Several truck drivers from McLane Co., Core-Mark, Gordon Food Service, US Foods and other distribution companies are among 87 inductees into the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Truck Driver Hall of Fame this week.
The program casts a spotlight on the industry's top drivers for their service and safety records, according to the association. “The program is reflective of the industry's commitment to a culture of safety,” it said.
The 2023 class is the largest in IFDA's history. It includes drivers from 13 companies, 10 of the professionals have been driving for more than 40 years, and one driver has 48 years of service. The class includes the first female inductee in the history of IFDA's Truck Driver Hall of Fame.
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"It's an honor to recognize these hardworking professionals who play a vital role in our economy and way of life," said Mark Allen, president and CEO of IFDA. "Our drivers have dedicated their careers to ensure the safe delivery of food and products to the kitchens, shelves and pantries of our nation's restaurants, schools, hotels, hospitals, entertainment venues, military bases, and other public service institutions."
Over 130,000 foodservice distribution drivers are currently on the road. To be eligible for the IFDA Truck Driver Hall of Fame, the driver must have at least 25 years of employment with an IFDA member company with no chargeable accidents during that timeframe and may not have any moving violations within the last five years.
The 2023 class will be honored at IFDA’s Solutions Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 11-13.
Based in McLean, Virginia, the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) represents the $303 billion foodservice distribution industry.
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