Supply Chain Optimization Model

In early 2017, IFMA announced that it had joined forces with Kinetic12, a food industry management consulting firm, to establish and develop the first ever best practices for foodservice supply chain optimization.

This initiative, which builds off IFMA’s existing collaboration best practice – Operator Collaboration Model (OCM) – will benefit the entire foodservice supply chain; manufacturers, chain operators, and distributors. A key component in the success of this effort will be the Development Board comprised of industry experts.

IFMA and Kinetic12 will oversee the Development Board and will work in conjunction with supply chain management expert HAVI, and Datassential, a leading research company, to provide a unique collaborative opportunity for manufacturers and distributors to work directly with operators. The purpose of this new best practice is to solve today’s most pressing supply chain challenges for both core menu and limited time offer (LTO) products.

 Read more about the Supply Chain Optimization initiative.

Supply Chain Optimization (SCO) Board Participants

The Power of Collaboration for Wendy’s/QSCC

Krista Pohlman, Sr. Director of Program Management at Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-op, was integral in the development of IFMA’s Operator Collaboration Model and Joint Business Planning best practice. Learn why she and her organization became involved with IFMA’s best practice collaboration model and advice for how others can get involved.

 

Optimizing the Supply Chain for FOCUS Brands

In order to optimize the supply chain for six brands, Rich Kamph, SVP of Global Supply Chain for FOCUS Brands, felt it was important to engage the Operator Collaboration Model with his supplier partners to develop common understanding and expectations. Read more about how his organization is adopting IFMA’s best practice model.

Key Themes in Effective Foodservice Operator / Manufacturer Excellence

Ideally, everyone in the restaurant business aspires to excellence.
But what excellence means in various functional areas differs, and the challenges that professionals face as they aspire to excellence reflects a balancing act: Culinarians must create menu items that engage customers, reflect their brand identity, and can be delivered on. In marketing, excellence requires staying true to the brand and ensuring the brand stays relevant to consumers. In supply chain management, cost-effective and seamless delivery of what is needed when it is needed is an element of excellence. Learn what industry experts serving both regional and chain operators  in a variety of job functions emphasized at IFMA COEX 2015.

Jun 12

Navy Foodservice Ashore Solutions Conference

This conference is for all on-shore military personnel, affiliates and foodservice professionals including 100+ military, Department of Defense (DOD) and 50 food manufacturers. The event makes up an eclectic group of industry personnel. 

May 20

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This Annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards event during NRA Week enables manufacturers to honor the nation's top operator talent. Annually, IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the celebration. This event affords the perfect opportunity to entertain operator customers. 

Jun 15

2017 June Foodservice Fundamentals

The foodservice industry is evolving. Get an updated understanding of how by attending the IFMA Foodservice Fundamentals™. This series is proven to help those new to foodservice by breaking down the complexities of the industry. This premier accelerated training program will highlight multiple topics including industry basics, trading partner dynamics, segment & channel nuances and consumer-based trends and insights.