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The IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) is the foodservice industry’s only conference truly by operators, for operators. With an agenda built by a committee of 30+ chains of all sizes, the program delivers real-time, pertinent insights and best practices that leaders can use to shape their businesses. Through inspiring keynotes, lively collaborative discussions and focused breakout content, COEX provides unmatched content for leaders within supply chain, culinary, marketing, and executive management. Join us in New Orleans for the opportunity to immerse yourself in the city’s rich and thriving culinary scene with new exciting experiences and the richest, most relevant content available.

Who Attends

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

What Attendees Are Saying

“As a midsize supplier it was great to sit with operators of varied size, scope, and concepts to discuss how they evaluate new items, go through their ideation process, and hear what's important to them from their suppliers. The breakouts were pertinent, informative, very much on point with current challenges and changes in the industry.”

- Michael Beaudry, National Director of Foodservice, V&V Supremo Foods


"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."

- Ed Malloy, Director of Purchasing, Torchy's Tacos