As a member of UniPro Foodservice, Inc., the nation's largest purchasing, marketing, and operating services organization for independent foodservice distributors, we can offer our customers the benefit of local, responsive service while providing access to thousands of products manufactured exclusively for foodservice operations.
UniPro's member owners comprise a group of 297 independent foodservice distributors, with more than 550 locations, who now represent the largest distribution network that offers cost-competitive alternatives and greater flexibility than our corporate distributor counterparts. UniPro members recognize that in a competitive environment, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This solidarity enables us to leverage impressive purchasing volume in excess of $31 billion in collective sales resulting in competitive pricing for you.
Through UniPro, we can provide local market sensitivity with national clout, purchasing power, global sourcing, and an array of programs and services designed to enhance your bottom line.
Membership in the UniPro cooperative provides us with access to programs and services unmatched in the industry.
From technology assistance, to freight logistics, to internal sales and customer training, these programs and services provide UniPro members with the tools to maintain a competitive market position, assisting you in meeting your growth and profit aspirations.
Success in today's competitive business environment depends on quick response, business-building programs, and a competitive market position. We are committed to providing you the tools for success.
National Equipment and Supply Association (NESA). NESA is a leading member-owned cooperative comprised of 130 Dealers and Distributors across the country offering the Operator community valued business solutions. Services range from consulting, CAD drawings, layout and design, delivery and installation and replenishment goods after the sale. These members are aligned with 100 NESA Suppliers that are well recognized names in the industry.
NESA offers its membership first quality Training Sessions in areas of Food Safety, Equipment solutions; labor saving enhancements, top quality Tabletop items and back of the house Smallwares to assist in providing the operators the most up to date information.
NESA Marketing efforts result in quarterly flyers and annual catalogs in both print and laptop-based CD's to offer full line availability. These solution based products allow for both significant savings in our flyers and the ability to review entire front-to-back product packages no matter how large or small the job may be.
NESA aligns itself with only the best in class suppliers that offer brand name and recognized products. Our Equipment suppliers have trusted proven track records in delivering performance and value that eliminate the headaches of "price-only competitors". Our Smallwares suppliers deliver durable and useful items to assist in timely meal deliveries, quick prep and clean up solutions and our Tabletop suppliers offer the innovative china, flatware and glassware items to dress up any style of meal.
When looking for a top NESA dealer/distributor, simply click on the Member listing and map to find the wide array of innovative solutions and services that each member offers!
The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) works to help our foodservice distributor members succeed. Our primary constituents are foodservice distributors and are found across North America and internationally. They include leading broadline, system, and specialty distributors.
IFDA's members operate more than 700 distribution facilities and represent annual sales of more than $110 billion. These companies help make the food away from home industry possible, delivering food and other related products to restaurants and institutions — from the local pizzeria or burger shop to your favorite Italian restaurant or white tablecloth establishment, from nursing homes and hospitals to military mess halls and school cafeterias.
IFDA provides research, education opportunities, and business forums to its members that can make them more competitive. In the United States, IFDA also provides important representation on Capitol Hill, sharing the perspective of foodservice distributors with lawmakers and regulatory agencies to shape the legislative and regulatory process.
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), a professional, organization for chefs and cooks, was founded in 1929 in New York City by three chefs’ organizations: the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club and the Chefs de Cuisine Association of America. Since our inception, little has changed in our principal goals. We are an organization based on promoting the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels.
In 1976, ACF forever changed the culinary industry by elevating the position of the executive chef from service status to the professional category in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Dictionary of Official Titles. Since this change, the culinary industry and our organization have grown tremendously. Today, ACF is the largest professional chefs organization in North America. We are made up of more than 20,000 members who belong to more than 200 chapters in four regions across the United States.
The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), ACF’s educational arm, is a nonprofit and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service with a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Donations to the ACFEF are tax deductible – please consult your tax advisor for further guidance. Entities under the ACFEF include apprenticeship, programmatic accreditation, American Academy of Chefs, Chef & Child Foundation, Senior Chefs and ACF Culinary Team USA.
ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation designed to enhance professional growth for all current and future chefs and pastry chefs. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States. ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions, and to the Chef & Child Foundation, founded in 1989 to promote proper nutrition in children and combat childhood obesity.
We offer culinary competitions, certification, a national apprenticeship program, regional and national events, publications and much more to help foster the growth of professional chefs and the foodservice industry. If you are not part of our organization, we invite you to join us and gain access to the best culinary resources available.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is the largest foodservice trade association in the world*—supporting nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses. In partnership with our state restaurant associations (SRA), we have more than 750 staffers working to empower all restaurant owners and operators to achieve more than they thought possible.
We represent and advocate for foodservice industry interests with state, local and national policymakers—taking on financial and regulatory obstacles before they hit our members’ bottom line. We provide tools and systems that help members of all sizes get significantly better operating results. And we offer the kinds of networking, education and research resources that are only possible because of our vast, and active, membership base.
We save our members time, money and headaches by helping them take on what matters most for their success and growth—whether that’s protecting their economic interests, sharing best practices, or getting them in front of emerging trends.
We strive to move our industry forward by finding answers to the tough questions, distilling complex information into practical knowledge and helping our members navigate the issues that can leave them in the weeds. And that makes us the go-to resource for smart, relevant intelligence that helps our members run their businesses better.
At the NRA, we believe that there is strength in numbers. When we come together as an industry, our collective voice is stronger and our impact is greater than when any of us stands alone. And that means our shared spirit of hospitality, passion for serving others and belief in the American entrepreneurial dream will be safeguarded and advanced.
The Growth Partnership includes approximately 140 CEOs in the Erie area and is led by a committee of 16 business and community leaders. Through the Growth Partnership, members become intimately engaged in strategic community initiatives that will make a long-term impact on the region's economic vitality.