IFDA members deliver to professional kitchens across America, and other places around the world. Our members include broadline, system, convenience, and specialty foodservice distributors that supply food and related products to restaurants, colleges and universities, hospitals and care facilities, hotels and resorts, and other foodservice operations. In the U.S. alone, foodservice distribution is a $300 billion industry and foodservice distributors deliver around 25 million cases of product every business day. Our members operate more than 800 facilities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world.
If you want to learn more about the International Foodservice Distributors Association — its mission, member composition, services, and products, our latest IFDA Report to Members is an excellence resource. The report is released every two years when the Officers of the IFDA Board of Directors changes.
IFDA Report to Members 2016
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What is a Foodservice Distributor?
Want to learn more about IFDA's Foodservice Distributors Members and how they help make eating out possible? IFDA has a brief article discussing the history of foodservice distribution, the segments our constituents serve, the scale of the industry, and more. To access the article, click here.
What We Do / Who We Are
The following provides a brief overview of areas in which IFDA dedicates resources, the role of our members in directing association efforts, and a brief history of IFDA.
The IFDA Board of Directors
The IFDA Board of Directors includes leaders from a broad cross-section of the industry from regional to international companies. The IFDA Board of Directors provides leadership on critical industry issues and sets priorities for the association to help members succeed. To see a current list of the IFDA Board of Directors, click here
Government Relations and Industry Relations
IFDA provides support through industry programs, government relations, and industry relations. IFDA's government relations efforts focus on Federal level legislative and regulatory issues, keeping members appraised of developments that will affect the industry and lobbying on behalf of the foodservice distribution community. IFDA's industry relations efforts include research and education efforts supporting the foodservice supply channel, representation in joint industry projects, and forums that allow foodservice distributors and suppliers to advance common initiatives.
Our Members Drive the Association
Members of IFDA are involved in association planning and execution. To make sure that executives are aware of appropriate activities applicable to their area of responsibility, IFDA asks for member company contacts in all major operational areas. In addition, industry executives from various disciplines serve on IFDA committees. These committees play an important role in developing education and in addressing industry priorities. To access a list of IFDA's committees, click here
A Brief History of IFDA
A group of food wholesalers concerned with advancing legislation to ensure food safety founded the NWGA (National Wholesale Grocers' Association). The association had two primary areas of interest: presenting food distributor views to government and serving as a social forum. There was, at that time, no technical services provided to members, and members provided little more to their customers than products for purchase.
Formed by food distributors from the Northeast and Midwest, NWGA merged with the American Wholesale Grocers' Association, a group serving mostly the Southeast. The new group was renamed the National-American Wholesale Grocers' Association (NAWGA).
NAWGA merged with the U.S. Wholesale Grocers Association and that organization's “Institutional Food Distributors of America (IFDA)” became NAWGA's foodservice division. As IFDA's membership expanded outside of the U.S., the name was changed to the International Foodservice Distributors Association.
The association's Board of Governors voted to adopt a new name, Food Distributors International (NAWGA/IFDA), which more directly described the overall membership of the association.
IFDA’s Board of Directors voted to establish a freestanding trade organization dedicated to the unique needs of foodservice distributors. IFDA began operations as an independent entity on January 1, 2003.
IFDA continues to diligently work to advance the interests of foodservice distributors through government relations, industry relations, education, and research. We exist to help our members succeed!