Food and beverage distributors and wholesalers receive products from vendors and suppliers and send it to food based businesses throughout Oregon. In this way, the distributors and wholesalers stock the shelves and pantries of supermarkets, commercial kitchens and other food based businesses throughout The Beaver State.
Take the time to learn about some of the terms associated with Oregon food and beverage distributors and wholesalers so that you can negotiate the best contact for your food based business. Here are some of those terms with some informational resources to get you started.
Food safety, HACCP
Food safety refers to the precautions that distributors take so that their meat, produce, dairy and other perishable foods are kept at the proper temperature during processing and shipping. The Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point is a program in conjunction with the FDA and USDA that sets and maintains food safety standards as well as provides protocols for dealing with contaminated food. Many distributors detail their food safety programs and HACCP programs on their websites.
Frozen at sea
Frozen at sea is a process where fish are caught utilizing a hook line technique that minimizes bruising. This allows the fish to be quickly processed and frozen within in two hours of being out of the water. Hence the term, frozen at sea.
Full service merchandising
Full service merchandising refers to a solution offered by larger food and beverage distributors where the company stocks the supermarket shelves for a multitude of products over many different categories. Traditionally, several different distributors would stock each section of the store. The use of full service merchandising eliminates the need for multiple distributors working in the same aisle.
Cold chain solutions
Cold chain solutions is the process of maintaining food at a safe temperature during the distribution process. Cold chain solutions need to be implemented for items such as meat, poultry, eggs, dairy and seafood. Many distributors detail the cold chain solutions on their websites.
Suppliers, supplier list
The suppliers or supplier list refers to the list of companies that send their product to the food distributor or wholesaler. Many distributors list their suppliers on their website so that food based businesses know what product brands they may order.
The American Restaurant Association publishes market reports that provide business information for multiple food categories, detailing everything from the cost of specific food products to consumption trends. Food and beverage distributors and wholesalers in Oregon often work with supermarkets and commercial kitchens to fill orders based on these trends.