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.

How Dot Foods Uses Quality Foodservice Data as Expressway for Growth

With about 105,000 products from 700 suppliers, Dot Foods (Dot) was looking for a way to fully-leverage its market advantage by expanding and enhancing the Expressway with more complete and accurate product information. The company launched a data quality initiative that transformed its online catalogue to include expanded and validated data attributes. Learn more about how this initiative now enables more than 1.5 million hits per month from its users, including 2,800 distributors and 310 national account operators.

DineEquity and McLane Use GS1 to Drive Increased Food Traceability and Safety

With more than 3,600 restaurants in 18 countries, DineEquity is one of the largest full-service restaurant companies with two iconic American flagship brands-Applebee's® and IHOP®. The company wanted to take steps to achieve traceability for increased food safety for its franchisees' restaurants and their hundreds of thousands of customers who dine at these restaurants each day.

Foodservice GS1 US Update: July/August 2014

The Foodservice GS1 US Update is provided by IFDA and IFMA to share progress on the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative and provide links to available resources. 

Adoption of GS1 Standards

The foodservice industry has made the adoption of GS1 Standards a top priority to improve product information, efficiency and food safety.

Foodservice GS1 US Update: January 2014

The Foodservice GS1 US Update is provided by IFDA and IFMA to share progress on the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative and provide links to available resources.

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."