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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 the training, registrants learn how foodservice works, hear operator perspectives, and ensure engagement and understanding by passing knowledge retention assessments along the way.  


The course curriculum includes:


  • A deep dive into foodservice definitions and structure 
  • Basics on the foodservice value chain 
  • A focus on restaurant segments 
  • An overview 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. 


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Registrants take the full course digitally on their schedule. Attendees hear perspectives directly from operators, and complete knowledge retention assessments. All information from the course is also offered in PDF format.  


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Customized Course

IFMA educators conduct the course on-site after working with companies directly to tailor materials to specific business needs. Attendance size is up to the company – five to a hundred! Consider tying the course to existing company meetings and save on staff travel expenses.  


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