To provide a forum to promote professionalism, growth, value of services, training, and the development of standards and practices for the food ingredient distribution industry. To increase the value of food ingredient distribution services by:
Promoting professionalism in food ingredient distribution
Promoting the growth of the food ingredient distribution industry
Promoting the exchange of ideas common to the food industry
Formulating standards for food ingredient distribution
FIDA was started in 1995 by Jerry Skidmore of Skidmore Sales in Cinicnnati, Ohio, Bill Bierer of Essex Grain in Frazer, Pennsylvania, and Mike Ogles from SPI Group in San Francisco, California. Its mission then, and now, is to provide a forum to promote growth, value of services, professionalism, training, and the development of standards and best practices for the food ingredient distribution industry.
From that time forward, FIDA members work together to grow the food ingredient distribution industry through the exchange of ideas common to the industry and by formulating standards and best practice for food ingredient distributors across North America. These things can be achieved through a strong community and a thorough understanding of the many issues commonly faced by all food ingredient distributors. “We need to have a willingness to explore industry wide solutions to promote distribution and to create a seamless supply chain for suppliers, customers, and distributors,” said founder, Jerry Skidmore. Today, FIDA members, through logistics and technical expertise, provide a vital link in the development and production of foods.