Why Do Chain Operators Attend COEX?

Posted by IFMA December 03, 2014

Tagged in Channel Partners COEX Foodservice Leaders

If you've ever asked yourself as an IFMA member, "Why should I attend COEX?", take a look at why Chain Operators do, and the reason is clear.

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Presidents Conference

The IFMA Presidents Conference is the place “Where Leaders Meet.” The 54th annual premier top-to-top forum, co-hosted by the NRA and IFDA, brings together influential leaders of foodservice from the operator, manufacturer and distributor communities.

Industry veterans on tap for COEX 2014

Not only can you expect two all-star industry operator panels at COEX 2014, but also two industry all-stars to lead them. Lane Cardwell and Fred LeFranc are veterans of the brick and mortar restaurant business, so with decades of experience between them they are more than qualified to say they have walked a mile in the panelists' shoes. Find out which tough topics they'll address at COEX March 2-5 in Las Vegas.

Doug Brooks on making tough choices in foodservice

A 48-year industry veteran, who spent the last nine at the helm of Brinker International, Doug Brooks knows a thing or two about finding focus in foodservice and will share his experiences at Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) 2014.

John Koncki from CKE Restaurants Gets May's SMB Call Fired Up

Every month, IFMA's Small & Midsized Business (SMB) community hosts a discussion with industry experts, trading partners or operator customers. In May, John Koncki, Director of R&D at CKE Restaurants, joined the SMB community call, discussing how small and midsized businesses can work with the restaurant chain.

Driving Consumer Demand

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.

Collaboration Techniques for Menu Changes, Product Improvements and Reacting to Today’s Demanding Guests

No activity is more mission critical for restaurant operators than menu development. Poor attempts at menu development won't always mean the demise of a concept, and successful menus won't ensure business success, but the quality of menu development definitely affects a restaurant's success. 

2014 Distributor Award Winners Announced!

IFMA announced the winners of the 8th Annual Distributor Awards. The prestigious awards acknowledge distributor leadership and overall excellence within the foodservice industry. The winners will be celebrated at Presidents Conference on Nov. 2-5, 2014, co-hosted by IFMA and The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA).

"This year's Distributor Award recipients are among the best in the business and we are proud to honor them." Click to read more. 

Operators on Driving Supply Chain Efficiency

The foodservice supply chain matured over the past decade, with increased use of technology, more data, and improved collaboration. We asked operators to weigh in on how this has effected them.

Operators on Driving Consumer Demand

Consumers have become more knowledgeable about the food they eat, and are increasingly interested in doing business with companies in all industries, including foodservice, who share their values and are part of their community. They also care a great deal about experiences and value. Therefore, creating demand in the future will still be about the basics of food, service, and cleanliness, but will increasingly be about experiences and choices.

“It’s not personal, it’s just business.”

It's a phrase you hear often in business dealings. Yet in today's rapidly evolving world, this mindset leads to rigid, us vs. them relationships that can't withstand a market that demands constant change and adaptation. At Presidents Conference 2013, Kate Vitasek, author of the book series Vested, took the audience deep into collaborative relationships to help them understand which types are appropriate for which relationship.

New Interactive Sessions at Presidents Conference

Find out how what attendees said about last year's IFMA/IFDA Presidents Conference and what we're doing to improve the top-to-top conference this year.