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!

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.