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.

CSM Bakery Solutions Commits to Full Plate™ Category Management Training and Certification Program

In 2013, IFMA and The Partnering Group (TPG) launched its Full Plate™ process, developing a best practice framework in Category Management for the foodservice industry.   IFMA staff sat down with Marla Cushing, Director of Marketing at CSM, to discuss how the organization has implemented the Full Plate™ process and how Category Management Training and Certification has helped the organization. 

IFMA & TPG’s New White Paper Addresses Application of Category Management Best Practices and Processes

CHICAGO, OCT. 1, 2015—Today the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) released a white paper addressing the application of category management best practices and processes that help both distributors and manufacturers drive more collaborative and effective partnerships. The white paper, titled “Full Plate™, Applying Collaborative Planning Best Practice in Foodservice,” is provided by IFMA in conjunction with The Partnering Group (TPG).  

Analytics That Drive Foodservice Category Management Best Practices

Foodservice Category Management was a key topic of interest at the 2014 Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum (MSLF), which took place August 5-6 in Buffalo, NY. Of particular intrigue was how industry best practices were in place to bring a paradigm-shifting process that leverages insights from analytics to create value all along the supply chain. Learn what transpired on this topic at last year's conference and mark your calendars for Aug. 4-5 for the 2015 MSLF event taking place at Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis.

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.

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.

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Chain Operators EXchange (COEX)

The IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) enables chain operators to take advantage of business building insights and create personal connections with leading manufacturers. With dozens of high-profile operators on the planning committee, the program truly is created "by operators, for operators."

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