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WASHINGTON - The FMI Board of Directors voted just before the beginning of this week's convention to approve merging Food Distributors International into FMI effective Jan. 1. Both associations have retailer and wholesaler members, and many companies belong to both.
Under the plan, which was approved by the FDI board earlier this year and is subject to ratification by the FDI membership, FDI will dissolve and split off its foodservice division as a free-standing association. FDI's retailer and wholesaler members will join FMI, and FDI president John R. Block will become president of the FMI wholesale division.
FDI changed its name in 1996 from the National-American Wholesale Grocers Association (NAWGA), the organization that resulted from the 1933 merger of two regional trade groups. The foodservice division, the International Foodservice Distributors Association, became part of NAWGA in a 1969 merger.