Consumer Planning Program Committee

The Consumer Planning Program is managed by IFMA members who have made financial contributions to lead and support the program's initiatives. These Committee members drive the strategic direction of comprehensive areas of study focusing on the most critical issues affecting the foodservice industry today. Learn more.

Learn more about what it takes to be a CPP member by contacting Julie Heseman at

Deep Dive Topics Mean Deeper Understanding

The Consumer Planning Program's (CPP) base research tracks consumer eating occasions and eater types; however other deep dive topics (decided by committee members) add richer understanding of how to drive consumer demand in foodservice.   

McAlister’s CEO Carin Stutz to Address ‘Building a Winning Team’ at COEX

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. 

Operators Design a COEX to Tackle the New Complexities in Foodservice

COEX 2014, March 2-5, will deliver breakthrough best practices for collaboration between operators and manufacturers. The 3-day insights-driven and networking event created by operators will aid partners in speaking the same language, thus enabling the co-creation of demand to reach the ultimate target: the consumer.

Review of 2014 Foodservice "State of the Industry" Report

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.

Prepared Foods Coverage Details New View of Foodservice Consumer Eating Behaviors

The foodservice industry has little information on how consumers make their decisions regarding away-from-home food purchases. But the demand for this type of data is substantial. So too is the positive impact quality data can bring to overall industry growth. Read more to learn about solutions to this industry-wide challenge. 

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.