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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COVID-19 UPDATES

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LOANS – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Rhode Island small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Below is more information on this program.

Press Release – March 17, 2020

Three Step Process: Disaster Loans

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

Governor Raimondo Executive Orders:

  • Executive Order 20-72 – Sixty-seventh Supplemental Emergency Declaration – COVID-19 Emergency Regulations
  • Executive Order 20-71 – Sixty-sixth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Further Quarantine Order
  • Executive Order 20-70 – Sixty-fifth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Hospital and Community-Based Health Care
  • Executive Order 20-69 – Sixty-fourth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Various Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-68 – Sixty-third Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Setting the Minimum Weekly Base Rate for Unemployment Insurance
  • Executive Order 20-67 – Sixty-second Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Phase III Re-Opening
  • Executive Order 20-66 – Sixty-first Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Executive Order
  • Executive Order 20-65 – Sixtieth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Various Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-64 – Fifty-ninth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Various Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-63 – Fifty-eighth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Various Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-62 – Fifty-seventh Supplemental Emergency Declaration – School Bus Driver Recertification
  • Executive Order 20-61 – Fifty-sixth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Early Closure of Bars
  • Executive Order 20-60 – Fifty-fifth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Continuing to Require Cloth Face Coverings in Public
  • Executive Order 20-59 – Fifty-fourth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Various Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-58 – Fifty-third Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Phase III Re-Opening
  • Executive Order 20-57 – Fifty-second Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Executive Order 
  • Executive Order 20-56 – Fifty-first Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Adjustment to Wavemaker Fellowship Program
  • Executive Order 20-55 – Fiftieth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-54 – Forty-ninth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-53 – Forty-eighth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-52 – Forty-seventh Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Various Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-51 – Forty-sixth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Support For Young Adults Aging Out Of State Care
  • Executive Order 20-50 – Forty-fifth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Phase III Re-Opening
  • Executive Order 20-49 – Forty-fourth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-48 – Rise Together – First Steps To A More Equitable And Resilient Rhode Island
  • Executive Order 20-47 – Forty-third Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-46 – Forty-second Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Public Meetings and Public Records Requests
  • Executive Order 20-45 – Forty-first Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Executive Order
  • Executive Order 20-44 – Fortieth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Uniform Statewide School Calendar
  • Executive Order 20-43 – Re-Orienting Healthcare and Long-Term Health Planning
  • Executive Order 20-42 – Thirty-ninth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Various Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-41 – Thirty-eighth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Continuing to Require Cloth Face Coverings in Public
  • Executive Order 20-40: – Thirty-seventh Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Phase II Re-Opening
  • Executive Order 20-39: – Thirty-sixth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Authorizing Adjustments to Child Care Subsidies and Reimbursement Rates
  • Executive Order 20-38: – Thirty-fifth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Executive Order
  • Executive Order 20-37: – Thirty-fourth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Increasing State COVID-19 Response Capacity
  • Executive Order 20-36: – Thirty-third Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Executive Orders 
  • Executive Order 20-35: – Thirty-second Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Summer Camp Operations 
  • Executive Order 20-34: Thirty-First Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Various Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-33: Thirtieth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Hospital and Community-Based Health
  • Executive Order 20-32: Twenty-Ninth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Lifting Stay at Home Order, Leaving Certain Restrictions in Place, Limited Re-Openings with Stringent Health Regulations
  • Executive Order 20-31: Twenty-Eighth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Various Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-30: Twenty-Seventh Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Requiring Cloth Face Coverings in Public
  • Executive Order 20-29: Twenty-Sixth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Promoting Better Coordination of Health Care Coverage
  • Executive Order 20-28: Twenty-Fifth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 20-27: Twenty-Fourth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Further Preparations for a Predominantly Mail Ballot Election
  • Executive Order 20-26: Twenty-Third Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Support for Young Adults Aging Out of State Care
  • Executive Order 20-25: Twenty-Second Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Public Meetings and Public Records Requests
  • Executive Order 20-24: Twenty-first Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Requiring Cloth Face Masks at Work
  • Executive Order 20-20: Seventeenth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Further Quarantine Order
  • Executive Order 20-19: Sixteenth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Increasing Access to Unemployment Insurance
  • Executive Order 20-18: Fifteenth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Declaration of Disaster Emergency
  • Executive Order 20-17: Fourteenth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Testing, Critical Supplies and Hospital Capacity Reporting
  • Executive Order 20-16: Thirteenth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Authorizing Waiver and Medicaid State Plan Amendments and Adjustments to Essential Provider Rates
  • Executive Order 20-15: Twelfth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Executive Orders on the Operation of Food Establishments and Close Contact Businesses
  • Executive Order 20-14: Amend Eleventh Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Staying at Home, Reducing Gatherings, Certain Retail Business Closures and Further Quarantine Provisions
  • Executive Order 20-13: Amend Eleventh Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Staying at Home, Reducing Gatherings, Certain Retail Business Closures and Further Quarantine Provisions
  • Executive Order 20-12 – Tenth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers from New York State (03/26/20)
  • Executive Order 20-11 – Ninth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Delaying the Primary Elections and Preparing for a Predominantly Mail Ballot Election (3/23/20)
  • Executive Order 20-10 – Eighth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Quarantine Restrictions on Domestic Air Travelers (3/23/20)
  • Executive Order 20-09 – Seventh Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Public Gatherings, Close-Contact Businesses, Public Recreation and Business Service Providers (03/22/20)
  • Executive Order 20-08 – Sixth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Economic Support for Restaurants, Bars and Establishments that Offer Food (3/20/20)
  • Executive Order 20-07 – Fifth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Time for Weapon and Firearm Background Checks (3/20/20)
  • Executive Order 20-06 – Fourth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Expanding Access to Telemedicine Services (03/18/20)
  • Executive Order 20-05 – Third Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Public Meetings and Public Records Requests (03/16/20)
  • Executive Order 20-04 – Second Supplemental Declaration – Restaurants, Bars, Entertainment Venues, and Public Gatherings (03/16/20)
  • Executive Order 20-03 – Supplemental Emergency Declaration (03/13/2020)
  • Executive Order 20-02 – Declaration of Disaster Emergency (03/09/2020)

Positive Test Protocol: 3-23-20 Positive Test Protocol – Final

Food Service Labeling Update: Memo re FSIS Announces Temporary Allowances for Foodservice Labels Going to Retail (MH)

FMCSA CDL Waiver: FMCSA CDL Waiver-3.24.20

Documents to Allow Drivers/Transportation During This Time: Sample Transportation Letter Template, Including Pharmacy — Critical Industry Employee Authorizations to Travel Regardless of the Time of Day

DOT FAQ: FMCSA_FAQs_HOS_ED_3-19-2020

CARES Act: CARES Act

Guidance for the Food Industry: Guidance for the Food Industry Summary

Supplemental Covid-19 Guidelines: Coronavirus Supplemental Appropriations Summary_FINAL

Grocery Store Social Distancing Guidelines: Grocery Store Social Distancing – Business Practice

Letter to Grocery Store workers from Governor Raimondo: Gov Letter to Grocery Workers

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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

Shore’s is a fourth-generation market that has been in operation for fifty years.

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Distributor/Supplier Member of the Month

Imperial is recognized as the leader in both distribution and merchandising of supermarket non-foods with over 625 associates who help you provide superior customer service and grow sales.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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PAST EVENTS

2020 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 $600!
Kirkbrae Country Club is a perfect location for an all day event: a boxed lunch was available 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 2020 Cliff Johnson-RIFDA Golf Tournament, it truly was a success!

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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 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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