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MDVA Convention

The MDVA Convention is a family friendly event. We encourage you to bring your entire family to enjoy all of our great events. Registration fees include meal tickets for: Friday Lunch and Dinner Banquet, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
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About MDVA:
The mission of the Michigan Distributors and Vendors Association (MDVA) is to advocate for, and support the distributors and food service industries of Michigan.

The Michigan Distributors and Vendors Association (MDVA) is a non-profit, statewide business association representing two very signiicant business segments in the grocery and convenience products industry.

MDVA Distributors are the wholesale distributors of grocery and convenience products to the retail market place. With tobacco one of the many items we sell, we are licensed Michigan tobacco wholesalers, and collect the tobacco excise tax on behalf of the state. Last year alone, tobacco wholesalers collected and remitted over $1.2 billion dollars in excise taxes to the state of Michigan. Their wholesaler distributor members service retail accounts in every county of the state.

MDVA Vendors are the vending machine operators. Their vendor members operate snack food machines, as well as office coffee and food programs in facilities and accounts throughout the state.

MDVA members provide the middle link between manufacturers and the retailers of products you purchase every day. Out 100 member and associate members employ more than 2,000 individuals with an annual payroll of $150 million and nearly $3 billion in annual sales.

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Columbian Scores 100% on Audit

The Columbian Distribution Services (CDS) division recently scored a perfect 100% on a rigorous customer audit.  The customer, who prefers to remain anonymous, performs semi-annual unannounced (surprise!) audits of our facility, processes, and systems.  The all-day audit covers 8 key aspects of warehouse operations: Physical Security & Monitoring, Electronic Monitoring, Access Control, Product Storage, Operational Documentation, Warehouse Operation Processes, Administrative Operations, and Physical Inventory.

While the CDS crew has consistently earned satisfactory marks over the years, this is the second year in a row they’ve achieved a perfect score.  Bill Ekberg, senior facility manager, had this to say about the score:

“The audit has changed over the last few years.  It used to measure how your operation looked on that day, but now it measures your operational performance over time.  It’s much tougher to pass, let alone earn a perfect score.  This accomplishment is a testament to the day-to-day rigor with which we treat this customer’s business.”

Michigan Supply Chain Innovation Summit

Michigan Supply Chain Innovation Summit


Michigan Supply Chain Innovation Summit, August 30-31, 2015, in Dearborn, Michigan, will be a not-to-be-missed event, especially for business leaders looking for insights into the logistics and supply chain innovations beyond the horizon of current best practices.  Topics will include complexity management, talent development and leadership, omni channel supply chain integration, and much more.

This inaugural event reflects a new emphasis on the importance and priority of the state’s supply chain network. Every company and every job in Michigan is affected by the supply chain, which includes logistics, warehousing, distribution, inventory management, production planning, staff optimization, data integration and much more.  The timing for this Summit is right, as the MEDC is implementing Michigan’s Logistics and Supply Chain Strategic Plan with public sector and private sector partners across the state.  The MEDC and Prima Civitas have partnered to coalesce and showcase some of Michigan’s best supply chain leaders, innovators, practitioners, and ideas – all world-class strategic assets in business and economic development. 


Distribution Centers Certified USDA Organic


Columbian Logistics Network is pleased to announce that all of it’s facilities have been re-certified as a USDA Organic distribution facilities. “Customers who produce organic products operate under very stringent requirements in order to retain the ‘organic’ designation. Our certification gives those companies the assurance that the ‘final mile’ between production and products landing on consumer tables will preserve their product’s organic integrity” States Jim Gadziemski, General Manager of Warehousing.OTCO-USDA

The audit is conducted by the Oregon Tilth, a nonprofit research and education organization and USDA National Organic Program (NOP) accredited certifier. The OTCO system insures strict production standards to protect producers and buyers of organic products.After submitting an application that also doubles as an Organic Handling Plan, a trained organic inspector from Oregon Tilth will review all aspects of the plan and stage an onsite inspection of the physical facilities. Basic requirements of OTCO include record keeping, pest management, contamination,  co-mingling avoidance.

If you have questions about Columbian Logistics Network’s organic certification, please contact Mandy VanHaitsma at 616-460-5489 or amavan@columbian.us