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IFMA Foodservice Fundamentals™

The industry’s premier training on the basics of foodservice.  

This in-depth course is designed for those new to the industry or anyone needing a refresher on how food moves from manufacturers to operators in the United States.  


During this course, you'll learn how foodservice works, hear perspectives directly from the operator, and complete knowledge retention assessments along the way! 


The course curriculum includes:

  • A deep dive into foodservice definitions and structure
  • Basics of the foodservice value chain
  • A focus on restaurant segments
  • The role of retail foodservice and on-site categories


At the end of the course, each attendee will receive a personal certificate of completion.


Choose the class format that fits your schedule: 



Several times a year, Fundamentals is offered in a face-to-face classroom setting. It’s a full day, with lunch, giving attendees the opportunity to ask their questions and hear feedback from peers as well.


Bring the classroom directly to attendees. They get the full course on their schedule, hear perspectives directly from operators, and complete knowledge retention assessments. All information from the course is also offered in PDF format. 

Customized Course

Let IFMA know you’d like to have the course tailored to your company. We’ll come to you! Contact programs@ifmaworld.com for a customized course for your business. 


Questions about the course may be directed to programs@ifmaworld.com