Let's play a game. Here are links for two of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States - SYSCO and US Foodservice.
Together, they serve about 650,000 customers (restaurants, hotels, hospitals, etc) each day.
Here's the challenge. Are you ready?
How quickly can you find branded manufacturer product on each web site? Go ahead - give it a try!SYSCOUS Foodservice
Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick....
Take your time. Try again.This is quite a challenge, because as of today's date, I'm unable to find ANY manufacturer branded product listed on their web sites.
If I'm a foodservice operator coming to either of these sites for the first time, I'm under the impression that they carry nothing but their own brands.
This is the foodservice industry, where brands are HIDDEN behind kitchen walls. If distributors COULD swap out branded product for their own, without any discernible difference in taste or quality - wouldn't they do it in a second?