COVID-19 Update: IDDBA 2020 canceled
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3/31/2020
A letter to our IDDBA Community,

We are disheartened to announce that IDDBA 2020 will be canceled this year due to the rapid COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. We remained optimistic that we would be able to put the show on in Indianapolis on May 31-June 2. The exponential progression of the virus continues.  With the global impacts and hardships our members, community, and industry continue to face while carrying the daunting responsibility to keep food on our tables during these difficult times, we had to make the unavoidable decision to cancel.

While we continued to plan the show as scheduled, the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams’ announcement on March 29, 2020 deeming Indianapolis, Indiana as an emerging hotspot for COVID-19 makes it painfully evident that continuing to plan the show puts the health and well-being of those we serve and our partners at risk.

We understand that our tradeshow is an important contributor to the growth of the industry and business, but in these unprecedented times our top priority is the health and safety of all attendees, exhibitors, staff, volunteers, and industry partners. We have cultivated a strong and supportive Community over the years, which is a key component in order to keep persevering and navigating through these upcoming months of uncertainty.
 

Registration and exhibitor fees will be fully refunded. IDDBA 2020 exhibitors will have two options:

 
  • Full credit toward IDDBA 2021
  • Full refund of fees paid to IDDBA for IDDBA 2020

Exhibitors are asked to notify IDDBA by May 1 with their decision by emailing exhibits@iddba.org. We will be in contact with further details for our registered attendees and exhibitors via email.

Thank you to all IDDBA supporters and volunteers who worked tirelessly to plan IDDBA 2020. Your work and contributions to our mission have not gone unseen nor unappreciated. We can only look forward from this point on, and we have our eyes set on IDDBA 2021 in Houston, June 6 – 8.

Thank you for your understanding, patience, and continued support. Please stay healthy. Take care of your fellow associates, your families and yourselves.
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael J. Eardley
President & CEO
 
Our staff is currently working remotely as directed by the Wisconsin stay at home order. Calls to our direct line 608-310-5000 are being transferred to staff. Please leave a message in the event we are experiencing a high volume of calls and we will return your call.
3/26/2020
See how COVID-19 is impacting the industry and consumer trends. Research Coordinator Abrielle Backhaus shares recent data on IDDBA's Community site.
3/24/2020
The last several days have been increasingly difficult for our members in the foodservice sector. One of the biggest opportunities is how to get available products from suppliers to the essential grocery retail channels and ultimately to the consumers.
 
We encourage members to go to our Community site and share your needs; whether you have goods and services available or are in need of goods and services for the consumer during these difficult times.
 

Here is an example of information to include:

  • Name of Your Business
  • Products you have capacity to sell
  • Who and how to contact
  • Certifications you carry
Access our Community portal here.
3/20/2020
The effects of COVID-19 continue to change. One constant is that the health and safety of our members and the communities we serve is our top priority. We recognize the amazing work being done throughout our industry to do what we all go to work for everyday and that is to ultimately to feed people. The world is seeing what we have always known. Food is a connector. Sometimes those throughout the supply chain are forgotten. But now, the world recognizes you as unsung heroes.

We recognize the countless challenges our members, the industry, show exhibitors, and attendees have faced and will continue to face during these unprecedented times. 

We want to share an update with the current and ongoing actions we are taking.

IDDBA constantly monitors the situation and developments of COVID-19. By working closely with federal, state, local, and public health officials we remain optimistic that IDDBA 2020 will be held as scheduled in Indianapolis May 31 – June 2. We are here to listen to, talk with, and provide answers to as many questions from our members, exhibitors, show attendees, and industry experts as we can. As we navigate this situation as a community, the IDDBA staff is available and continues to work diligently to plan for the show. We are here to answer any questions, comments, or concerns during this time. Please reach out through email.

Additionally, the following measures have been taken to address COVID-19 and provide our community with resources:
  • We have gathered a collection of resources and information to share with you here. We will be continuously updating this page with any future information or resources we can to keep everyone informed.
  • We are working internally to keep our staff safe and healthy by asking them to work remotely to protect themselves and those around them.
  • We encourage IDDBA members to take advantage of our online IDDBA member forum to share information, ask questions, and stay connected with each other.
  • We continue to work on the many resources we provide 365 days a year including research, education and mentoring.
These challenging times require us all to remain hopeful and vigilant. We will be communicating information and resources via IDDBA.org and our online member community. If you are searching for answers, please reach out.
 
3/11/2020
Resources for the Dairy, Deli, Bakery, Cheese, and Foodservice Sectors
Food safety and the health and wellness of consumers and employees is of the utmost importance to the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA). Given the potential impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on consumer and employee safety, food retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, and other businesses within the fresh food sectors may have questions on its impact to their operations and what steps they should consider to ensure the health and wellness of consumers, employees, and visitors to their places of business. 

To assist and educate our members and the industry, IDDBA has compiled the following list of resources:

IDDBA Resources The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) The Food Industry Association (FMI)
3/3/2020
IDDBA's members are located in countries throughout the world, and we're working hard to support our community by learning about and preparing for COVID-19. Those whose health has already been impacted have our heartfelt support. Furthermore, it is important for us to be clear-eyed and look to the facts about this situation, and take care to respond appropriately.
 
Ours is a global industry. Food connects us all, literally and figuratively, and we care about every member of our community. IDDBA has long championed thinking about and preparing for the future, and so we look at this situation in a similar way.
 
Based on guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our focus will be to provide resources that help you adapt to this fast-moving situation. Here is a current list of resources available for you - check back often for more updates:
  IDDBA is staying up-to-date in monitoring guidance from both the CDC and WHO. If any developments impact the upcoming IDDBA 2020 in Indianapolis, we will make prompt announcements to that effect. If you have any questions about this, please contact IDDBA Vice President of Marketing, Whitney Atkins, at watkins@iddba.org or 608-310-5000.
 
Our community is strong. We will face the challenge as we always have, together, as a community. With good, up-to-date information, we can respond appropriately and help contribute to stopping the virus as well. IDDBA is committed to keeping the safety and health of its community as a priority, as well as cultivating the great work and opportunities we build for each other when we come together as a community. With proper information and planning, we will continue to be resilient and thrive together.