Leaders of IFMA, the NRA and IFDA delivered a SWOT analysis during their Foodservice "State of the Industry" Report, presented at the 2014 Presidents Conference. Their findings? The industry grew in 2014 and significant opportunities exist to increase consumer demand in 2015. Substantial savings opportunities can also be gained through more efficient supply chains this year. Learn how industry-wide collaboration is expected to continue contributing to increased foodservice sales and profitability in 2015.
The $683 billion restaurant industry is mature; however, there is unprecedented opportunity for innovation.
At COEX 2014, panelists from four fast-expanding chains illustrated, there is tremendous potential for and reward from innovation. All four entrepreneurs have tapped niches of consumer demand to build distinctive, well-loved brands that attract a loyal customer following. And all have prioritized people, fostering enduring connections in unique ways.
Each month we highlight the newest companies that make up IFMA's diverse membership community. Read on to learn about their backgrounds, specialties and why they are leaders in the foodservice industry.
In our second installment of the OCM Process, learn about the first step in creating collaboration between the manufacturer and chain operator: Determining the product category role.
Carin Stutz may be the brand new CEO of McAlister's Deli, but she is by no means new to the foodservice industry. She served as President and CEO of Cosi and held executive-level positions at Applebee's and Chili's. Ms. Stutz will bring this experience to IFMA's Chain Operator EXChange March 1-4, where she will address how to build a winning team and gain an increased share of the consumer choice.
IFMA's Educational Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using her foodservice stipend to further her studies in Food Science.