Why is a “Food” Distributor Different?

"Food" is the key word in "Food Distribution" and understanding the specific operational challenges facing a “Food Distributor” is the first step in becoming more efficient and profitable. There are two distinct differences in Food Distribution that ripple through the entire operation. “Food” is perishable and Customer ordering is repetitive. Knowing and understanding the challenges these distinctions generate will significantly enhance your operational efficiency.

The key differentiator’s of a “Food Distributor” are:

  • The need to manage Repetitive Customer orders
  • The need to manage products that expires
  • The need to sell in multiple units of measure
  • The need to have multiple pricing scenarios
  • The need to have Product Traceability
  • The need to manage continuous fluctuations in inventory
  • The need to manage routes




There are differences in being a Food Distributor and without being able to overcome these differences will cause a lack of efficiency, potentially lost sales and poor Customer relations.

Click on the links below to learn more about the challenges of a Food Distributor:

  1. Customer Ordering
  2. Delivering Orders
  3. Inventory Control
  4. Business Performance Analysis
  5. Food Recalls

There is an abundance of information regarding “Lot Traceability” and “Product Recalls” on the internet and how every Food Distributor should have a Recall Plan in place. To help you create your own plan, we have provided an outline of the 10 parts of a Food Recall Plan and a template that you can use to create your own Recall Plan.

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