How Is Your Brand Being Talked About, Shared & Recommended Online?

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Social media is playing an ever-increasing role in today's marketing. To help marketers understand where and how individuals are talking about their brands*, Zócalo Group created the Digital Footprint Analysis (DFA). It's a proprietary qualitative research tool that can provide you with an in-depth look at where and how your brand is talked about.

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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.

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. 

Does Your Distribution Strategy Include Cash & Carry?

What should members consider when creating a distribution strategy?  What role could Cash & Carry play?  This was the focus of the most recent Strategic Issues Series: "Framework for a Distribution Strategy."  Under this umbrella, there was a deep dive into "Opportunities in Cash & Carry," with special guest Clark Pager from Restaurant Depot.

Making Sense Out of the Complexities of Foodservice

Doug Brooks, former CEO of Brinker (Chili's and Maggiano's), described several key foodservice industry trends and discussed how operators can respond to these trends at Chain Operators Exchange, COEX. In this environment of marketplace mayhem, the challenge for restaurants is to adapt and improve without losing sight of their brand's core values.


Learnings From The 2013 Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum

IFMA's annual Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum connected foodservice marketing, sales, division management and insights professionals with renowned experts who addressed ways to improve internal and external collaboration to drive success - and much more. The event was hosted by PepsiCo Foodservice at Frito-Lay Worldwide Headquarters in Plano, Texas, the conference was packed with insights and best practices for execution. Check out the highlights in this informative presentation. 

Jack Li On "The New Foodservice Landscape"

Being a part of the foodservice industry means having a constant hunger for valuable insights into consumer behavior. In this executive summary from Presidents Conference 2013, Datassential's Jack Li explains how understanding consumer "eater types" and dining occasions is changing our view of the foodservice landscape. 

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.  

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.