We are the Food Distribution Research Society, Inc.

In these changing times, it is critical that academia, government, and industry continue to work together in food distribution to foster the industry growth. Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS) is the only body of scholars and practitioners in the United States dedicated to the study, monitoring and sharing of knowledge about the dramatic changes that are taking place in the global food system.

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A Message From Our President Kellie Raper

The Food Distribution Research Society is a collection of professionals from academics, government, and industry with common interests in understanding more about food distribution system economics and with multiple perspectives from which to approach increasing that understanding. The Society is an organization that has presented me with many opportunities to grow – opportunities for professional development, opportunities for collaboration and, perhaps most importantly, opportunities for lasting friendships with peers in different organizations.

We are a group committed to including students in the learning process. Our Student Food Marketing Challenge facilitates student interactions with industry clients as student teams design and present strategies to address a client’s real-world challenge in marketing and food distribution. Opportunities via technology have added an international flavor to recent competitions with teams joining from Taiwan and New Zealand, among others.

We are a group committed to sound applied research examining issues that impact the food supply chain. Our 2021 issues of the Journal of Food Distribution Research published articles on a wide array of economic and business topics in food distribution, ranging from a focus on trade, policy and infrastructure to local foods, non-profits, and craft beverages.

We are a group committed to interaction and collaboration and to hosting conferences with an atmosphere that facilitate it. This year’s conference will again be partnered with the National Agricultural Marketing Summit and MarketMaker with additional support from Extension Risk Management, Farm Credit Council, and Illinois Farm Bureau.

Please join us October 23-25, 2022 at the Hilton-Pensacola Beach in Pensacola, Florida for the 2022 FDRS Annual Conference!  If you are new to FDRS or are considering joining the Society, I especially encourage you to come. Come and see what we are all about. Come and contribute to the knowledge base. Come and make lasting professional connections! I look forward to seeing you in Pensacola.

Recap our 2020 virtual conference!

Recap our 2020 virtual conference!

Dr. Shannon Allen is the 2020 Richardson-Applebaum Award Winner!

Dr. Shannon Allen is the 2020 Richardson-Applebaum Award Winner!

FDRS Food Marketing Challenge Student Reviews

See what students have to say about their Food Marketing Challenge experience at the annual FDRS Conference.
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