Sinema Tours Shamrock Foods Distribution Center, Discusses Industry Challenges and Opportunities

Oct 20, 2022

Arizona family-owned and operated company has grown into a national leader in food distribution and more

PHOENIX – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema toured Shamrock Foods’ Distribution Center and spoke with Shamrock Foods executives about workforce challenges and industry opportunities. 
Shamrock Foods Company specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of food and food-related products through a family of companies including Shamrock Foods, the fifth largest foodservice distributor in the country and the largest independent distributor in the West, and Shamrock Farms, one of the largest milk companies in the nation. In March, Shamrock Foods Company celebrated 100 years of service.
“I’m thankful for the firsthand look at Shamrock Foods’ impressive food distribution operations. We’ll continue partnering with companies like Shamrock to address inflation and find lasting solutions to the challenges facing Arizona businesses,” said Sinema.
Prior to the tour of the food distribution center, Sinema spoke with industry leaders about a variety of topics facing Shamrock Foods Company and other Arizona businesses including labor shortages and workplace rights.
The Senator heard support for the DRIVE-Safe Act – legislation allowing drivers under the age of 21 to drive commercial motor vehicles across state lines by completing an apprenticeship. Sinema successfully negotiated the DRIVE-Safe Act’s three-year pilot program into her bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law, allowing time to produce the safety and retention data needed for Congress to enact the program long-term. In the meantime, the pilot program will alleviate the driver shortage facing producers and trucking companies.
On workforce challenges, Sinema stressed the need for solutions addressing the short and long-term labor shortage and workforce issues, and pledged to continue bringing colleagues together to help both workers and employers in Arizona thrive.
Last month, the Arizona Farm Bureau presented Sinema with the “Friend of the Farm Bureau” award – a distinction she has earned twice before for her work supporting Arizona’s agriculture and, most recently, securing historic investments for drought resilience in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law and Inflation Reduction law.