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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RIFDA has made a Facebook page!  Please like the page to help spread awareness and then share information about RIFDA!  Let’s stay engaged in topics that we all support, connect at events, and network with new people!  Join us by liking the page and then sharing it with your friends!  Please click here to LIKE RIFDA on Facebook!

 

 

Retail Member of the Month

Dunns Corner Market provides small-town service with exquisite selections, from fresh meats, to deli platters, to lunch sandwiches.

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Distributor Member of the Month

Guida’s Dairy delivers fresh dairy and dairy related products throughout Southern New England.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 SAVE THE DATE FOR RIFDA’S ANNUAL MEETING AND HOLIDAY GALA!

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 AT THE NEWPORT MARRIOTT IN NEWPORT, RI!

5:30: Cocktail Hour and Entertainment

7:00: Dinner, Entertainment and Acknowledgements

8:00: Annual Meeting, Scholarship Awards, Induction of New Board Officers

9:00: Raffle Drawing, Door Prizes, Dessert Buffet and Coffee Bar

Please note: If you are interested in securing a hotel room(s) please confirm ASAP the number of rooms needed before Friday November 2, 2018.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2018 RIFDA PAC RECEPTION

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018 5:30PM – 7:30PM

CAMILLE’S RESTAURANT

71 BRADFORD STREET, PROVIDENCE, RI 02903

Please join RIFDA for an evening of great food, cocktails, and significant networking as we hold our ninth annual after hours PAC event. Share in the opportunity of getting together in a social environment to discuss the results of some of our legislative efforts this year and the opportunities and objectives for next year.

One hundred percent of the proceeds collected from this event will go to our PAC fund, for the purpose of helping to support candidates or initiatives that are in the best interest of the food industry in the state of Rhode Island.  Please call the office at 401-431-0880 to confirm your attendance by October 25, 2018.

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RIFDA 2018-2019 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

 

Rhode Island Food Dealers Association is happy to announce the 2018-2019 Scholarship Program. This program has been established to add economic support and provide a value-added benefit to our members and their employees. The funding for this scholarship is raised annually at our annual Charitable Golf Tournament and other member events. This year’s proceeds will allow us to offer scholarships to deserving students of our industry.

The scholarship program recognizes and aids deserving students who are related by virtue of their parent’s or their own full or part time employment in the food industry. All candidates must be recommended by a member of the RIFDA. Winners will be honored at the RIFDA Annual Meeting and Holiday Gala on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Newport Marriott Hotel in Newport, RI.

RIFDA Scholarship Award Highlights:

-One time non-renewable scholarships of $1,000

-Application must be received no later than Friday, October 26, 2018

-The award recipients will be notified by Wednesday, November 7, 2018

CLICK HERE FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION!

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PAST EVENTS

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

September 27, 2018

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: Angus King (U.S. Senator), Katherine Scott (Associate Historian from the U.S. Senate Historical Office), David Gregory (CNN Political Analyst), William Galston (Wall Street Journalist), Linda McMahon (Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration), Barbara Weisel (former Assistant of the U.S. Trade Representative), Michael Morell (former Acting Director of the CIA), Nathan Gonzales (Editor and Publisher of Inside Elections), and Jerome Powell (Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System).

 

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2018 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 $500!
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 2018 Cliff Johnson-RIFDA Golf Tournament, it truly was a success!

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2018 RIFDA Annual Convention

What more could you ask for? A picturesque setting at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, MA, a private beach,  great accommodations, The Cape Club Golf Tournament, upbeat ambience, welcome reception, excellent food, camaraderie, an open hospitality suite, great laughs, Chairman’s Dinner with Piano Entertainment, beach front dinners, exceptional door prize give-a-ways and much more!

 

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2018 RIFDA Annual Trade Day

RIFDA hosted their Annual Trade Day on March 22nd 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 Las Vegas.  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 Betsy Abrahannson from the Shaw’s Supermarket in East Providence.  She will represent Rhode Island in the national competition; Good Luck Betsy!

The evening featured an industry networking cocktail reception, followed by our annual RIFDA Industry Dinner. This year’s dinner program featured our guest speaker, Rep. Robert Craven, Chairman of House Labor. He gave an update of the current General Assembly session and urged all in attendance to meet with their Representative or State Senator so that their voice could be heard.  He also recognized our Association for the work it has done on behalf of their industry and the insights they have provided to many members of the General Assembly.  The evening’s program concluded with the presentation of the 2018 RI Food Dealers Hall of Fame Inductees.  These included Antonio Fonseca of Packaging & More who was awarded the RIFDA Outstanding Service Award, the Backyard Food Company which won the 2018 Spirit of RI Award, and Bozzuto’s 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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