Trade Associations

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Ice House America is proud to belong to and support these vending trade organizations and initiatives.

  • International Franchise Association (IFA)
    Celebrating 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA’s mission is to protect, enhance and promote franchising through government relations, public relations and educational programs.
  • Vet-Fran Initiative
    Vet-Fran is a strategic initiative of the International Franchise Association (IFA) that begun in 1991 offering financial incentives, training and mentoring to veterans interested in franchise business ownership. According to VetFran’s website, one of seven franchise businesses today are owned and operated by veterans of the US Military, providing more than 800,000 jobs and generating more than $40 billion in GDP. Ice House America is proud to partner with the VetFran in building upon this legacy of success through its franchise program.
  • National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA)
    NAMA is the national trade association of the food and refreshment vending, coffee service and foodservice management industries including on-site, commissary, catering and mobile. Its membership is comprised of service companies, equipment manufacturers and suppliers of products and services to operating service companies. The basic mission of the association, to collectively advance and promote the automatic merchandising and coffee service industries, still guides NAMA today as it did in 1936, the year of the organization's founding.
  • National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)
    NACS serves the convenience and fuel retailing industry by providing industry knowledge, connections and advocacy to ensure the competitive viability of its members' businesses. It is an international trade association representing more than 2,200 retail and 1,600 supplier company members. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 149,000 stores across the country, posted $681.9 billion in total sales in 2011, of which $486.9 billion were motor fuels sales