Food & Beverage Association
The Food & Beverage Industry in the Joliet Region Brings leaders from within the industry to collaborate, share best practices, advocate for needs and priorities, and drive economic growth.
The Joliet Region Food and Beverage Association (JRFBA) was established after interest surfaced about forming a strong and unified voice from the food and beverage industry in the Joliet region due to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, the leadership of the group have decided to pause programs and events for the JRFBA. The decision was made as a result of an overall feeling that for the time being, the group had best served its members with getting back on their feet. Periodic information sharing will continue and the framework will stay in place if and when a need arises to be addressed by the voice of this group.
The mission of the JRFBA is to bring leaders from the food and beverage industry together to collaborate, share best practices, advocate for industry needs and priorities, and drive economic growth. The JRFBA believes that a growing and innovative food and beverage industry is vital to a prosperous Joliet region.
Chamber leaders began meeting with the group after the first of the year and have been meeting since then to finalize the overall goals and impact of their vision. The JRFBA will be open to chamber members and non-members just like current sub-group structures. A board of directors will meet on a monthly basis to ensure the mission of the group is being carried out through various programs and events for their members.
As the mission states, the main areas of focus for the newly created group will collaboration amongst owners and managers, the sharing of best practices within the industry, advocacy, and assisting with ensuring economic growth
“All of those involved in running an establishment know quite well both the challenges and enjoyment that come with being in the industry. This group will bring individuals together to form bonds, use our resources to tackle tough issues, unleash talents, and support all in away that we can collectively rise to the top of our profession.”
– Tom Grotovsky
The Great American Bagel and The Unforgettable Chef©.
The Joliet Region Food and Beverage Association is a division of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The JRFBA was established in October of 2021. Membership is open to all regardless of type of business. The group will hold informative programs covering various topics of importance to group members on a monthly basis. Social and special events will also take place throughout the year.