IFDA Research

Through IFDA's research distributors get insights and information to make better business decisions and better understand how their companies are performing.



Foodservice Driver Recruitment and Retention: A Guide to Challenges and Best Practices

Driver recruitment and retention continues to be of critical concern to the foodservice distribution industry. To help foodservice distributors navigate this challenge, IFDA and Emily Moscato, PhD, of Saint Joseph’s University, collaborated to produce a white paper titled Foodservice Driver Recruitment and Retention: A Guide to Challenges and Best Practices. It brings together perspectives f... Full Story

IFDA Economic Report - 4th Quarter 2017

This members-only report provides macro-economic trends and projections that assist IFDA members with business planning. Collaborating with IFDA on this project is ITR Economics, which has proven expertise in predicting economic trends, helping companies “see around corners, and a firm whose economists have deep knowledge of distribution. IFDA provides these quarterly reports in order to: ... Full Story

2017 IFDA Hourly Compensation Survey

The 2017 IFDA Hourly Compensation Survey, conducted by Paradox Compensation Advisors, is designed to give foodservice distributors valuable pay comparison data. The survey revealed that average wages for foodservice distribution employees are highly competitive and surpass those of many other occupations for U.S. workers. Thirty-nine companies participated in the survey, covering 376 facilit... Full Story

Inside the Mind of the Independent Restaurant Operator

The independent restaurant market is doing well, but there are significant challenges on the horizon. Do you know how to help independent operators position themselves – and yourself – for future growth?   This new IFDA-sponsored report provides strategic insight into how the changing landscape of independents affects foodservice distribution. Understanding their challenges, opp... Full Story