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Government Resources

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Bureau of Labor Statistics: Data on employment, wages, wholesale food and commodity price inflation, menu and grocery store price inflation, and more.

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Consumer Price Index (BLS, released second Wednesday of each month)

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Monthly employment data (BLS, released first Friday of each month)

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Producer Price Index (BLS, released second Tuesday of each month)

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U.S. Census Bureau: Data on retail and eating-and-drinking place sales, and more.

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U.S. Census Bureau: Data on US population composition and demographics.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Food price outlook.

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U.S. Energy Information Administration : Data on energy trends and prices.

Trade Associations

American Transportation Research Institute

Engaged in critical transportation studies and operational tests, including traffic congestion, hours-of-service, automonous vehicle technology, etc.

American Trucking Associations

Produces reports, trends and statistics on the trucking industry.

International Foodservice Manufacturers Association

Provides research and insight on the foodservice supply chain and manufacturing industry.


Produces research, publications, case studies and more related to material handling.

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

Produces resources for the broader wholesale distribution industry.

National Restaurant Association

Provides restaurant industry and consumer research on a number of topics, including menu, technology and economic trends.

NextGen Trucking

A non-profit association that promotes trucking as a positive career field and creates programs that encourage CDL and Diesel Technician training.

Warehousing Education & Research Council

A professional organization focused on logistics management and its role in the supply chain.

Women in Trucking

A non-profit organization focusing on gender diversity in the transportation industry.

Industry Research and Consulting Firms


Market intelligence research on foodservice industry. Formerly NPD Group.


Market research for the food industry, including trends and menu analysis.


Research and insights into various industry verticals, including foodservice, wholesale and distribution.


Consulting firm with industry insight.

Sage Policy Group

Economic intelligence that helps you make business decisions. Produces IFDA Monthly Economic Update.


Consumer and industry research on foodservice. Produces quarterly briefs for IFDA.

Allied Member Sponsored Content Guidelines

Guideline #1

Materials must be free, open-source links on your company website (i.e. no login or forms required to access the resource). Alternatively, we can accept PDF documents to host on our website with the option to put them behind the member wall if you want them available only to IFDA distributor members.

Guideline #2

Materials must provide information/education/solutions to common distributor challenges and opportunities.

Guideline #3

White papers and case studies are preferred, providing a broader perspective than a single-product solution.

Guideline #4

Marketing pieces, sales sheets and company news releases are not accepted.

Guideline #5

Materials may not include product/service pricing or discounts.

Guideline #6

Submitting company must own the content.

Guideline #7

Materials must contain a publishing date; only items published in 2021-2024 are accepted.