• October 23, 2017

    Rep. Devin Nunes visits Saladino’s Foodservice

    Rep. Devin Nunes visits Saladino’s Foodservice

    On August 24, Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22) visited Saladino’s Foodservice in Fresno, CA. The Congressman met with Saladino’s leadership and Fresno Warehouse Operations team, topics included: the current driver shortage, tax reform and food safety. Rep. Nunes then toured the facility and was impressed with the product traceability advances through the GS1 initiatives and the recently upgraded warehouse management system. “Rep. Nunes always takes the time to learn as much as he can about our operation and the issues that negatively impact the industry. His office frequently checks in with us to ask additional questions and find out if there is any way they can be of assistance. When Rep. Nunes is in his district I know can count on him to be available to meet on any government issues. He is a tremendous asset to have as a business advocate,” said Craig Saladino, President & CEO.
  • October 17, 2017

    IFDA Announces Enhanced Focus on Disruptive Innovation and C-Suite Executive Summit at DSC 2018

    IFDA Announces Enhanced Focus on Disruptive Innovation and C-Suite Executive Summit at DSC 2018

    IFDA opened the 2017 IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference (DSC) with major announcements about the strategic direction of the organization. In front of a packed crowd, IFDA Vice President of Industry Relations, Brian Lynch announced an enhanced focus on innovation and disruptive technology at the 2018 DSC including an Innovation and Technology Pavilion on the show floor, an Innovation & Technology Track, and a keynote address from Ray Kurzweil, one of the world's leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists.  Additionally, IFDA announced the launch of a new C-Suite Executive Summit that will coincide with the DSC going forward. The 2018 DSC will take place October 28-30 in San Antonio, Texas.
  • October 11, 2017

    New Research Report Explores Independent Restaurant Market

    New Research Report Explores Independent Restaurant Market

    Today, IFDA released a new research report that explores current trends and outlook for the independent restaurant market. Inside the Mind of the Independent Restaurant Operator provides strategic insight into how the evolving landscape of independents affects foodservice distribution.
  • September 21, 2017

    The Best Drivers in Food Distribution Compete at 32nd Annual IFDA Truck Driving Championship

    The Best Drivers in Food Distribution Compete at 32nd Annual IFDA Truck Driving Championship

    "The IFDA Truck Driving Championship reinforces those aspects of safety that professional drivers do each and every day to keep America's roads safe," said Mark S. Allen, president and CEO of IFDA. "There is an amazing amount of comradery at the event."
  • September 13, 2017

    Rep. Brett Guthrie visits Reinhart Foodservice

    Rep. Brett Guthrie visits Reinhart Foodservice

    On August 31, Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-02) visited Reinhart Foodservice, L.L.C. in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Rep. Guthrie toured the facility and met a number of Reinhart employees, including warehouse and office staff. The Congressman also met with the Bowling Green leadership team to discuss topics relevant to the foodservice distribution industry, including safety, driver recruitment, Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations and child nutrition. “Rep. Guthrie’s visit gave us the opportunity to share how we can create more jobs for Kentuckians,” said Reinhart Division President Steve Minns. “He was interested to learn about Reinhart and our rich heritage.”
  • September 12, 2017

    IFDA Truck Driving Championship - Hurricane Irma Update

    IFDA Truck Driving Championship - Hurricane Irma Update

    We are happy to announce that the IFDA Truck Driving Championship is being held as scheduled.  Over the past 48 hours, IFDA has been working with our Orlando-based partners, all of which have advised us that they are prepared for our event.  The Disney Yacht & Beach Club and Epcot parking lot are in great shape and ready for the arrival of our guests.  We look forward to seeing you in Orlando on Friday. Please call the IFDA offices with any questions at (703) 532-9400. 
  • September 5, 2017

    Rep. Rick Allen visits Dot Foods, Inc.

    Rep. Rick Allen visits Dot Foods, Inc.

    On August 17, Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA) visited Dot Foods Inc, in Vidalia, GA. The Dot leadership team provided an overview of the foodservice distribution industry and a tour of the warehouse. Discussion topics during his visit included, labor markets, regulations, and healthcare. The group toured the new office building, break room, and the freezer dock area. “It was great to be able to show off our facility to the Congressman,” said Tim Truxel, General Manager of the Vidalia facility. Rep. Allen serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as well as the Agriculture Committee.
  • August 24, 2017

    Congressman David Young (R-IA) visits Sysco Iowa

    Congressman David Young (R-IA) visits Sysco Iowa

    The future of federal transportation policy, including the need to update laws allowing “twin 33s” to run on interstate highways, was discussed during a recent tour of Sysco Iowa by U.S. Congressman David Young. Congressman Young serves on the Transportation Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee and has been actively involved in transportation and infrastructure policy debates in Washington, D.C.
  • August 17, 2017

    Rep. Collin Peterson visits Reinhart Foodservice

    Rep. Collin Peterson visits Reinhart Foodservice

    On August 14, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) visited Reinhart Foodservice, L.L.C. in Marshall, MN. Reinhart’s Marshall leadership team presented an overview of the foodservice distribution industry and gave Rep. Peterson a tour of their 96,892 square foot facility.
  • August 1, 2017

    Top Trends in Food and Hospitality Revealed at IFDA SMart Conference

    Top Trends in Food and Hospitality Revealed at IFDA SMart Conference

    Jack Li of Datassential said “Fat is back,” citing Bulletproof coffee spiked with grass-fed butter as evidence of crossover into even beverages. Kathrynn Fenner of Technomic said “fresh and natural” took 45 percent of the pie among successful independents over other ingredient priorities like natural, local and even made-from-scratch. David Portalatin of NPD said there are a number of chains who leverage digital technology well, and pointed out that top chains like Jersey Mike’s, Panda Express, Chick-fil-A, Domino’s, Texas Roadhouse, Panera, Moe’s, and Starbucks are leading the digital revolution. In this article, chef and writer Amelia Levin shares takeaway from the 2017 IFDA SMart Conference and presentations by The NPD Group, Datassential, and Technomic.
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