Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, Chipotlé, Fazoli’s, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Mellow Mushroom, Taco Bell and Whataburger were among the foodservice operators recently awarded with IFMA COEX Innovation Awards. Each was nominated by an IFMA member who was looking to “go a little further” to show how much they cared about their customers. The end result has proven to be a big hit with both the winners and the companies that nominated them.
Foodservice operators don’t expect to receive fanfare from their suppliers after purchasing their hi-quality products, not even when those products drive increased amounts of repeat business. However, operators who have received an IFMA Innovation Award said the accolade does foster increased good will with their suppliers and builds morale with their colleagues who don’t always get to shine outside of their respective offices.
Some of the foodservice industry’s most compelling topics, issues and opportunities were addressed during the 2016 IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) that took place in Las Vegas this March. Six of the outstanding presentations delivered at COEX, a conference developed by operators for operators, are covered in the IFMA COEX 2016 Executive Summary Series.
The content on deck for IFMA COEX 2016 will cater to all types of foodservice professionals, including Supply Chain, Culinary, Executive Leadership, Marketing and Insights. Thought-leaders will share valuable perspectives and experiences on hot-button issues - in Vegas! Get ready to connect, learn and have fun.
Andrew Puzder is credited with turning around both the Hardee’s brand and CKE, allowing the company to survive, become financially secure and return to growth after it had faced serious financial and operational issues. In his opening keynote, Puzder will share strategies for success and lessons learned during his time as chief executive officer.