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.

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. 

Jun 12

Navy Foodservice Ashore Solutions Conference

This conference is for all on-shore military personnel, affiliates and foodservice professionals including 100+ military, Department of Defense (DOD) and 50 food manufacturers. The event makes up an eclectic group of industry personnel.