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Dennis Food Service Advocates for Industry Issues on Capitol Hill

Advocating for the Future–Dennis Food Service Visits Washington, D.C.

On June 12th, key representatives from Dennis Food Service traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the International Foodservice Distributors Association’s (IFDA) Washington Insight Conference. This significant event provided an opportunity for our team to engage directly with members of Congress, advocating for critical issues that impact the foodservice distribution industry.

Representing Maine in the Nation’s Capital
Chief Human Resources Officer Lori Ouellette, Transportation Manager Thomas White, and Director of Risk Management Ginger Shubert represented Dennis Food Service during this crucial visit. They met with State of Maine Representatives, discussing a wide array of vital topics such as food safety, transportation, labor, and taxation. These conversations are essential in shaping legislation that supports the efficiency, safety, and affordability of food distribution to communities nationwide.

Joining Forces with Industry Leaders
Organized by IFDA, the conference gathered senior executives from numerous foodservice distribution companies. Together, they emphasized the importance of educating federal lawmakers about the industry’s needs and the challenges it faces. The collective voice of the IFDA delegation underscored the $382 billion industry’s crucial role in delivering food products to every community in the United States.

Mark S. Allen, IFDA President and CEO, highlighted the significance of these discussions, stating, “Foodservice distribution is a $382 billion industry that delivers food products to every community in our nation. So, it’s important for our members to provide lawmakers with insight into how legislation and regulation affect our industry’s ability to distribute food safely, efficiently, and affordably to their communities.”

Experiencing the Heart of American Democracy
Beyond the productive meetings, our team had the opportunity to tour the U.S. Capitol Building, gaining a deeper appreciation for the legislative process. They also attended the annual Congressional Baseball Game at National Park, a beloved tradition that fosters camaraderie and bipartisanship among lawmakers.


Dennis Food Service remains committed to advocating for policies that benefit the foodservice distribution industry and the communities we serve. Our participation in the IFDA Washington Insight Conference reflects our dedication to ensuring that our industry’s voice is heard in the halls of Congress.