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.

Student teams register by August 27!

Register your team for the annual Student Food Marketing Challenge!

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2020 Virtual Conference Recap

Take a look at the recap of our first ever virtual conference, including presentation videos and slides if you couldn't join us live!

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Register or submit an abstract for our October 2021 conference in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX!


A Message From Our President Jonathan Baros

As we navigate these trying times, both personally and professionally, I want to thank you for your dedication to FDRS and supporting the framework for our society to engage and inspire students while answering critical question from our academic and industry stakeholders.

Despite the challenges 2020 threw at us, we continued to support the overall goal of the Society by facilitating leading-edge information in applied research, the implementation of results, and education in the food distribution field.

In 2021 we look forward to getting back to our normal conference format when we meet face-to-face this October in Dallas, Texas.  This year, we are again aligning with our collaborators to combine our FDRS meeting with the National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit alongside AgMRC, MarketMaker, Farm Credit, USDA, Illinois Farm Bureau, and University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

In 2021 FDRS will maintain support for retail and wholesale distribution and the flow of products and services through these firms and institutions, while continuing to place energy in our major foci: patterns of consumption, impacts of technology on processing and manufacturing, packaging and transport, data and information systems in the food and agricultural industry, market development, and international trade in food products and agricultural commodities.

I look forward to seeing you in Texas for our 2021 FDRS Annual Conference.

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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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