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About IFMA COEX 2023 

Everybody is talking about the new business environment and what consumers are looking for in the food-away-from-home space. We recognize the desire to elevate the experience – for your guests and your team. At COEX, we’ll be elevating the experience for YOU by providing exciting new ideas and solutions to address the range of new challenges in the marketplace. 


By Operators, For Operators 


The IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) is the food-away-from-home industry’s only conference truly developed by operators, for operators. With an agenda built by a committee of 40+ chains of all sizes, the program will elevate your experience with unexpected insights and proven best practices. 


Who Attends

  • Senior leaders & decision-makers representing national and regional chains
  • Operator leaders in culinary, marketing, insights and supply chain
  • Manufacturer leaders in culinary, marketing, sales and insights
  • Industry partners/providers

“My first experience at COEX far exceeded my expectation of allowing the opportunity to meet operators and lay the foundation for long-term, trusted relationships.”

- Jill Nordby, National Account Manager,  Reser's Fine Foods


“Overall, the event was beneficial to our networking initiatives and listening to the testimonials and presentations from the variety of operators who participated. We established a number a new relationship and planted the seed for future growth opportunities. Looking forward to engaging with IFMA and participating in future events.”

- Fernando Penuela, Meristem Packaging


"IFMA COEX is an outstanding mix of operators, manufacturers and industry experts in a concise, focused content rich format. I found the presentations extremely helpful and enjoyed the accessibility of the various industry leaders."

- Van Sullivan, Executive Director and COO, Stony Brook University Auxiliary Corporation


"This was my first COEX attendance. It was extremely well organized, a wide variety of topics were discussed and one can attend educational sessions of their choice. There were numerous opportunities to meet and speak with fellow operator attendees and reach out to the supplier attendees at the various social functions."

- Director of Purchasing, Torchy's Tacos