Our legacy lies in Germany

Institute of Culinary Arts

The “ICA” , the Institute of Culinary Arts and it´s foundation, is after its establishment in 2006 the leading executive foodservice industry network in Germany.

Executive Network

The ICA Executive Network is a strong community of over 350 members, which sets standards as a network platform.

Guiding principles

The ICA Executive Network promotes and connects people, with the aim of carrying the responsibility for our nutrition. We oversee socially relevant issues from gastronomy, culinary arts and commerce.

ICA Foundation

The “ICA Foundation”, as a higher body, defines and steers the relevant issues. It never loses sight of what is most important: the future. The ICA Foundation works charitably and promotes integration and inclusion.

Our goals

By listening to our current ICA members in Germany and many talks within our global network we
identified greater demand and need for cross boarder and cross channel connectivity within the
away of home foodservice industry. About our first foreign offices as bridgeheads, we will be a powerful player in all relevant markets, through which we become the leading executive network in the food service industry worldwide.
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Why go international?

Global convergence

A high degree of global convergence is increasingly apparent to the foodservice industry. ICA International will deliver a true global platform for industry executives within the foodservice industry.

Longterm success

We will connect thought leaders and their corporate entreprises to explore answers for the most important questions for the future of our industry. We know that skilled leadership is essential for survival and longterm success. We will customize executive training that advances foodservice leaders and shapes industry innovators.


According to the DNA of the German ICA network, learning from each other is an opportunity to take valuable know-how from international regions and markets for your own business.

Globalization is key

Exploring new markets and tiering down walls of old school silo and therefore traditional channel thinking by using the synergies of different global organizations by ramping up a cross channel and cross border network is the ultimate goal of ICA International.

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

Seizing new opportunities

Know how

We provide a global trend and best practice radar via a yearly report to our ICA International members

New Business

We know the right go-to companies in our regions as well as market insights to support new market entries


ICA International members will be able to participate at dedicated physical international network events and study tours. We provide a match-making platform.


ICA International members will be offered to participate at dedicated executive learning modules via the ICA Executive Education Program. Exclusive ICA International education programs will be offered to all hierachy levels via the ICA International Academy.

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We provide a true global platform for new business opportunities for the financial betterment of our ICA International members


Citing today's channel-blurred environment for the foodservice industry — from grocery restaurant initiatives to gas station food to go and delivery initiatives — we are pointing out that for the foodservice operators and suppliers their experience and know how is asked globally more than ever before. The new foodservice initiatives from start ups and non traditional foodservice players can either been seen as "disruptors” or as potential partners. As they are now, increasingly so, direct competitors and/or customers to traditional foodservice operators/suppliers we want to provide a neutral platform to meet and discuss the future of our industry and their endless opportunites.


Tearing down still existing walls between former separated sales channels and country borders to gaining faster learning curve effects and improve the knowledge of nowadays much faster changing consumer behavior is therefore the ICA International mission.

Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.

Chairman ICA International

Please do not hesitate to contacting me for applying for the regional membership nomination process.

Global Executive Council

ICA International Regional Directors

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Contact us

ICA International: Contact Us
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