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.

IFMA Launches Center of Innovation Excellence

PRESS RELEASE: CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) is making great strides in the development of standard innovation frameworks for foodservice through the Center of Innovation Excellence (CIE).

IFMA Begins Phase 2 of the Center of Innovation Excellence

PRESS RELEASE:CHICAGO, Ill. (June 7, 2011) - The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) is proud to announce the launch of the Center of Innovation Excellence (CIE) formed to develop and bring best practices and proven methodologies to foodservice that will improve the  effectiveness of innovation to ensure success. The CIE's first area of innovation focus will be "products to launch."

P&G Professional Executive: Innovation Comes in Many Forms

IFMA partnered with Restaurant SmartBrief to bring attention to ways to optimize across the entire supply channel and bring consumers back to foodservice.

CIE Phase 3 Best Practices Call for Founding Members!

We are currently recruiting Founding Members for the Center of Innovation Excellence (CIE) Phase 3 work.

CIE Phase 2 Benchmarking on Sale!

Innovation is the lifeblood of the industry and now you have access to information on how innovation is being managed in foodservice specifically!

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.