Below are some frequently asked questions to help you select the right food service distributor to meet your needs:
What’s the Difference Between a Broadline Distributor and a System Distributor?
Broadline distributors have a wider array of products and deal with more customers than system distributors. System distributors typically have fewer clients and sell a more targeted range of products. They cater specifically to the needs of their clients, like restaurants and catering companies.
What is a Food Service Redistributor?
Redistributors buy products in bulk from several vendors, then break shipments down and recombine them for customers. Shopping with a redisributor is convenient for businesses who need smaller quantities of many products.
What Variety of Products Do Distributors Carry?
Food service distributors carry fresh and frozen produce, meats, and fish. They also carry bakery goods and packaged foods. In addition to food, distributors sell paper goods, plastic ware, and other preparation and packaging necessities.
Are There Minimum Order Requirements?
Some distributors are geared toward bulk sales only while others break down pallets in to smaller quantities. Whether you’re looking to stock a grocery store with large orders or a small restaurant there is a food service distributor who can meet your needs. Call any of the distributors on this page to ask about their ordering requirements.
Who Uses Food Service Distributors?
Virtually any retail business that sells food products works with food service distributors. Caterers, restaurants, and grocers all work with one or more distributors to get the food products, preparation, and packaging supplies they need. Other organizations that work with distributors include hospitals, schools, and corporate cafeterias.