Participating in the IFMA Distributor Awards program is one of the best ways for members to maximize participation at one of IFMA’s largest events. Nominating a distributor is a significant opportunity to build customer relations, gain national exposure and serve as an important advocate for the foodservice industry.
The emergence of Millennials and Gen Z is creating tremendous difficulty on every side of the foodservice industry, from declining customer foot traffic and stagnant sales. These massive, diverse generations think differently about food, beverages, dining out, foodservice marketing, and foodservice brands than any previous generation.
The U.S. market is becoming increasingly saturated for many leading foodservice brands. Many have recently shared their plans for international foodservice business development and expansion. International restaurant expansion comes with a host of challenges for all constituents: manufacturers, operators and distributors.
For decades, foodservice has been defined as food prepared away from home. Today, however, the lines are blurring between foodservice and in-home meals. When people entertain at home, for example, they often acquire food from both retail and foodservice sources. Research shows that people enjoy eating at home when they are multitasking or when they want a comfortable atmosphere. On the other hand, consumers are excited and passionate about away-from-home meals. Rather than trying to get people into restaurants, foodservice companies can succeed by bringing food to consumers at home. Keys to success are improved access, delivery, and automation.
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.