IFMA's 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.

This section provides a collection of resources addressing regulatory issues in the foodservice industry.

Washington Insights Update: Food Safety Modernization Act, Hunger-Free Kids Act & more

The Washington Insights initiative was launched in the fall of 2012 to provide timely information to IFMA members on government actions and their impacts on our industry. The Washington Insights Committee has identified four main areas from which the relevant policy developments are tracked, analyzed, and reported for the benefit of the broader IFMA membership.

Who will the FDA recognize to conduct food safety audits?

Food Safety Modernization Act - proposed rule would establish a program to recognize certification bodies that would provide accreditation to third-party auditors to conduct food safety audits and issue certifications of foreign food facilities.

How does the FDA define "Smart Snacks in School"?

USDA Food and Nutrition Service released an interim final rule to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools, other than food sold under the lunch and breakfast programs.

Your role to ensure foreign supplies must U.S. food safety standards

Food Safety Modernization Act - proposed rule would establish guidelines by which importers must verify that food products being imported from their foreign suppliers meet U.S. food safety standards.

Comment Period Open for "Smart Snacks in School"

The Obama administration released its long awaited nutritional guidelines for snack foods sold in schools. The comment period is open for 60 days before the rules are finalized for the next school year. Examples of what's in: Baked Potato Chips, Granola & Cereal Bars; Examples of what's out: Candy, Snack Cakes, Pretzels.

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."