Susskind discusses the new reality restaurants will have to navigate in a changed world and food industry.

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June 9, 2020

New restaurants are mad crazy to be opening right now — or are they?

Lecturer Lilly Jan says it might not be ideal to open up a new restaurant right now, but wouldn't call it crazy.


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