Thank you for visiting the Rhode Island Food Dealers Association website. The Association was established in 1909 and today it continues to foster the same mission. The Rhode Island Food Dealers Association is committed to serving the food industry through education, member services and by providing a unified voice for the industry before state and national government, thereby benefiting the industry with knowledge, strength and fellowship.

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The RI Food Dealers is a proud member of the the RI Business RI Alliance for Business Resilience!

The Rhode Island Alliance for Business Resilience (the Alliance) is a self-governed public-private partnership focused on improving the resilience of Rhode Island businesses and local communities.

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Click here to see the latest FDA recalls and safety alerts!

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Retail Member of the Month

Dave’s Fresh Marketplace has established an outstanding reputation for quality products and superior customer service. This distinguished quality and service dates back to 1969 when Dave Cesario opened a small roadside fruit and vegetable stand originally called Dave’s Fruitland.

Over the past 40 years Dave’s has grown into the largest independent grocery chain in Rhode Island. We have only our Excellent Employees and Customers to thank for this accomplishment.

We invite you to explore the fresh and delicious foods available at Dave’s Fresh Marketplace: Bakery, Butcher Shop, Cheese, Deli, Floral, Produce, Natural / Organics, Seafood and Specialty Foods.

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Distributor/Supplier Member of the Month

C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., based in Keene, N.H., is the largest privately-held wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. and the industry leader in supply chain innovation. Founded in 1918 as a supplier to independent grocery stores, we now service customers of all sizes, supplying more than 7,700 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases and institutions with over 140,000 different products.

C&S plays an integral role in serving our country’s most important infrastructure. No matter where we spend our day — from the warehouse to the office — we help to feed our families, neighbors and communities. It’s more than a job. It’s a legacy.

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New Member of the Month

Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation, the largest state-chartered bank headquartered in Rhode Island, and one of the Northeast’s premier financial services companies. Washington Trust offers a comprehensive range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage banking, personal banking, and wealth management and trust services through our offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

In 2015, Washington Trust was recognized by Forbes as one of “America’s 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies,” and has been named one the “Best Places To Work” in Rhode Island by Providence Business News for eight consecutive years

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2020 RIFDA TRADE DAY!

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020

AT KIRKBRAE COUNTRY CLUB IN LINCOLN, RI!

Click here for the 2020 RIFDA Trade Day Registration Form!

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PAST EVENTS

RIFDA 2019 Annual Meeting and Holiday Gala  

Saturday, November 23, 2019

The 2019 Rhode Island Food Dealers Association Annual Meeting & Holiday Gala was held this year at the Newport Marriott in Newport, Rhode Island on November 23, 2019. The evening was very well received and very well attended. This event brings RIFDA members together in a festive holiday environment.  The location was wonderful, the food was great, and the grand raffle and door prizes continue to get bigger and better each year.  The music by Bob Tomassone was also very entertaining throughout the cocktail reception and the dinner.  The event was a true success thanks to the Rhode Island Food Dealers Association’s members.  Their support throughout the year is what makes these events happen.

The evening was inspired by a rustic fall theme. The evening was energetic and the ambiance was full of cheer and smiles.  Fun and joy filled the cool November air.

The evening’s schedule started with a cocktail hour and entertainment at 5:30 PM, followed by the Annual Meeting at 7:00 PM. Steve Arthurs, President of RIFDA, gave an overview of the RIFDA’s activities and goals. At the end of the Annual Meeting, scholarship awards were distributed to the winning applicants. This year, RIFDA awarded four $1,000 scholarships to: Constantine Coclin (Coclin Associates), Amanda Lemos (Dave’s Marketplace), Cristofer Santilli (Dave’s Marketplace) and Joseph Sirr (Stop & Shop).

This excitement was followed by the installation of the appointed Officers and Board of Directors.  A surf and turf dinner was served at 7:30 PM. The Newport Marriott did an exceptional job with dinner. The room was full and the guests enjoyed a delectable dinner in an ambient setting.

