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 GS1 issues in the foodservice industry.

2015 "State of the Foodservice Industry" Report

Supported by two recent IFMA surveys, leaders of the foodservice industry’s largest associations representing manufacturers, operators and distributors revealed the state of the foodservice industry today, as well as several areas where big changes are expected in the years to come. These findings were presented during IFMA Presidents Conference 2015 in Scottsdale, AZ.

GDSN Major Release 3 Rescheduled for May 20, Letter Provides Important Preparation Details

A letter to the IFMA Membership Community from Angela Fernandez, Vice President, Foodservice and Retail Grocery, GS1 US Industry Engagement, alerts users of the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) to be ready for “Major Release 3”, originally scheduled to take place on May 6, but now moved back to May 20. Loss of service may severely impact a company’s ability to receive item data through the network. The letter provides guidance on what to expect and how to prepare for the release.


GS1 CONNECT 2013: Business Moving Forward

Join industry peers, trading partners, and standards experts at GS1 Connect 2013 in San Antonio to network and find out how you can improve your business with GS1 Standards.

Shamrock Foods Serves Up Quality Data from Pallet to Palate

Shamrock Foods (Shamrock) needed complete and accurate data for its web-based ordering system to satisfy the increasing demands of its customers, especially healthcare providers and school systems that require nutritional and allergen information before purchasing. The company also understood how using quality data could help it become more efficient and cut costs throughout its operations.


How IPC Achieves High Data Quality Standards for the Largest Fast Food Brand in the World

With an eye on freshness and quality, IPC wanted to achieve traceability of suppliers’ products as they travel to SUBWAY® restaurants. To do this, IPC realized it needed accurate product data, yet found widespread inaccuracies that were adding costs and inefficiencies throughout its supply chain.

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."