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CLINTON PRESIDENCY TO PRESENT NEW CHALLENGES FOR FOOD DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRY

 CLINTON PRESIDENCY TO PRESENT NEW CHALLENGES
 FOR FOOD DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRY
 FALLS CHURCH, Va., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The presidential administration of Gov. Bill Clinton will likely create a more activist government "that the private sector will have work with -- and watch -- very closely," according to John Block, president of the National American Wholesale Grocers' Association (NAWGA)/International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA)).
 "We're looking forward to working with President-elect Clinton on a program to strengthen the economy, because that's clearly what the voters have asked him to do," Block said. "From the standpoint of food distributors, we will work to ensure that his program reflects the needs of our member companies and our industry."
 Block said NAWGA and IFDA have concerns about President-elect Clinton's advocation of certain policies that could be damaging to the business climate, including mandatory employer-provided health care, higher taxes and a strengthened role for government regulators.
 "We hope Governor Clinton is mindful that one cannot be in favor of employment and then create policies that are damaging to employers," Block said. "The engine of any economic expansion in America the next four years has to be fueled by the free market. Government can help create the climate and set the stage for growth, but it shouldn't try to take the place of the private sector."
 The public policy priorities of NAWGA/IFDA will remain the same under a Clinton administration as they were during President Bush's tenure, according to Block.
 "We want to preserve the balance between labor and management, we want to avoid tax increases that only serve to fuel more and bigger government, and we want to foster a business climate in which food distributors can grow and prosper," Block said.
 NAWGA/IFDA is an international trade association, based in Washington, comprised of food distribution companies which primarily supply and service independent grocers and foodservice operations throughout the United States and Canada. NAWGA's 350 members operate over 1,200 distribution centers with a combined annual sales volume of over $110 billion. NAWGA members employ a work force of over 350,000 and, in combination with their independently owned customer firms, provide employment for several million people. IFDA represents member firms that sell annually $30 billion in food and related products to restaurants, hospitals and other institutional foodservice operations.
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 /CONTACT: Christopher Galen of NAWGA/IFDA, 703-532-9400/ CO: National-American Wholesale Grocers' Association; International
 Foodservice Distributors Association ST: Virginia IN: FOD SU:


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