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Favorite Foods, Wabash National Corp. and Groom Energy Solutions Join the IFDA

(July 11, 2013)—Favorite Foods, Inc., a family-owned broadline distributor, has re-joined the IFDA. Brothers Jeff and Chris Barstow, the founders of Favorite Foods, started the company in 1987 with just a van and a plan to distribute dry goods to area restaurants. Since then, the company has expanded several times and now owns a 50,000 square foot facility in Somersworth, NH and employees 50 people. Today, they are New Hampshire's only locally owned and operated broadline foodservice distributor. In 2002, Favorite Foods founded FIRA, the Favorite Independent Restaurant Association, a non-profit entity dedicated to helping local independent restaurants compete in a market dominated by national chain restaurants. Chris continues to serve as President and CEO, and along with David Myers, COO. The company is a member of the UniPro buying group.

Wabash National Corporation and Groom Energy Solutions have joined IFDA as Allied Members, and Groom Energy is participating as an exhibitor in the upcoming Distribution Solutions Conference.

Headquartered in Lafayette, IN, Wabash National Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer and producer of semi trailers and liquid transportation systems. Established in 1985, the company specializes in the design and production of dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, platform trailers, intermodal equipment, liquid tank trailers, frac tanks, engineered products, and composite products. A proud American company, Wabash manufactures trailers under the Wabash National, Transcraft and Benson brand names at two plants in Lafayette, Indiana, as well as a plant in Cadiz, Kentucky.

Groom Energy is a provider of commercial and industrial energy solutions with customers including leading distributors and manufacturers in foodservice. The company delivers a range of services including corporate sustainability and whole building energy assessments. Groom Energy has the largest LED lighting installation base in the food manufacturing/distribution industries and has performed energy assessments and implemented projects in more than forty U.S. States.

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