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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Industry-Wide Initiatives Changing the Face of Foodservice

Foodservice manufacturers, distributors, and operators have many mutual goals - above all to grow the industry by providing greater value to consumers. In an unprecedented presentation at Presidents Conference 2013, Larry Oberkfell, Dawn Sweeney, and Mark Allen took the stage together to evoke a call-to-action for the entire industry.

6 Impending Changes in Foodservice

The foodservice industry is maturing and the industry struc­ture is changing. Consumers now hold more power. There is industry consoli­dation and significant increases in aggregated purchasing by operators. Distributor profitability will increasingly be tied to supply chain efficiency. How will manufacturers and industry partners need to evolve to profit in 2020? Read the Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum executive summary to find out.

Is “fresh” a farce? New research provides fresh insights

Preliminary findings from new consumer research conducted by Datassential for IFMA's Consumer Planning Program members indicates that consumers are skeptical about the word "fresh" on the menu, and there are some requirements to use it in a compelling and convincing way.  

Trends in Specialty Beverages

Specialty beverages are moving through the menu adoption cycle faster than ever as more and more new items are introduced into the foodservice marketplace. At a July 2013 Chain Operator Forum, these trends were presented and discussed in an open forum with leading chain operators and foodservice manufacturers.

Discover ways to combat "Combo Meal" trend's sharp decline

Lunch and dinner combo meals purchases have been on the decline since 2007. This negative trend has resulted in average order size declines cutting into profit margins. NPD's latest report will give you the insight into what exactly is driving consumers away from combo meals and how it can be reversed.

May 19

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This Annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards event during NRA Week enables manufacturers to honor the nation's top operator talent. Annually, IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the celebration. This event affords the perfect opportunity to entertain operator customers. 

Jun 11

Navy Foodservice Ashore Solutions Conference

This conference is for all on-shore military personnel, affiliates and foodservice professionals including 100+ military, Department of Defense (DOD) and 50 food manufacturers. The event makes up an eclectic group of industry personnel. 

Aug 07

Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum

The annual IFMA Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum focuses on marketing and sales collaboration, providing these professionals the means to apply actionable insights and best practices to work together to improve both strategic planning and go-to-market execution. 

The program serves to unravel the complexities of the foodservice landscape, delivering powerful insights into the consumer, operator and distributor communities, as well as communicating how to best utilize the available tools for improved collaboration and tactical go-to-market execution.