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.

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.

Stage-Gate International Publications Available

Through IFMA's partnership with Stage-Gate International, IFMA members can take advantage of discounted pricing on Stage-Gate International's insightful resources.

Aug 08

Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum

The annual IFMA Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum focuses on marketing and sales collaboration, providing these professionals the means to apply actionable insights and best practices to work together to improve both strategic planning and go-to-market execution. 

The program serves to unravel the complexities of the foodservice landscape, delivering powerful insights into the consumer, operator and distributor communities, as well as communicating how to best utilize the available tools for improved collaboration and tactical go-to-market execution. 

Aug 30

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

Changing Foodservice Landscape

Take a deep-dive into the IFMA Foodservice Landscape and Insights Library, helping you further understand key dynamics and changes within the channel that will influence your go-to market planning and execution

Sep 06

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

How to Navigate the Complexity of a GPO

As group purchasing organizations expand into more markets and impact a larger percentage of large leverage operators (LLOs) and independents, manufacturers need to make choices. Gain a deeper understanding on the GPO “landscape” and how to engage with GPOs for desired outcomes.