Foodservice Category Management

Insight-Driven Go-to-Market Planning Best Practice between Manufacturers and Distributors – fueled by the Full Plate™ Category Management Process 

Foodservice Category Management best practices were created by the Innovation & Activation Board, a group of 35 leading companies (19 manufacturers, six distributors, three brokers, The Partnering Group, IFMA, NRA, FSMA, IFDA, The NPD Group and Datassential). Their work established an all-inclusive process, language, best practices and metrics for the foodservice industry, which provides insights driven strategic planning with distributors. A white paper addressing the application of category management best practices and processes that help both distributors and manufacturers drive more collaboration and effective partnerships, titled "Full Plate™, Applying Collaborative Planning Best Practice in Foodservice," is now available. To receive a complimentary copy of the report, click "Join the Update Group".

Industry professionals can receive training and certification through IFMA and The Partnering Group. To learn more about training and certification, click here.

Foodservice Category Management Updates from 2014 Presidents Conference

Foodservice category management is not a faddish "one-hit wonder"; it is here to stay. It's a very effective operational approach that leverages strategic insights as supply chain partners collaboratively work together to co-create value. In piloting, Full Plate™ best-practice processes generated 20% sales growth.

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.

5 Groundbreaking Foodservice Initiatives

A lot was covered at Presidents Conference 2013. Take a look at the agenda and registration list for more information on the many learning and collaboration opportunities of which attendees took advantage. In case you missed it, read on for a list of five new industry-wide initiatives, introduced by Dawn Sweeney (NRA), Larry Oberkfell (IFMA) and Mark Allen (IFDA) directed to win back the consumer for foodservice.

Welcome to the Foodservice Category Management Community!

Thank you for being part of the Foodservice Category Management Community! Read on for tips on how to take advantage of this resource page.

Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum 2013: Foodservice Category Management Executive Summary

Category management is a data-driven, collaborative process where distributors and manufacturers work together to develop strategies to grow specific categories, by satisfying operators and consumers. The concept of category management isn't new, but with a new business paradigm focused on supply chain efficiency and with access to an unprecedented level of data, the time for foodservice category management is now. Download an executive summary from Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum 2013 to learn more. 

May 19

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This Annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards event during NRA Week enables manufacturers to honor the nation's top operator talent. Annually, IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the celebration. This event affords the perfect opportunity to entertain operator customers. 

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