Center of Innovation Excellence (CIE)

The Center of Innovation Excellence (CIE) Committee spearheads the efforts of CIE, an initiative to develop standard innovation frameworks for foodservice. IFMA and Stage-Gate International launched CIE to provide IFMA members, their customers and trading partners with a deeper understanding of the drivers of new product success that are unique to foodservice as well as a variety of resources to help improve their capabilities. IFMA manufacturer members who are part of this committee have made financial contributions to support the initiative.


10 Reasons to Join an Association

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Center of Innovation Excellence [CIE] Whitepapers

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Achieve a Competitive Edge through Collaborative Planning and Execution Excellence across Multiple Disciplines

Restaurant chains operate today in a fast-changing market environment. And the pace of change is accelerating, driven by multiple factors including technological advances, the pressure to innovate, consumers’ rising expectations on the speed of service and competitive pressures. Those who embrace these challenges will find they lead to a competitive edge through collaboration across multiple disciplines.

Author Eve Turow Paul Addresses Young Consumers and Their Influence on Foodservice

In an exploration of how consumers’ changing relationships with food are transforming foodservice, author Eve Turow Paul shared findings about the attitudes and motivations behind Millennials’ obsessive interest in food, and why it is imperative for everyone in foodservice to take note. Four expert panelists then discussed how their operations are adapting to these trends. All insights were provided as part of a key topic address at IFMA COEX 2016.

Three Opportunities Technology Brings to Operators

Drawing on data-based research findings specifically fielded for IFMA COEX 2016, Jack Li, managing director at Datassential, discussed opportunities for technological innovation in foodservice to improve customer experiences and deepen the operator/customer relationship. Following the presentation, a panel of foodservice operators addressed lessons from adopting state-of-the-art technologies in their operations, including challenges they have encountered, advice they would give others, and where they see technology taking the industry in the coming years.

Nov 06

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.