Food Shippers of America has always strived to deliver an extraordinary learning and networking experience at each of our annual conference events. We were hoping for the same at our 66th Annual Conference in Palm Desert scheduled for February 28 through March 2, 2021. 

Due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus situation, and in consideration of the health and wellbeing of all conference attendees, we have made the decision to cancel the 2021 event. We spent many hours evaluating alternatives including postponing the conference to a later date, conducting a virtual event, finding other potential locations as well as a combination of these options. Unfortunately, venue availability and timing made postponing the event not practical, and we felt a virtual event would not offer the robust networking opportunity we all look forward to at the annual conference. We are certainly disappointed as we had an exciting agenda prepared and will miss not being able to spend time together learning, connecting and doing business.  


John Murphy was one of the long-standing members of the Food Shippers of America organization both as a food manufacturer and as the Executive Director. John spent more than 40 years in the transportation industry of which the last half was at The Borden Food Company where he retired in 1995. After John retired, he spent 14 years as the Executive Director of Food Shippers of America 


Our Winter 2020 issue of Food Shippers of America magazine is also available in digital format. This issue features articles from industry leaders on topics ranging from the changes the ongoing global pandemic is having on the food and beverage supply chain, including warehouse capacity, e-commerce and order fulfillment, and how driver capacity and employment continues to be impacted. In addition, FreightWaves analyst Kevin Hill will give us insight into the Spot Rate Market. Please click here for immediate access. 

Previous issues of Food Shippers of America may be found in our association website archives, or by clicking here.


Food Shippers of America is looking for FSA Members to profile in upcoming issues of the bi-annual Food Shippers of America magazine.

Tell us what your New Normal looks like. Perhaps how your company jump-started its own recovery in the wake of the pandemic or the best practices your team has developed to ensure continued resilience and adaptability moving forward. We offer a unique opportunity for FSA Members to share with our readers their company's goals and successes, visions and innovations. 

If you would like your FSA Member profile to appear in our print and digital publications, please contact Food Shippers at media_advisor@foodshippersofamerica.org.


Thank you to all our members for your continued support!

Syfan Logistics, Inc.

SFL Companies, a full-service supply chain management and logistics firm focused on technology-driven freight management, is celebrating their 10th anniversary of being in business.


SmartWay can help members and stakeholders establish goals around sustainable freight transportation with proven approaches and industry-driven strategies. Here are suggested ways for carriers and shippers to reduce transportation-related emissions, to help everyone meet their New Year goals for sustainable, efficient supply chains:


The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is making its monthly magazine, 3PL Perspectives, available to all FSA members and suppliers. Please click here for a view of TIA's January issue. 

For more information about any articles appearing in 3PL Perspectives, contact Chris Burroughs at burroughs@tianet.org


Virtual CLDA Shippers Exchange
March 3, 2021 | 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Who’s Attending?
The carriers in attendance are the decision makers at their companies, including owners, C-suite managers, and high-level sales representatives.


Food Logistics
The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) New Era of Smart Food Safety initiative advises modernizing technology to advance food safety through more traceable safety processes while creating efficiencies across the entire food manufacturing operation.


Food Industry Executive
After a slight dip in November, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.4% overall, including a 3.9% jump in December "food at home" sector. Prices rose on all six grocery groups, with meat, poultry, fish, and eggs leading with a more than 4.6% increase in prices overall during 2020.


Food Dive
Although timelines vary from state to state, Smithfield Foods announced this week it was prepping to vaccinate critical and distribution workers at its facilities within 60 days. The meat producer is one of the first companies to implement plans for the inoculation of its entire workforce.


Supply Chain 247
Accelerated by the on-going pandemic and consumer demand for next-day/same day delivery, micro-fulfillment centers are gaining a foothold as a simple and cost-effective solution, especially in areas where real estate is cost-prohibitive.

Visible Supply Chain Management

Grocery Dive
Albertsons' digital strategy ramps up with automated food order kiosks—a sort of ATM for groceries. Designed by Estonia-based Cleveron, the click-and-collect food lockers are reported to deliver regular and deep freeze orders to customers in less than one minute and are already in use in Europe and Australia.


Transport Topics
A new report by the American Society of Civil Engineers released January 12 explores the economic impacts from underfunded roads, bridges, ports and rails throughout the U.S. infrastructure.


Food Dive
The pandemic's imprint on the food industry can be seen in the healthy eating trends and innovations likely to continue into 2021. Fueled by new, plant-based options, global flavors and tech-enhanced foods, food manufacturers and product developers are listening to changing consumer demands.

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Euler Hermes
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Red Classic Transportation Services, LLC
Forager Logistics

Food Business News
Tyson Foods announced a planned expansion of its Vernon, Texas bacon processing plant slated for completion in March 2021, and home to the company's iconic Wright Brand bacon. The move will facilitate current demand, up more than 29% since 2017, and allow for additional growth.


Freight rates jumped in December an impressive 13% year-over-year, according to the Cass Information System, based on approximately $28 billion in annual freight payments with surges in spot pricing during the second half of 2020.


In response to the growing driver shortage problem, as well as COVID-19-related delays in CDL issuance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule in December that may ease testing standards that some claim are too restrictive, but which may also open the door to an increase in CDL fraud.

Food for Thought
Alliance Shippers Inc.
By utilizing Alliance Shippers Inc.’s refrigerated fleet for dry commodities, shippers receive the same premium services as those who ship temperature-sensitive goods. This includes expedited rail service, complete satellite visibility, GPS tracking, cargo capacity greater than most 53-foot domestic containers, and a dedicated team committed to extraordinary customer service.
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