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.