The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) is a trade association serving the foodservice distribution industry. Its members include manufacturers, distributors, and buying groups who service the foodservice industry. Their largest membership base is from North America but they represent the industry internationally as well. IFDA traces its history to 1906 when the National Wholesale Grocers' Association (NWGA) was founded to promote food safety and represent the industry to government. In 1969, IFDA was created as a division of NAWGA to represent the specific needs of foodservice distribution. Eventually, IFDA began independent operation on January 1, 2003.