Seafood distributors net another ally in IFDA
Apr 10, 2003 12:00 PM, from staff and wire reportsThe International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) has added its voice to four other food and logistics trade associations by joining the American Seafood Distributors Association (ASDA), both organizations announced April 10.
Representing foodservice distributors throughout the United States, Canada, and internationally, IFDA advocates the interests of the foodservice distribution community on Capitol Hill, said David French, IFDA’s senior vice-president of government relations.
“Customer choice is a high priority in the foodservice trade, and foodservice distributors need the ability to freely source high-quality, fresh products,” said French. “For that reason, IFDA opposes barriers to free trade and is the primary reason we have joined ASDA.”
One issue currently facing the food industry is the attempt by the Southern Shrimp Alliance to curtail imports of shrimp.
“Foodservice distributors are part of a complex global food supply chain that supply products to virtually any meals-away-from-home operation—from military bases and schools to restaurants and resorts,” said John M Gray, president and chief executive officer of IFDA. “Disruption to the orderly flow of commerce hurts consumers. We fully support ASDA’s mission in working to ensure free and fair trade of all seafood products.”