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About the COEX Innovation Awards

The COEX Innovation Awards recognize national and regional chain operators in two categories: one for culinary/operations and another for marketing/service. Winners are selected by IFMA membership, and the winners are honored at IFMA’s Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) February 18-20 in New Orleans.


Why Nominate?

The Innovation Awards present an outstanding opportunity to recognize excellence within the chain operator community. Nominating an operator has no cost, yet its value is immense.

Helping professionals gain recognition for their hard work is one of the more rewarding aspects of nominating a company for an Innovation Award. These awards are motivating and encourage long-term innovation with multi-unit regional and national accounts.


Benefits When Your Nominee Wins!

Building Customer Relations: Winning candidates are honored during one of IFMA’s biggest events of the year, COEX. An exclusive video documenting each winner’s accomplishments is shown at the conference. What better way is there to go above and beyond and show your very best customers how much you care about them?

Gain Industry-Wide Exposure: If your nominee wins an award, your company’s name will be presented along with the winner in front of an audience of executive-level decision-makers who represent chain operators, manufacturers, distributors and other industry partners. In addition, nominating companies will also be included in a host of other promotions, which include: an industry media announcement, social media outreach, articles on IFMA’s website, inclusion in awards promo materials presented to winners, media coverage and more.

Advocate for the Industry: COEX Innovation Awards provide an opportunity to showcase how the foodservice industry continues to bring excellence to operators, while also creating appealing options for consumers to enjoy..

The nomination process is quick and easy – it takes less than 10 minutes to complete! 

Nominate Now

The nomination deadline is November 16, 2018.