November 17, 2020

MCLEAN, VA.— As restaurants are again forced to limit business due to government mandates during the pandemic, The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) wants Congress and the Administration to realize that all levels of the foodservice industry are going to be severely impacted. The holidays are an important time of year to create income for the foodservice industry. Restrictions placed on restaurants in places such as Michigan, Washington, North Dakota and elsewhere are happening just as the holidays approach, when these businesses would otherwise be generating profits.
Mark S. Allen, President and CEO of IFDA gave the following statement Tuesday after more restrictions were announced:
“We’re disheartened that a second stimulus package is stalled, considering how vital this relief is to our economy and businesses, especially the foodservice industry. It appears that little effort is being made to protect and assist these small businesses just as they would otherwise be making much-needed income at the end of the year. Another round of restaurant closures and restrictions are devastating to the industry that was just beginning to rebound. Also, while the pandemic continues, the winter months, which will greatly impact outdoor dining, are likely to hurt worse than any in recent memory.”

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
Contact: Meghan Cieslak,, 703-962-9950

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