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Advocacy

Overview

IFDA is a proactive and vocal leader for our industry in the legislative arena and with regulatory agencies.

In addition to our advocacy work in Washington, IFDA keeps our members informed on how government policy impacts their business. 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.

Legislative and Regulatory

  • IFDA engages and educates U.S. lawmakers and federal agency officials to shape policy on priority issues affecting foodservice distribution.
  • IFDA leads and/or joins coalition efforts to expand visibility and reach on priority issues
Grassroots

IFDA helps members develop relationships with their lawmakers—and support IFDA advocacy efforts—by organizing:

Political 
(IFDAPAC)

Through IFDAPAC, IFDA enables foodservice distributors to speak with one voice in the political process by supporting incumbents and new candidates for federal office whose votes and/or positions align with the industry

State

  • IFDA informs members about state legislation and regulations affecting foodservice distributors
  • IFDA connects member companies with allied state organizations that may be able to assist in specific state advocacy efforts

Food Safety

Foodservice distributors provide food, beverages, and supplies to over one million professional kitchens daily. IFDA and its members are committed to delivering that food safely as well as to practical policies that advance food safety. As part of that goal, IFDA is actively involved in the implementation of Section 204 of the Food Safety Modernization Act, or what is known as the Traceability Rule.

Labor

Foodservice distributors operate 17,100 distribution centers and directly employ 431,000 employees in good-paying jobs. IFDA is actively involved in many workforce and labor issues in Congress and in federal agencies to support policies that provide stability and promote economic growth. In that regard, IFDA filed public comments on the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule and worker walkaround rule, and it is involved in working to repeal the National Labor Relations Board joint-employer rule. IFDA also partners with multiple coalitions on these issues, and more.

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trucker behind his truck

Transportation

Foodservice distributors operate over 135,000 delivery vehicles with an average distribution route of 219 miles. At IFDA, through targeted advocacy efforts, collaborative partnerships, and informed dialogue with policymakers, the Association has been instrumental in championing transportation policies that prioritize driver safety, training, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness. By staying at the forefront of legislative and regulatory discussions, IFDA ensures that the issues important to foodservice distributors are heard and integrated into the development of transportation policies, ultimately fostering an environment of safety, success, and growth. 

Taxes

Foodservice distribution is a $380 billion industry, and pro-business tax policies are crucial to economic growth. IFDA focuses on addressing tax policy changes that significantly impact our members. Recognizing the complexities of tax policy, IFDA continues to advocate for fair and pragmatic tax law. Additionally, IFDA participates in both the S-Corp Association and the Main Street Employers Coalition, which are two prominent and effective voices for businesses in Washington, D.C.

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Take Action

IFDA Provides vigilant representation in Washington and valuable grassroots opportunities that connect IFDA members with lawmakers. Find out more about the legislation that IFDA supports contact your lawmakers in the Legislative Action Center or learn how to setup a facility tour using the Advocacy Toolkit.