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. 



The Operator Collaboration Model and FSnavigator

The foodservice industry has seen some challenging times. But a group of leading operators, manufacturers and industry experts have come together to create new frameworks and processes to better serve the consumer and improve industry wide collaboration.

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.

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."