Conference Updates

June 30, 2022

2022 FEDA Annual Conference to Present

Gold Awards Breakfast and Guy Fieri


The morning of Sept. 22 will open with the Gold Awards Breakfast, a celebration that recognizes volunteer leadership and longtime association members and also honors individuals and companies that are strengthening the foodservice equipment and supplies industry. Those interested in applying for one of the five Gold Awards are encouraged to visit this page.


Following the Gold Awards Breakfast, FEDA is excited to welcome famed chef, restaurateur and Emmy Award-winning TV host Guy Fieri for a special presentation entitled A Great Comeback for a Great Industry. Fieri will discuss his namesake foundation and its inspiring and successful campaign to raise money for 43,000 restaurant workers and rebuild the industry during and after COVID-19.

June 29, 2022

2022 FEDA Gold Awards

Deadline Extended to July 29

FEDA will recognize the unique achievements of distributor and manufacturer members during a special presentation at the 2022 FEDA Annual Conference, which will be held Sept. 20-23 in San Diego. To ensure that every company has ample time to consider each of the five award categories, FEDA is extending the deadline to submit an application to July 29.

For specific awards criteria and to apply, please see the following links:

Model Workplace Awards. One award to be presented to a distributor or dealer member and one award to a manufacturer member that has created a dynamic and unique workplace culture that attracts and retains talent and develops future industry leaders.

Extraordinary Service Awards. One award to be presented to a distributor or dealer member and one award to a manufacturer member whose customer-service program provides an extraordinary experience for operators, suppliers or dealers, and service reps and has contributed to the company’s success.

Champion for Young Professionals Awards. One award to be presented to a distributor or dealer member and one award to a manufacturer member whose model leadership and achievements have promoted the attraction and retention of talented young professionals.

Ascending Young Industry Leaders Awards. Presented to two young distribution professionals and two young manufacturing professionals, age 21-33, who have demonstrated growth in leadership ability in innovation; project management; professional or employee development; or community impact.

Accomplished Young Industry Leaders Awards. Presented to two young distribution professionals and two young manufacturing professionals, age 34-46, who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and accomplishments in innovative company initiatives; research; product, services or systems development; employee development; or other unique accomplishments that have contributed to the company’s success.

If you have any questions regarding these awards, please contact Tracy Mulqueen at 224-293-6501 or

June 29, 2022

Steve Forbes to Deliver

FEDA Annual Conference Keynote

imageFEDA is honored to present Steve Forbes as its keynote speaker for the 2022 FEDA Annual Conference. Forbes is a widely-respected economic prognosticator,  former presidential primary candidate and the editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine, which reaches 150 million readers every month. His latest book, Inflation: What It Is, Why It's Bad and How to Fix It, analyzes the country's soaring inflation rate, which recently hit a 40-year high. He also hosts a popular webcast, What's Ahead, that engages the world's leading newsmakers and politicians about the state of global business and economics.

Forbes will share his decades of business and financial experience and expertise with conference attendees on Sept. 21. The presentation will cover Forbes' concerns about the most serious barriers impacting the United States' economic recovery, including inflation's effect on the stock market, proposed tax hikes, the impending wave of antitrust actions, and regulatory blunders that are crushing American ingenuity.

June 22, 2022


A Message from FEDA Board Chairman Michael Keck

The 2022 FEDA Annual Conference will be presented Sept. 20-23 at the InterContinental Hotel in San Diego. I am so thrilled to invite you to this year's event and to share with you all the enhancements and valuable sessions we have planned that are sure to leave you with a renewed energy for tackling industry challenges. The conference will showcase many of the top minds in foodservice and bring together foodservice equipment and supplies dealers from across the country to share their insights and experiences as the industry works toward recovery. 

I'm especially excited about our location for this year. As a world-class city, San Diego is known to draw visitors seeking the best of what California has to offer. The city’s upscale, ocean-side environment is the perfect place to make these connections. It offers a seamless blend of resort-style amenities with the excitement and energy only found in the thriving center of a modern city. Attendees are sure to find a variety of settings and nearby venues to reconnect with peers and talk business.

Our programming this year is just as exceptional as our location. FEDA is proud to announce some extraordinary guest speakers, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine Steve Forbes and Mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri! The other activities and programs during the conference are sure to be just as exciting. Golf is making a grand return in 2022 with an expedition to Torrey Pines South, one of the country’s most scenic and celebrated courses. Torrey Pines’ golfers and other early arrivers will also have a chance to mingle at a pre-event reception.

The energizing Young Industry Leaders events will continue and FEDA will return to its large opening night reception and dinner. Attendees can enjoy a ballgame mid-week at Petco Park and this year’s Gold Awards will be presented during a special breakfast event. The Last Night on Bayview Terrace, the latest iteration of FEDA’s popular casual closing night party, will feature views of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean.

June 21, 2022

2022 FEDA Annual Conference

Registration Now Open!

Early bird pricing is available through July 29, 2022.