Coming up next was the centerpiece drawing, door prize raffle, and then the grand prize raffle. The Grand Prize Raffle consisted of 5 packages full of marvelous prizes: a Weekend in Newport, a Weekend in Cape Cod, a Family Package, a Sports Package and a Golf Package…each package was valued around $1,000. There were 30 Door Prizes…and almost everyone won something! Many attendees turned the special occasion into a weekend getaway with hotel accommodations at a group rate.

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RI Business Leaders Day Presented by Senator Jack Reed and Hosted by RIFDA

September 18, 2019

Senate Hart Building, Constitution Avenue & 2nd Street, NE Washington, D.C., DC 20002

This event is presented by Senator Jack Reed. It is a substantive agenda from a roster of nationally-known speakers with knowledge of the federal policies and debates that support and affect Rhode Island Businesses.

The speakers discuss a broad range of subjects including the economy, commerce, the budget, housing, and national security, along with a host of other public policy issues. Top Cabinet officials, Senators, Congressmen and other government and media professionals offer their insights on these and other current affairs.  The event seeks to provide information on the important issues which impact the economies of both our State and Nation.

This day-long event also includes round trip airfare (or conference only option), ground transportation, catered food & beverage and a post conference reception all in the company of Senator Jack Reed and his staff.

This year the attendees heard from a variety of energetic and dynamic speakers, including: Professor Darrell M. West, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney, Margaret Brennan (Moderator of “Face the Nation”), Jelena McWilliams (Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation), Elaine Chao (Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation), U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Admiral Michael Mullen and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski.

 

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2019 Cliff Johnson-RIFDA Annual Golf Tournament 

Each year, RIFDA works very hard to upgrade and improve our annual tournament. The event format was well received by all; friendly registration, golfer welcome gift, the tournament golf award cash prizes, bigger and better door prize give-a-ways and a (50/50) raffle paying out over $600!
Kirkbrae Country Club is a perfect location for an all day event: BBQ lunch on the terrace, shot gun start including 3-$1,000 & 1-$10,000 hole in-one cash opportunities, cocktails, dinner, golf awards, prize presentations, and the 50/50 raffle drawing.

Thanks to our members for their outstanding support of the 2019 Cliff Johnson-RIFDA Golf Tournament, it truly was a success!

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2019 RIFDA Annual Convention

What more could you ask for? A picturesque setting at the Red Jacket Beach Resort in South Yarmouth, MA, a private beach,  great accommodations, The Bayberry Hills Golf Tournament, upbeat ambiance, welcome reception, excellent food, camaraderie, an open hospitality house, great laughs, Chairman’s Dinner with Exceptional Entertainment, beach front dinners, door prize give-a-ways and much more!

 

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2019 RIFDA Annual Trade Day

RIFDA hosted their Annual Trade Day on March 21st at Kirkbrae Country Club.  The RIFDA Trade Day featured the state’s Best Bagger Competition and new inductees into their Hall of Fame. The Best Bagger contest is an exciting event and determines the Rhode Island’s Best Bagger who is eligible to compete in the National Grocers Association’s “National Best Bagger Contest” held annually in San Diego.  This year’s event was coordinated and run with the efforts of Dave’s Marketplace and Shaw’s Supermarket.  The Best Bagger contest is always very competitive among the member participants especially this year with 18 contestants, as well as their co-workers who come to cheer them on. This year’s winner was Samantha Falkowski from the Dave’s Marketplace in Coventry.  She will represent Rhode Island in the national competition; Good Luck Samantha!

The evening featured an industry networking cocktail reception, followed by our annual RIFDA Industry Dinner. This year’s dinner program featured our guest speaker, Secretary of State, Nellie M. Gorbea.  The evening’s program concluded with the presentation of the 2019 RI Food Dealers Hall of Fame Inductees.  These included William Candon who was awarded the RIFDA Outstanding Service Award, Mesa Fresca who won the 2019 Spirit of RI Award, and Dino’s Park-n-Shop who was honored as the RI Food Dealers Member of the Year.  All three worthy recipients distinguished themselves by their outstanding performance, their overall success, and their outstanding contributions to the food industry in the state of RI.

The day’s events proved to be both informative and entertaining and the association was excited with the level of interest members displayed. This event serves the food industry of RI well and provides a unique opportunity to network, learn, and celebrate its members in an exciting format.

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