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timeline

2000
1962 Origin to 1982 Southeastern Food Cooperative Association (SFCA) was founded.
SFCA members were located in Southeastern U.S, with membership bordered on the west by Affiliated Foods of Dallas and the north by Richfood, Richmond, VA.
An informal group, SFCA members alternated hosting and facilitating Share Groups to share ideas and best practices.
1983 Hillar Moore, President / CEO of Associated Grocers Baton Rouge is SFCA chairman.
Four of 1983...s members (that are still ROFDA members) were:
  • Associated Grocers Baton Rouge
  • Associated Grocers Birmingham
  • Associated Grocers Florida
  • Affiliated Foods Amarillo
1984 New Member
Affiliated Foods Midwest, Norfolk,NE joins SFCA
Spring Conference held at Opryland Hotel
1985 In 1985 Retailer Owned Research Company was formed as a cooperative by 19 SFCA warehouses to develop a software application. Over the past twenty-five years, consolidations, mergers, and Member-owner organizational shifts altered RORC...s makeup. A software written ...for retailers by retailers,... today RORC is installed in over 700 retail sites in 28 states.
1988 Name Change Name is changed to reflect the national scope of the organization:Retailer Owned Food Distributors & Associates (ROFDA).
1989 New Member Associated Wholesalers Inc. Robesonia, PA joins ROFDA.
1990 Jim Morton hired as ROFDA...s first executive director.
1991 New Member Olean Wholesale Grocery Cooperative, Olean, NY joins ROFDA.
1992 New Member
Associated Food Stores, SLC, UT joins ROFDA.

Ferrell Franklin hired as ROFDA Assistant Director.
1993 New Member
Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Co., Bessemer AL becomes a ROFDA member.
1996 Associated Grocers New England, Pembroke, NH joins ROFDA.
ROFDA, previously a nonprofit association incorporates as a cooperative.
1997 CERTCO, Madison WI joins ROFDA
1999 Two New Members:
  • URM Stores, Spokane, WA
  • Unified Grocers, Los Angeles

AG of the South Resigns
2000 AG of the South rejoins ROFDA
Ferrell Franklin becomes President/CEO of ROFDA
2004Associated Grocers of Seattle joins ROFDA.
2007 Assoicated Grocers of Seattle merges with Unified Grocers Central Grocer, Joliet IL becomes a member of ROFDA.
50-years2012 Francis Cameron succeeds Ferrell Franklin as President/CEO

ROFDA Celebrates 50 years
2013
  • New Purpose Statement
  • New Mission Statement
  • New Branding
  • New Website Launched
  • 14 members
  • Member Employees: 12883
  • Wholesale Revenue: $16.6 billion
  • Conventional Grocery Stores # 7,630
  • Retail Employees: 205,515
  • Retail Sales: $42.5 billion
2014
  • 14 members
  • Member Employees: 12386
  • Wholesale Revenue: $17.9 billion
  • Member Stores: 6046
  • Non-Member Stores: 3008
  • Retail Employees: 265,565
  • Retail Sales: $44.1 billion