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Food distribution is not as simple as a food service operator calling up a food producer or factory to stock the shelves.
The process benefits significantly from the involvement of a food distributor.
But there are various types of food distributors, and each one comes with unique benefits.
In order to fully understand the food service supply chain, it’s essential to understand the role of food distributors and types of distribution companies operating in today’s logistics landscape.
In this post, you’re going to learn about how food distribution works and how it benefits manufacturers, food service operators, and ultimately, the end user.
What Does A Food Distributor Do?
A food distributor’s primary function lies in providing food and related items (such as items used to consume food—like cups, plates, napkins etc.) to food service operators.
What’s a food service operator?
A food service operator can be any entity that provides food or related products. A chef at a restaurant, a grocery store, convenience store, school or hospital cafeteria can all qualify as examples.
But food distribution is much more than the simple act of transporting food from a manufacturer to a food service operator.
In fact, some types of food service distributors don’t physically deliver goods directly to the food service operator (more on that later).