The Illinois Food Retailers Association is a non-profit trade association dedicated to the growth and profitability of locally owned and owner-operated retail food stores and the suppliers that service them. For each of its members, IFRA membership strengthens the link to the food industry at-large and provides industry specific programs, essential and timely information about general industry topics and legislative and regulatory issues that affect their business.

In 1925 four brothers named Broman founded a small retail butchers association — the forerunner of the present day Illinois Food Retailers Association. They hoped this new association would create a forum to exchange ideas and plans.

The 1940s ushered in a new era in the retail grocery industry with the advent of the larger, self-service stores, which were the beginnings of the modern day supermarket. Many of the butchers of the time expanded their operations to include general food items. To reflect these changes, the organization’s name was changed to the Chicago Area Food Dealers Association.

In 1952, a downstate organization known as the Illinois Food Dealers Association began to compete for membership in the Chicago area. When the National Association of Retail Grocers granted the exclusive franchise for the State of Illinois to the Chicago Food Dealers Association, the two organizations merged.

The newly formed organization was called the Associated Food Retailers of Illinois. Their office was located at 500 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago.

In 1968, the organization’s board of directors voted to change the name of the group from the Association Food Retailers of Illinois to the Illinois Food Retailers Association. The new name, they believed better represented the forward-looking nature of the association.

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630-627-8100 ext. ?

Illinois Food Retailers Association
1919 S. Highland Ave.
Lombard, IL 60148
Fax: 630-627-8106