AFFLINK Says that Soon Food Service Distributors Will be Called
“Foodservice Technology Companies”
The foodservice industry in the U.S. is enormous. We’re talking about food sold in grocery stores, online merchandisers, drug stores, convenience stores, grab-and-go outlets, and more.
Altogether, sales in these outlets was approximately $6 trillion as of 2017.* What these statistics don’t tell us, however, is how all of this food gets to these retailers.
“It’s being distributed throughout the country by an assortment of different types of foodservice distributors,” says Michael Wilson, vice president of marketing for AFFLINK, a leader in supply chain management in the foodservice industry. “These distributors purchase, store, sell, and then deliver food products to retailers throughout the country and Canada.”
Because distributors that focused on other industries are now looking into foodservice distribution, Wilson says the first thing they need to know is the different terms used to describe foodservice distributors.
Grower-shippers. Grower-shippers grow and distribute their own products directly to food outlets.
“We’ll soon be hearing another term to describe foodservice distributors,” adds Wilson. “They are becoming ‘Foodservice Technology Companies.’ This is because of their growing use of technology to ensure food safety, traceability, trackability, and [to] meet regulations.”
*Most recent years stats are available
Editors please note: The word “AFFLINK” is always capitalized.
Michael Wilson, vice president of marketing and packaging
1400 AFFLINK Place
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
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