Operators and vendors join forces to set supply chain best practices

Foodservice supply chain company, HAVI, has joined with the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, food industry consultants at Kinetic12 and research company, Datassential to help develop what a news release said will be the first set of supply chain best practices for the restaurant industry, according to a news release.

The initiative will be guided by a board of industry operators from Arby’s, Brinker International, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Firehouse Subs, Focus Brands, Hooters, Potbelly, Sonic, Starbucks, Subway, Topper’s Pizza, Tropical Smoothie, Wendy’s, and Zaxby’s. The leaders from those concepts are currently working with foodservice manufacturers and distributors to tackle challenges impacting foodservice supply chains.

"The foodservice industry has a distinct advantage because all areas of the supply chain will truly collaborate and build best practices," IFMA CEO and President Larry Oberkfell said in a news release. "The goal of this initiative is to create best practices that drive sales by ensuring product in the right place, at the right time, in the right quantity."

This is the first industry-wide supply chain initiative supported by all major foodservice industry associations, the release said. Included groups in addition to IFMA are the International Foodservice Distributors Association, National Restaurant Association, National Council of Chain Restaurants, Foodservice Sales & Marketing Association and Global Standards One.

The group’s next working session will take place April 20 in Chicago. 

Topics: Business Strategy and Profitability, Customer Service / Experience, Equipment & Supplies, Food & Beverage, Food Safety

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