More than 500 prominent foodservice leaders spanning the operator, manufacturer and distributor communities gathered the first week of November at the 54th annual IFMA Presidents Conference to discuss the critical issues impacting our industry. From digitalization to changing consumer preferences, attendees walked away from the three day conference with high-level insights and questions that will impact their companies and industry for years to come.
In order to optimize the supply chain for six brands, Rich Kamph, SVP of Global Supply Chain for FOCUS Brands, felt it was important to engage the Operator Collaboration Model with his supplier partners to develop common understanding and expectations. Read more about how his organization is adopting IFMA’s best practice model.
The IFMA Education Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using her foodservice scholarship to further her studies in hospitality and Culinary Science.
Consumers are becoming more conscientious about what they purchase when dining away from home, triggering demand for products that are free-from unpronouncables, typically additive and preservative ingredients. As part of the Consumer Planning Program, IFMA and Datassential survey nearly 12,000 consumers about their foodservice purchases and preferences on a variety of topics, including “free-from”, in order to gain understanding of consumer concerns and how manufacturers can alleviate them.
Is category management dead or merely evolving into something different? Jeff Schroeder and Tim Hand, Partners at Kinetic12 Consulting outline the exciting evolution of manufacturer-distributor insights based planning.
Each month we highlight the newest companies that make up IFMA's diverse membership community. This month Blacksmith Applications, Palermo Villa Inc., ScottAdv and StarKist Co. have joined IFMA. Read on to learn about their background and specialty.