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.

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.

Prepared Foods reviews Center of Innovation Excellence’s latest work

Top level findings on Best Practices in innovation process, based on most recent IFMA Center of Innovation Excellence whitepaper, revealed in Prepared Foods August edition.   

Best Practices for Foodservice New Product Development Revealed

IFMA's Center of Innovation Excellence has revealed four new Best Practices for Foodservice New Product Development (NPD). These practices come in the form of actionable tools that can be easily implemented into any current or developing new product process. Find out how they can help you improve your new product development process.

The Center of Innovation Excellence Uncovers Best Practices in Foodservice New Product Development

To enable manufacturers to launch more profitable new products, IFMA and Stage-Gate International released a report charting four essential best practices in foodservice new product development. The report,"New Product Development: Best Practices in Foodservice", was produced through The Center of Innovation Excellence (CIE) and provides practical tools that promote better innovation efficiency and foster collaboration.

Excerpt: Chapter 1 of CIE's Foodservice New Product Development Process: Performance Benchmarks

Get a sneak peek into the content shared in Chapter 1 of Foodservice New Product Develpment Process: Performance Benchmarks, part of CIE's Phase 2 initiative.

Nov 06

Presidents Conference

The IFMA Presidents Conference is the place “Where Leaders Meet.” The 54th annual premier top-to-top forum, co-hosted by the NRA and IFDA, brings together influential leaders of foodservice from the operator, manufacturer and distributor communities.

Dec 08

Operator Collaboration Model—Joint Business Planning Training

The Operator Collaboration Model is the industry's go-to-market model to collaborate more effectively with your chain operator partners. The training provides a framework to classify and segment operator-supplier relationships, better allocating resources across organizations.

Through this interactive one-day group training session, participants learn the OCM foundation and the new Joint Business Planning process, allowing immediate application of both in day-to-day interactions with key channel partners.

Learn how this new thinking and set of tools can change how to approach and manage key account business, and for operators, how to better manage supplier partners.


Mar 05

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."

May 20

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.