IFDA Government Relations

IFDA works on Capitol Hill as the industry's voice on federal policy. We also keep our members informed about legislation and regulation that will impact foodservice distributors.

IFDA dedicates resources to make sure lawmakers and agencies in Washington understand the impact of their actions on distributors. IFDA also keeps our members informed about government policy, provides grassroots leadership to connect our members with Congress, and is a valuable resource to our members when they face a challenge from government.

In addition to direct lobbying, IFDA also represents distributor interests through coalition work, and provides IFDA members with information and resources to understand government policy affecting their business.


10.31.17 The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a stay of the trailer portion of the Phase II Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulation. The rules, the first-ever on trailer efficiency, were to be phased in beginning in 2018 with requirements around automatic tire inflation devices and low rolling resistance tires. The stay comes in response to a lawsuit filed by the Truck and Trailer Manufacturers Association. EPA had previously announced a reexamination of the trailer rules but the agency had not delayed the implementation of the requirement. For more information, contact IFDA Government Relations.

10.30.17 The effective tax rate is the best route to tax reform according to IFDA President & CEO Mark Allen. In a recent Washington Times Op-Ed, Allen contends that Congress should focus on the effective tax rate. Full story

9.26.17 The Senate confirmed William Emanuel to fill the final seat on the National Labor Relations Board. His confirmation now gives Republican appointees a 3-2 edge on the Board but only for a short time. Board Chairman Phil Miscimarra’s term expires in December meaning another candidate will need to be nominated and confirmed.  The President has also nominated Peter Robb to replace outgoing Board General Counsel Richard Griffin whose term expires in November. For more information, contact IFDA government relations.