Candies are confectioneries. They are also known as sweets: the term used to describe them varies among all countries. Candies are products made with one major ingredient. In the United States of America, candies refer to both chocolate-based confections and sugar-based confections. In other countries, chocolate-based confections are referred to as chocolate, while sugar-based confections are referred to as sweets. While flour-based confections are referred to as cakes, pastries, or snacks.
Snacks, on the other hand, come in a variety of forms. Some come in natural forms, some cooked forms, some frozen, processed, and dried forms. Snacks can be eaten before, between, or after meals. Some snacks sometimes serve as food. Snacks come in different forms. Some come in edible forms, savory forms, and liquid forms.
Candy and snacks are specialty foods and require extraordinary handling. And would need special care in storage and delivery.
Types of Snack and Candy Distributors
There are local and national candy and snack distributors.
Local candy and snack distributors work with less brand recognition and also distribute within a smaller geographic area to a small group of customers, most retailers, and final consumers. Local snack and candy distributors are, however, easier to manage and are more engaged with manufacturers.
National candy and snack distributors, on the other hand, distribute products across the country. They distribute to wholesalers, retailers, restaurants, chain stores, kitchens, and various stores across the country. However, it is important to note that National candy and snack distributors would not want to work with new candy and snack producers or producers that are still struggling to keep and maintain a customer base.
New manufacturers would only be able to work with them if they’re able to prove that their products would cater to a need in the market. National distributors often establish relationships with key wholesalers and retailers. If a producer can land a deal with them, it would be extremely advantageous. Such a producer stands to gain a lot from the business relationship.
KEHE is an example of a national food distributor. They provide supplies to over thirty thousand stores across the country. They also have more than twelve thousand customer network that helps to grow their brands. KEHE distributes different kinds of snacks and confectioneries, amongst other products. The company distributes to only customers across and within the United States.
Kroger Distribution Center is a local distribution center located in Houston TX, Texas. It offers distribution services for twenty-four hours. It has different departments, which include a supermarket, a bakery, a deli, and more. Kroger mostly supplies retail customers and final customers. The store, like KEHE, sells snacks and candy and other food products.