February 2, 2021

IFDA Statement on the Confirmation of U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg
Secretary Buttigieg can provide leadership on issues facing foodservice distributors, including the driver shortage and pandemic response.

MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 2, 2021 — Mark S. Allen, President and CEO of the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA), congratulates Secretary Pete Buttigieg on his confirmation.
 
“We look forward to working with Secretary Buttigieg on the pressing transportation issues facing our nation,” Allen said. “In particular, a challenge counterintuitive during a period of high unemployment—a significant driver shortage.  Foodservice distributors, faced with a growing demand for CDL drivers, are currently hamstrung by an arbitrary age requirement prohibiting interstate driving and thus prioritizing age over qualifications. Fortunately, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed a pilot program that studies this issue. We look forward to working with Secretary Buttigieg to support pro-transportation policies that provide the flexibility needed for our industry to ensure a safe and efficient foodservice supply chain for our customers, which include hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.”

About IFDA
The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) is the premier trade organization representing the $303 billion foodservice distribution industry and the 350,000 people it employs. This industry ensures a safe and efficient supply of food and products to more than one million restaurants and foodservice outlets in the U.S. every day. For more information, visit www.ifdaonline.org.
 
Contact: Meghan Cieslak, mcieslak@ifdaonline.org, 703-962-9950

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