Below is a brief anecdotal history of FISA presented with many thanks to FISA Life Member, Karl Girton, who was President of the FISA Board of Directors from 1974 to 1976. As volunteer FISA historian, Karl saved and compiled a comprehensive history of FISA including early correspondence, newsletters and descriptions of meetings. Without his diligence, the history of FISA would not have been preserved.
Dairy Supply Club formed to increase purchasing power through combined purchases
Dairy Supply Club formally reorganized into the Dairy Suppliers Foundation and incorporated in New Jersey.
DSF dissolved and formally reorganized as Food Industry Supply Association.
First membership list includes 30 Distributors; some of whom are members today.
Membership meeting held in Naples, FL.
Executive Director Pete Weidenbruch dies and succeeded by Fred King.
Association headquarters moved to Sedona, AZ.
First Distributor/Manufacturer Conference held in Oconomowoc, WI.
Fred King moves and headquarters relocated to Caldwell, ID.
Manufacturers permitted to join Association as Associate Members.
Fred King retires and replaced by Tom Watkins. Association headquarters moved to TN.
Tom Watkins retires and replaced by Jenny Reibsome. Headquarters are in MI.
Stella Jones hired as Executive Director and headquarters moved to Greensboro, NC.
By-laws are changed to permit Manufacturers to be full members of FISA and serve on The FISA Board of Directors.
Logo tagline changed to read “Promoting Distribution Hygienic Processing.