Participation in IFRA programs and services offers a host of benefits to anyone involved in the food industry. IFRA provides timely and essential information that directly impacts your business and offers a host of programs that strengthens the link to the food industry at-large.

Retailer Application

Associate Application

The IFRA Education Foundation assists eligible students affiliated with IFRA member companies with the cost of college education through the scholarship program. Part-time employees that are full-time students and children of full-time employees are eligible for scholarships. Members can also establish their own scholarship program utilizing the Foundation’s administration.

IFRA’s PAC is very active in both fund raising and fund distribution to support statewide campaigns of individuals responsive to the needs of the membership. Legislative representation is one of the most important services provided by the Illinois Food Retailers Association. The Illinois Food Retailers Association represents industry’s interest before the Illinois General Assembly and state regulatory agencies. IFRA’s government relations efforts in conjunction with the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) has made us a strong, effective voice in Springfield, and has resulted in both the passage and defeat of many significant bills directly affecting your business. 

2018 Sponsors

Each year, monetary contributions are provided by companies which help to underwrite the cost of the Annual Conference & Expo.  With most sincere gratitude, we salute the following companies who supported the Association through the Sponsorship Program.

Platinum Sponsors:

Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services

Associated Wholesale Grocers

Illinois Retail Merchants Association

Lipari Foods

SuperValu Midwest Region


Diamond Sponsors:

Certco, Inc.

Dean Foods Company

KeHE Distributors

Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.

Gold Sponsor:

Coca Cola Great Lakes Division

Silver/Reception Sponsors:

Berkot’s Super Foods

Coca Cola Great Lakes Division

Niemann Foods

Pepsi Beverages Company

Retail Data Systems of Illinois

Bronze Sponsors:

Anheuser Busch

Goya Foods, Inc.

Miller Coors

Shullsburg Creamery

Illinois Best Bagger Championship Competition


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On Volunteer Day, Association members assist in packing food at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The Northern Illinois Food Bank provides nutritious food and innovative feeding programs to more than 70,000 people each week. The work of the Food Bank depends on generous donors, volunteers, and community partners: the local food pantries and feeding programs, food manufacturers and retailers, companies, foundations and individuals.

Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA)

Food Marketing Institute (FMI)

National Grocers Association (NGA)