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2023 Innovation Award - Sang Hyun Park, CDM, CFPP

Congratulations, Sang Hyun Park, CDM, CFPP!

Sang Hyun Park, CDM, CFPP began a different foodservice career path in 2018 as the Food Category Manager with Coastal Pacific Food Distributors, Inc., which is the second-largest worldwide distributor of food and products for the military. In 2021, he became the Director of Contract Analytics, where he has developed several innovative programs that have educated his customers, increased sales, improved staff training and overall operations.

Sang introduced nutrition labeling for grab and go items, that provide military customers with accurate nutritional information on each food product label. This program has been very successful and improved customer satisfaction. He also developed a food safety & cleaning logbook that is fully compliant with the most up-to-date requirements by local regulations and is now issued with any necessary updates on a quarterly basis also with a new HACCP book annually.

Implementation and utilization of business intelligence tools, retail POS systems, and self-checkout technologies are additional examples of his innovative projects at CPFD, and they greatly improved performance, productivity and efficiency both operationally and financially.

Sang also created training materials for foodservice field teams in Japan, Korea and Guam, and field managers for chef and foodservice training. He focused on “well-visualized” training materials that increased the efficiency of training sessions with all foodservice team members. In addition to improving training materials, Sang was integral in purchasing, the software installment and training staff on the latest sushi robot in the industry which produces up to 1,300 rice sheets per hour.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies from The Culinary Institute of America and his MBA from Johnson & Wales University.