COEX Innovation Awards

The COEX Innovation Awards recognize regional and national chain companies that shape the industry through innovation in culinary, operations, marketing and service. 2016 Winners are as follows:

Chili's–2016 COEX Innovation Award for Culinary & Operations for a National Chain

Mellow Mushroom–2016 COEX Innovation Award for Culinary & Operations for a Regional Chain

Buffalo Wild Wings–2016 COEX Innovation Award for Marketing & Service for a National Chain

Whataburger–2016 COEX Innovation Award for Marketing & Service for a Regional Chain

 

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Past Recipients

2017 Nominations are now closed.

Celebrate with the 2017 winners each year at IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX)!

AWARD CATEGORIES

Culinary/Operations Innovation Award recognizes companies that demonstrate true innovation in one or more of such back-of-house areas as:

  • Food preparation, quality and/or presentation
  • Introduction of new menu items
  • Addressing trends that drive consumer behavior (health/wellness, flavor/nutrition, and demographics)
  • Operational systems

Marketing/Service Innovation Award recognizes companies that demonstrate true innovation in one or more of such front-of-house areas as:

  • Communications/advertising/promotions to drive customer attraction and retention
  • Use of social media
  • Wait staff training and incentive programs
  • Ambience and decor