Industry Research

IFMA 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. 

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Serving Independent Restaurants Puts Manufacturers at the Heart of the Foodservice Industry

Independent restaurants represent one-third of broadline foodservice distribution dollars and their spending has increased year-over-year for the past two years. This growth has transpired despite independents competing against the marketing power of national and regional foodservice chains and losing total visits and unit counts during the recession. The message these trends convey is clear—that if chains are the backbone of the restaurant industry, then independent restaurants are the heart and it pays in the long run for manufacturers to maintain a long-term independent strategy. 

Learn about the IFMA Foodservice Landscape [webinar]

Did you miss the Landscape Webinar? Listen to IFMA, Datassential and The NPD Group provide an overview of the Foodservice Landscape – a complimentary resource featuring unit counts, behavioral patterns and growth projections – providing practitioners with a bird’s-eye view of each industry segment.

Between the Ears of the Evolving Foodservice Consumer

Consumers made 61 billion visits to restaurants and other foodservice outlets last year.  The top three reasons why consumers chose to make these visits — convenience, good location, and satisfying a taste or craving — are the same reasons why consumers have been dining away from home since the advent of foodservice.   

IFMA’s ROI Calculator to Help Members Achieve Zero-Based Budgeting

Zero-based budgeting is a trending practice first introduced in the 1970s that has very recently experienced a renaissance at numerous companies, both large and small. P&L professionals tasked with managing in a zero-based budgeting environment will be required to analyze the most efficient return on spending, from the bottom up, and truly understand how effective the spend will be. To assist P&L managers with this initiative, IFMA has developed a way to help quantify and qualify the value it brings to members and their respective companies.

Want to Better Understand Consumer Behavior and Dining Motivations?

Released this week, the new 2015/2016 Consumer Planning Program (CPP) Report uncovers eating behavior data from nearly 12,000 consumers across 17 critical topical areas. The Report, compiled in conjunction with Datassential, helps manufacturers address a void in insightful, reliable and current data available to the foodservice industry.

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.