Manufacturer members are defined as companies that manufacture, grow, or package products for the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. This includes companies who specialize in food, beverage, equipment, chemicals, ingredients, and/or packaging. 

 

IFMA helps manufacturer members be more successful by providing networking opportunities, industry insights and training, access to unique research and data, and participation in industry-change initiatives.

 

Manufacturer Membership Will Be In Three Tiers

 

Starting in January 2024, IFMA Manufacturer membership will be structured in a new tiered approach. We are creating the tiers to allow for flexibility and customization so members may choose to move up a tier through additional dues payment and access more IFMA benefits. Below is an overview of the tiers. If you want more detailed information click the plus sign next to the each tier in the section below. 

 

 

Tier I

Standard membership which includes everything that manufacturer members get pre-2024. Dues are based on an IFMA Membership Calculator that uses company food-away-from-home sales to set annual rates.

Benefits include:

Ability to attend conferences
  • Members will have ability to register for all IFMA conferences and events at the manufacturer member- rate. This includes member-only events such as Presidents Conference and COEX.
Access to IFMA Scope® (basic)
  • All individuals within member companies will have access to the Operator Landscape portion of IFMA Scope, including information on segment forecasts, operator and consumer spend, dayparts, sourcing, and influencers. Members will also have the ability to download this information into Excel or PowerPoint.
Access to Web Content
  • All individuals within member companies will have access to all webinars, whitepapers, research, video, and other insights and best practices that reside on IFMAworld.com.
Access to Webinars
  • Access to all webinars hosted on IFMA’s platform, available to all individuals within member organizations.
Member-pricing for Trainings
  • Preferred member pricing for training classes including Foodservice Fundamentals and other curriculum to be developed.
Committee Participation
  • Ability to assign one individual to planning committees of IFMA’s programs, including:
    • Marketing & Sales Conference
    • COEX
    • Gold & Silver Plate Awards
    • Presidents Conference
Monthly Newsletter
  • All individuals at member company have access to IFMA’s monthly newsletter, providing key updates on the association and the industry.
Discounts for Industry Project Outputs*
  • As part of the cross-industry initiative that IFMA will lead, outputs will be made available to the industry. IFMA members in this tier will have the opportunity to purchase these deliverables at a member discount.
Listed on Member Directory*
  • Organizations will be able to search the IFMA member directory and list their company name, website URL, and contact information on the directory and also search for other IFMA members.
*Under Development
Tier II
Tier I + $5,000

Enhanced membership which includes everything in Tier I plus additional benefits.

Benefits include:

Everything in Tier I PLUS:

Full IFMA Scope®

  • In addition to having access to the Operator Landscape portion of IFMA SCOPE, all individuals within member companies will have access to the full tool, including the segments and markets portion of the portal, enabling them to access segment-specific information and information on all 211 designated market areas (DMAs).

Go-to-Market Share Group

  • Tier II manufacturer members will be able to participate in a share group that fosters discussion around current and future go-to-market challenges and opportunities.

IFMA Training Support on How to Use Tools

  • Participate in meetings with operators, distributors, and subject matter experts to develop solutions to pressing industry issues (e.g., food waste, supply chain optimization, etc.)
  • Acknowledgement on the final deliverables of the initiative.
  • IFMA members in this tier will have the opportunity to purchase these deliverables at a member discount.

Opportunity to Participate in Next Gen Execs Program

  • IFMA Next Gen Execs is a nomination-based program that provides executive leaders the opportunity to identify and provide high potential leaders with meaningful connectivity and engagement in the industry. Members in Tier II will have the ability to nominate up to three individuals within their company to participate in this program.

IFMA Industry project participation*

  • Tier II members will have access to IFMA staff to aid in the use of its tools, including IFMA Scope, the website, membership directory, etc. Each Tier II member will be able to schedule an annual training call to review all IFMA resources.

Enhanced Listing & Engagement with Member Directory*

  • Organizations will be able to list their company name, website url, and contact information on the IFMA member directory.
  • Organizations will be able to post promotional information on the directory.

*Under Development

Tier III

Tier I + $10,000


Highest level of engagement which includes everything in Tier II plus additional benefits.


Benefits include:

Everything in Tier II PLUS:


Consumer Planning Program

  • IFMA's Consumer Planning Program   (CPP) works to understand consumer and operator behavior and what manufacturers can do to influence decision-making. Intended for insights and/or marketing leaders, members will have access to monthly committee calls, have the ability to steer research direction, participate in an annual in-person meeting, and will receive the final report covering consumer and operator attitudes, as chosen by the committee.

Training Bundle

  • Complimentary Foodservice Fundamentals for 2 employees (on-demand)
  • Complimentary access to on-demand national account sales trainings for five employees
  • Opportunities for discounted pricing for future trainings

IFMA Industry Project Participation & Outputs

  • Participate in meetings with operators, distributors, and subject matter experts to develop solutions to pressing industry issues (e.g., food waste, supply chain optimization, etc.)
  • Acknowledgement on the final deliverables of the initiative. All members in this tier will receive the final deliverable outputs as part of their benefit package.

Exclusive Networking Opportunities*

  • Access to early reception with operators at Presidents Conference and COEX.

Invitation to Participate in Inaugural IFMA Initiatives

  • Ability to participate in and/or sponsor new opportunities/events as they present themselves.

*Under Development

 

 

How are my 2024 dues calculated?   

Manufacturer member dues are based on an IFMA Membership Dues Calculator that uses company size to set annual dues. The calculator has been updated  for the first time in over a decade  to simplify the dues calculation in alignment with the benenfit packages available. Based on the calculation, all manufacturer members will be placed into Tier I, with the opportunity to “Level Up” to Tier II or Tier III.

 

 

For more on IFMA’s long-range plan, see the "Level Up 2027: A New Path Forward for IFMA" report for details. 

See the Level Up: 2027 Plan Now >>

 

 

Interested in joining the food-away-from-home evolution? Contact our membership team at  membership@ifmaworld.com