January 14, 2021

The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) today announced the formation of a Diversity and Inclusion Committee which will encourage and support foodservice distribution companies as they build more equitable and inclusive workplaces. The committee will provide education and resources to assist foodservice distributors in positioning the industry as an employer of choice to an increasingly diverse workforce.
 
“Research shows a diversity of perspectives is linked with better decision-making and problem-solving, as well as increased innovation and creativity,” said Syndee Stiles – committee chairwoman and VP, Procurement, McLane Foodservice, Inc. “I am honored to work with this committee of leading distributors and serve as the chair of the committee to help the industry elevate and expand our current efforts and programs.” 

A commitment to a diversified, inclusive workforce will assist foodservice distributors as they serve an increasingly diverse customer base and will also support the recruitment and retention of a younger workforce. The committee is creating education and resources that address the need for more equitable and inclusive practices and will supplement its efforts with implementation tools and resources.
 
“An industry-wide commitment to diversity and inclusion in recruitment and advancement will position foodservice distributors to thrive in an increasingly challenging labor environment,” said Mark S. Allen, President & CEO of IFDA. “We are proud to launch our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and lead real, measurable change.”
 
Additional committee members include:

  • Allen Bacon, HR, Director, Ace Endico
  • Diane M. Chandler, Executive Vice President, Martin Bros. Distributing Co., Inc.
  • Khumbo Croft, North American Director- Talent Development, Diversity & Engagement, Gordon Food Service
  • Barbarella Diaz, Executive Vice President, Community Affairs, Diaz Wholesale & Manufacturing Co., Inc.
  • Jan Farve, HR Director., Merchants Foodservice
  • Joyce Lamilla, Director Business Development & Nutrition Services, Ben E. Keith Co.
  • Jane Manion, SVP, Human Resources, Performance Foodservice
  • Elizabeth “Betsy” Miles, VP, Operational Merchandising, Sysco, Corp.
  • Anita M. Montgomery, Chief Financial Officer, Dot Foods, Inc.
  • Jackie Oakes, Senior Marketing Manager, Flanagan Foodservice Inc.
  • Suzanne K. Rajczi - Chief Executive Officer, Ginsberg's Foods, Inc.
  • W. Elliott Stephenson, VP, Employee Development and Engagement, Ben E. Keith Foods
  • John Walsh, Director, Compliance, Ace Endico
  • Debra Winter, Executive Vice President, Legacy Foodservice Alliance

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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