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A complete overview of wholesale distributors for grocery stores

People interested in manufacturing a food and beverage product or those who want to find the role of distributor or retailer in the field must understand the ethics before they kick start. For example, if a person has a startup idea for a brand new commercial packaged food item, they must approach their local distributor. This distributor in turn will purchase their product and then supply them to the local grocery stores. The same is true for wholesale distributors focusing at grocery stores.

The significance of wholesale distributors for grocery stores

One of the prime functions of a wholesale distributor is to act as a catalyst between retailers and food processing or producing industries. Moreover, a wholesale distributor purchases a large number of food products and then breaks them down into smaller quantities to sell them to their retail clients. 

There are two main types of retailers they are,

1. Food consumers at home (cooked at home) and

2. Food consumers away from respective homes (cooked at restaurants, schools, hospitals and army camps and other related institution)

A distributor purchases food products of all sorts of manufactures and stores them in pallets in a large warehouse. The food distributor then packs them to various retail clients based on their purchase order. Some food product retailers also purchase inventory from their local food distributor daily in a cash form. In contrast, others purchase on a weekly or monthly basis depending on their respective sales.

What are the different types of wholesale distributors for grocery stores?

Large distributors or broad-line distributors

The large wholesale distributors purchase supplies from various companies. Moreover, they have thousands of products in their warehouse for local grocery stores. The large distributors have a supply chain for hundreds of retailers, and hence they have a large number of client networks and efficiently provide all sorts of grocery items for regular use.

Specialized or product-specific distributors

Specialty distributors concentrate on a specific product. So, they don’t provide a wide variety of grocery supplies like broad line distributors. For example, a specialized wholesale distributor of dairy products will have taken all measures and freezing solutions for dairy products. 

The specialized distributors provide items to retail outlets by transporting them in select unit vehicles. These vehicles provide favorable temperatures for products.


The micro-distributor purchases products from large distributors or dealers and sells them to individual retailers. Some retailers might not have too much capital to purchase their inventory from large distributors as they only pick large orders. Therefore, such retailers buy from their local re-distributor who offers them flexibility in orders.

What is the cash & carry distribution business in the food industry?

The cash & carry business distributors work on a simple principle of selling products only on cash. The cash and carry distributors are like wholesalers, and hence they don’t even provide any transport facility to retailers. Retailers must visit their warehouse with their vehicles to pick up their orders.

The future of food distribution is going to witness a lot of technological impacts as e-commerce platforms will seem to be an excellent opportunity for B2B clients.                               

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