We Are CDA

Since 1962 we have connected consumers with the products they love. 

The California Distributors Association represents distributors that service the grocery and convenience store industry throughout the state.

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For over 55 years, our association has represented the distributors’ and associate members’ interests before the legislative, administrative, regulatory and executive branches of government. We are experts in government affairs and regulatory advocacy.

Since 1962 the California Distributor’s Association has helped our members meet their business goals by preventing unnecessary and harmful regulation and legislation. To ensure success, we maintain close relations with executive and regulatory personnel and with key Legislators on both sides of the aisle. Our relationships and passionate advocacy have helped build understanding about the important work our members do, and the role we play in making the communities we serve better.

In addition, we participate in key coalitions in order to work with other business groups with similar interests to effectuate a strong voice in government.

About CDA

The California Distributors Association is a non-profit California corporation. CDA's membership includes a variety of distributors that service the grocery and convenience store industry throughout the state.

Since 1962

Since 1962, we have used our team's skills to help our members meet their business goals.



We are the only association that represents California distributors.


We are stronger together, join us in protecting your business.

Advocacy Team


Dennis Loper: Executive Director

In 1977, Dennis was appointed Executive Director of the California Distributors Association—a position that he still holds today. Because CDA members are wholesale grocers who provide distribution services to convenience stores, independent grocers, and small supermarket chains, they must abide by both national and state regulations; thus, as the association’s legislative advocate, Dennis has both state and federal responsibilities.


Meghan Loper

Loper has been helping shape State policy for over a decade. She brings extensive government affairs experience advocating for private businesses and working with elected officials. Ms. Loper has a unique ability to identify policy opportunities, develop effective advocacy strategies and achieve success by utilizing her bipartisan network with key decision-makers.


David Creager

Creager’s political and legislative experience spans over a decade and across multiple disciplines. Mr. Creager served members of both houses in the legislature, has managed statewide political organizations, managed numerous political campaigns, and worked for a multi-state trade association to grow and engage membership.

"CDA's membership includes a variety of distributors that service the grocery and convenience store industry throughout the state."

Latest News

MTC Distributing Receives Commendation on 100 years of operation

Recently, MTC Distributing celebrated 100 years of operation. The Assembly members and Senator that represent the region where their facilities are located presented a resolution commending MTC on their years of service to the community and the distinction of having reached this momentous milestone. You can read that resolution below: MEMBER’S RESOLUTION By the Honorable Adam C. Gray, 21st Assembly District; the Honorable Heath Flora, 12th Assembly District; the Honorable Carlos Villapudua, 13th Assembly District; and the Honorable Anna M. Caballero, 12th Senatorial District; Relative to commending                          MTC DISTRIBUTING             WHEREAS, MTC Distributing is celebrating its one hundredth

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California Coalition for Fairness Coalition to Place Referendum on Flavored Tobacco Ban Submits More Than One Million Signatures.

The Coalition seeks to overturn SB 793, the flavored tobacco ban, signed into law earlier in 2020. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2021. Due to the number of signatures submitted and the limitations brought on by COVID-19, it is likely that the signature counting process could carry in to late February. If the referendum is certified to be placed on the ballot in 2022 the implementation of the law will be delayed until after the vote is taken, however, from Jan 1 when the law takes effect until the referendum is certified the law will need to be

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Help stop the unfair flavor ban, sign the petition today

The California Assembly is considering a new proposal, Senate Bill 793, that contains a ban of traditional flavored tobacco products that have been legal for adults for decades.  This would cost the state billions and threaten distributors and the jobs they supply across California. We are working with a coalition to  STOP the flawed SB 793, which would hurt our members when they can least afford it.  Please join with us and add your name to the petition asking your legislator to oppose SB 793. Click the link below to add your name. SIGN THE PETITION www.retailersandstoreowners.org/SB-793 SB 793 will

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ICYMI: SacBee: A cost to banning flavored tobacco

Article linked here: WHAT’S GOING ON WITH VAPING? A California bill that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products is set to go before the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee this Thursday. Currently, the bill is sitting in that committee’s suspense file. The bill has been championed by author, Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who said in a May statement that “1,300 people die every day due to tobacco related illnesses. There is no reason the most deadly product on earth needs to have a candy flavor.” It has lined up nearly 40 co-authors and is co-sponsored by Lt. Gov.

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Emergency Regulatory Relief Announced For Some Commercial Drivers.

Late last week the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. FMCSA’s declaration provides regulatory relief for certain commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for: Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. Supplies and equipment, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants, necessary for healthcare worker, patient and community safety, sanitation, and prevention of COVID-19

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6 Bay Area Counties Require “Non-Essential” Business Operations Cease

This afternoon 6 San Francisco Bay Area counties ordered that residents must shelter in place, and that all non-essential business operations will be required to cease. This order was enacted to help prevent the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus. The affected counties are Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin. The entire order can be read HERE. Under the Order of the Health Officer, essential businesses, and the industries that supply essential businesses are allowed to continue operations. The important sections within the document that define which businesses are considered essential are as follows: f.

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