Consumer Planning Program

The foodservice industry has limited data on how consumers make their decisions regarding food purchases away-from-home. The Consumer Planning Program (CPP) was formed, in partnership with Datassential, to delve deeper into the consumer mindset, to find out why consumers pick a foodservice venue, how those decisions are made and what manufacturers (and operators) can do to influence those decisions.

IFMA manufacturer members who are part of the Consumer Planning Program Committee have made financial contributions to support the initiative that drives topics of interest for the report. Read more about the benefits of becoming a member of the Consumer Planning Program.

Reading Consumers’ Minds – How Occasions Drive Foodservice Demand

At the 2013 Marketing & Sales Leaders ForumDatassential's Jack Li presented all new information on why consumer occasions are such an important piece of the puzzle when manufacturers execute with their operator customers.

IFMA’s Consumer Planning Program – More Insights, More Benefits!

This year, IFMA's Consumer Planning Program delivers big value by adding additional benefits along with relevant and actionable insights!  

Review of 2014 Foodservice "State of the Industry" Report

Leaders of IFMA, the NRA and IFDA delivered a SWOT analysis during their Foodservice "State of the Industry" Report, presented at the 2014 Presidents Conference. Their findings? The industry grew in 2014 and significant opportunities exist to increase consumer demand in 2015. Substantial savings opportunities can also be gained through more efficient supply chains this year. Learn how industry-wide collaboration is expected to continue contributing to increased foodservice sales and profitability in 2015.

Prepared Foods Coverage Details New View of Foodservice Consumer Eating Behaviors

The foodservice industry has little information on how consumers make their decisions regarding away-from-home food purchases. But the demand for this type of data is substantial. So too is the positive impact quality data can bring to overall industry growth. Read more to learn about solutions to this industry-wide challenge. 

Consumer Planning Program Last Minute Decisions & Eating Out of Dayparts [webinar]

IFMA and Datassential's Jack Li present a series of webinars for 2015 CPP members who have access to the 2014 CPP report. The webinar series will cover all topics from the 2014 CPP report, including occasions, eater types, deep dives, and micro reports. This webinar focused on the Last Minute Decisions & Eating Out of Dayparts Micro Reports.

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."