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For the third consecutive year, The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) has recognized four foodservice chain operators through the COEX Innovation Awards. Among the winners this year is Wendy's International.
Also recognized were fast casual concepts Smashburger, Panera Bread and Noodles & Company.
The winners will receive their awards during IFMA's Chain Operators EXchange (COEX), March 3-6 at The Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas.
COEX Innovation Awards recognize regional and national chain companies that are "shaping the industry through innovation in culinary, operations, marketing and service." National and regional chains were nominated and voted on by IFMA members.
"The annual COEX Innovation Awards allow us to honor pioneering chain operators that make foodservice the exciting industry it is today," said Larry Oberkfell, president & CEO, IFMA. "This year we received more nominations than ever before, which speak volumes about the inventive work being done by the chain operator community."
2013 COEX Innovation winners are:
The 2013 COEX Innovation Awards are sponsored by Sargento Foods Inc. and Surlean Foods.
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