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. 



How can foodservice compete with grocery retailers?

Have you ever wanted to pick the brains of foodservice leaders? Here you will get candid answers to challenging questions from executives from Ben E. Keith, Panera Bread, Lyons Magnus, plus many more. This group brought their collective knowledge to The IFMA/IFDA Presidents Conference 2012 and the discussions are continued at to provide even greater insight.

Leaders answer tough questions on trading partner relationships, the future of foodservice and more

The IFMA/IFDA Presidents Conference 2012 was packed with candid dialogue between more than 21 panelists, including recognized executives from operator, distributor and manufacturer communities. Moderated by Bill Hale of The Hale Group, the hearty discussions led to a number of questions from the audience. Read on for real answers from the panelists.

Top 3 things operators want from manufacturers

Foodservice leaders from every corner of the industry - operators, distributor and manufacturers - came together at The IFMA/IFDA Presidents Conference 2012 to discuss critical issues facing channel partners. Their answers may surprise you.

Oberkfell shares perspective on GPOs and Foodservice in 2020

In October 2012, at the request of The Core Group (IFMA Associate Member), Larry Oberkfell, President and CEO, IFMA, attended a manufacturer partner meeting in Park City, Utah and moderated a business discussion as part of the gathering. Larry presented key insights on issues, such as GPOs and Foodservice 2020, which are affecting the entire industry.

Distributor of the Future Presentation

This presentation created by The Hale Group and presented at the IFMA Strategic Issues Series meeting June 19, 2012, provides a foundation of what will be presented by Bill Hale at the Marketing & Sales Leader's Forum "Distributor of the Future" presentation August 8, 2012.

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."