Wholesale food distributors are specialized suppliers of food products to retailers and large institutional clients. There are a wide variety of food products that are available for wholesaling and including groceries, frozen goods, fish and seafood, fruits and vegetables, meat and meat products, dairy products, and confectionery.
End consumers are given options and preferences in the packaging and form of their bulk orders, that is, wholesalers usually handle basic food processing such as peeling, cutting, packaging, and/or if particularly chosen, food products are put up for sale without any processing.
wholesale food suppliers usually operate in a storehouse or a business office and customarily do not always do business with walk-in clients since they do not have displays of their food items.
Wholesale suppliers in the market come from all sorts of specialized food items. Merchant wholesalers mainly manage the buy and sell of groceries and grocery products. Miscellaneous distributors, the systems distributors, specialize in the distribution of food items like coffee, tea, and spices.
On the other hand, specialty wholesalers focus on the wholesale distribution of frozen foods, poultry, and dairy products. There are also brokers in wholesaling food items and are commonly referred to as sales reps and do not actually deal directly with the trade but nevertheless, receive a commission.
A positive aspect for the retailers finally, that they can pay a visit to and purchase bulk products at wholesale prices in another type of wholesaler, the warehouse clubs.
A disadvantage of food products, however, is their limited shelf life. This necessitates suppliers for careful handling and for rapid and immediate but calculated "disposal" of their products.
Wholesalers' warehouse infrastructures need to meet prerequisites on their structure to ensure the proper storage according to the type of products. Such as, deep freezing equipment is necessary for food products like canned fish and ice cream.