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. 



Leading operators on innovation, sustainability and supplier relationships

Find out what leading foodservice operators had to say on innovation, sustainability and managing supplier relationships at COEX 2013.

Bennigan's, Del Taco & Zinga Frozen Yogurt on driving consumer traffic

Foodservice operators from across the country came together at COEX 2013 to discuss ways to drive new revenue at their foodservice establishments. Find out what their outlooks are on ways to bring in new customers.

Strategies for Restaurants to Grow in the Hourglass Economy

The American middle class traditionally powered consumer spending. But unyielding economic pressures have continued to shift purchasing power away from the middle, creating an hourglass economy, and there is very good reason to believe that this trend isn't likely to change anytime soon. 

Datassential's New C-Store Report

Convenience Store Foodservice is booming and C-Store operators are more motivated than ever to develop full-fledged foodservice programs to rival QSRs and fast-casual restaurants. Datassential's latest report, Foodservice Strategies: C-Stores, offers insight into this hot trend: where it's been, where it's headed, and how it's going to get there.

How will changing demographics impact foodservice?

Get inside the heads of industry power players from Rich Products, Sodexo, Gordon Food Service and more. A group of foodservice leaders examined the changes influencing the foodservice business model and relationships with trading partners. Find out what they had to say.

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."