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“When you take the time to nominate somebody and they actually win, that’s great motivation to jump into the next year and really work to accomplish great things together. For me to have the opportunity to give that gift to one of my customers, it’s really special.”

Erin Buntin

Director of Foodservice Sales



Recognizing Talent Through Foodservice.

IFMA established award programs to recognize outstanding operators, manufacturers, distributors and associate partners. Join us in celebrating greatness through these exclusive industry awards!

Gold & Silver Plate Awards

IFMA's Gold & Silver Plate Awards pay tribute to the most outstanding and innovative talents in up to nine segments of foodservice operations. The winner of the Gold Plate award is announced at the annual Gold & Silver Plate Celebration.

Distributor Awards

The Distributor Awards, presented at IFMA's Presidents Conference, acknowledge distributor leadership and overall excellence within the foodservice industry. The awards demonstrate IFMA's appreciation for distributors' integral role in the foodservice channel.

COEX Innovation Awards

The COEX Innovation Awards recognize regional and national chain companies that are shaping the industry through innovation in culinary, operations, marketing and service. The winners are honored at IFMA's Chain Operators EXchange.

Sparkplug, Presidents, Key Person Awards

Sparkplug, Presidents and Key Person Awards are presented at IFMA's Presidents Conference. The recipients represent the most passionate and active professionals throughout the industry and IFMA's membership.