Any company that is a dealer of commercial food service equipment
and/or supplies that meets the following membership criteria may
apply for membership. These qualifications reinforce FEDA's
commitment to a strong dealer/manufacturer partnership and
recognize the value-added functions performed by dealers for the
manufacturer and end user customer:
Must be located in a commercial location.
Maintains a business operation, which includes office space and
showroom or warehouse that is a minimum total of 5,000 square
feet, carry a minimum inventory of $300,000 of food service
equipment and/or supplies at any given time and is available to
the public. This may include categories of business models such
as Full Service dealers with showrooms; Cash and Carry dealers;
Design/Contract dealers; Chain Logistics dealers; Catalogue and
Internet dealers or others based upon meeting all the criteria
included in the FEDA membership Requirements contained herein.
Business must have purchased $3,000,000 of food service equipment
or supplies in the last 12 months on a direct basis from at least
seven (7) foodservice equipment & supplies manufacturers.
Employs professional sales representatives who can provide the
technical assistance required by the customer.
Provides delivery service, set-up and demonstration of new
Extends credit to the customer.
The business shall not be owned wholly or in part by any end user
customer or owned in part by an entity owned by an end user
customer. If the dealership is owned wholly or in part by another
company the name of the company and the nature of its business
must be supplied to the association with the application for
review by the Executive Committee.
If an applicant is owned by a parent company; the shareholders of
the parent company may be a Private Equity Group, Conglomerate or
other Umbrella type organization / investor as long as those
entities are not involved in business activities that the FEDA
executive committee considers inconsistent with the mission of
FEDA such as, but not limited to, food distributors, end users
of foodservice equipment or food service equipment manufacturers.
Additionally, if a current member of FEDA is involved in business
activities which the FEDA executive committee considers
inconsistent with the mission of FEDA, the continued membership
of said FEDA member shall be reviewed by the executive committee.
Business must have been in continuous operation for a minimum of
36 months prior to making application. When a member's ownership
changes, the association must be notified and the new ownership
must meet all the existing membership requirements.
A majority (51%) of the volume must be devoted to food service
equipment and/or supplies of the dealer, and the sales must be
to end users such as restaurant and institutions that prepare and
serve food to the public or specific closed community such as
business, school, government agency or other institutions with
This application must be sponsored by another member who has been
in good standing for at least 24 months who has reliable knowledge
that the applicant meets all membership requirements. Then upon
approval of a majority of the Board of Directors, the applicant
may become a member of the association. All applications for
membership shall be submitted with payment of not less than one
full years dues. When the application is approved, such dues
shall be proportionately applied.