Center of Innovation Excellence (CIE)

IFMA's provides a robust collection of resources for the foodservice industry. One of the benefits of being an IFMA member is the information at your fingertips. From food guidelines to new trends in consumer dining behavior, IFMA is your go-to source for industry information that helps you stay ahead.

This section provides a collection of resources addressing the new product development process in the foodservice industry.

Center of Innovation Excellence [CIE] Whitepapers

Login to download a total of 3 whitepapers for the three phases of whitepapers written for the Center of Innovation Excellence. 

 

Achieve a Competitive Edge through Collaborative Planning and Execution Excellence across Multiple Disciplines

Restaurant chains operate today in a fast-changing market environment. And the pace of change is accelerating, driven by multiple factors including technological advances, the pressure to innovate, consumers’ rising expectations on the speed of service and competitive pressures. Those who embrace these challenges will find they lead to a competitive edge through collaboration across multiple disciplines.

Author Eve Turow Paul Addresses Young Consumers and Their Influence on Foodservice

In an exploration of how consumers’ changing relationships with food are transforming foodservice, author Eve Turow Paul shared findings about the attitudes and motivations behind Millennials’ obsessive interest in food, and why it is imperative for everyone in foodservice to take note. Four expert panelists then discussed how their operations are adapting to these trends. All insights were provided as part of a key topic address at IFMA COEX 2016.

Three Opportunities Technology Brings to Operators

Drawing on data-based research findings specifically fielded for IFMA COEX 2016, Jack Li, managing director at Datassential, discussed opportunities for technological innovation in foodservice to improve customer experiences and deepen the operator/customer relationship. Following the presentation, a panel of foodservice operators addressed lessons from adopting state-of-the-art technologies in their operations, including challenges they have encountered, advice they would give others, and where they see technology taking the industry in the coming years.

Webinar: Center of Innovation Excellence - Best Practices in Innovation

Ken Miller, Vice President and General Manager of Smucker Foodservice, and Michelle Jones, Executive Vice President Global Growth of Stage-Gate International, discussed the four best practices in New Product Development (NPD) discovered through IFMA's Center of Innovation Excellence.

Oct 12

Strategic Issues Series: Back To School

Back To School: A deep dive into the current K-12 segment and how the manufacturers are sure to get the passing grade. 

The Strategic Issues Series is a complimentary IFMA Manufacturer Members-only forum that focuses on issues that are top of mind for foodservice manufacturers. There is no additional cost to attend, as this event is included in the Member’s annual dues. From GPOs to The Distributor of the Future, the series brings to light critical challenges and how manufacturers can take advantage of them to create growth opportunities.

Sep 27

Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum 2017: Post-Conference Webinar Series

Best Practices in Marketing & Sales Collaboration: Roundtable Report-Out

An in-depth report-out from the interactive roundtable discussions at Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum. Four distinct areas of discussion, including: Innovation, Customer Support Management, Strategic Planning & Development, and CRM/Lead Generation. Learn more about the takeaways from each small group session. 

 

 

Oct 19

2017 October Foodservice Fundamentals

The foodservice industry is evolving. Get an updated understanding of how by attending the IFMA Foodservice Fundamentals™. This series is proven to help those new to foodservice by breaking down the complexities of the industry. This premier accelerated training program will highlight multiple topics including industry basics, trading partner dynamics, segment & channel nuances and consumer-based trends and insights.