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Honor Foods recently returned from the Fall UniPro Foodservice conference held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, near Dallas. The event was comprised of over 1,400 suppliers and members. We were very fortunate to have a large Team presence throughout the conference, both at the booth and on the floor, including representatives from our Honor Foods Philadelphia location, our R.W. Zant location in LA, and our Sunny Morning location in Florida.
As always, we enjoyed meeting with various food vendors to learn what is new in the marketplace. From new product releases scheduled to updates on supply chain disruptions or inventory concerns, it was an excellent opportunity to learn what’s new in the marketplace and what’s emerging in the food service industry.
On the flip side, our sales Team had a chance to talk to many of our current food distribution customers to see where we can help them fill in the gaps in their business. Our Team was able to hear that products are hot at the operator level, where food distributors are looking to fill inventory gaps, and recent growth opportunities offer food distributors to fill in the gaps in their business. In addition, we had the chance to talk to potential future distribution customers to see how they are currently using foodservice redistribution and where we may have product offerings they currently don’t have access to.
Overall though, the best part of the conference is always the chance to catch up with our customers, see what’s new, and see what we can do to serve them better. This year, we even added a little excitement as many Philly fans gathered nightly to cheer on a certain local baseball Team that happens to be playing pretty well these days.
All in all, this year’s Fall UniPro conference was definitely a success. Just in case you missed it, or we didn’t get a chance to catch up at the conference, here are 11 of the most frequently asked questions our food vendor and food distribution Partners discussed with us at the event (and the answer to the questions too, of course!)
FAQs Addressed to Honor Foods During Unipro Conference
This was the most popular opening question from both food vendors and distributors, and we have a great answer. A lot! In the last few years, we have had a few new acquisitions. Sommer Maid Creamery and Sunny Morning are dairy-focused, and Sunny Morning has a large customer base in the Southeast. In addition, Sunny Morning has two facilities in Florida, one in Orlando and one in Fort Lauderdale. This has given us a great customer base in the Southeastern region with little to no regional redistribution options.
In addition, we acquired R.W. Zant in Los Angeles, California. R.W. Zant is a well-known brand with a strong fresh protein focus. They have a great pick-up business, a large customer base, and a ton of industry knowledge, with a large percentage of Team Members having been with the company for over 20 years.
Currently, our warehouse facilities in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale are dedicated to dairy due to limited freezer and dry storage space. However, we have used those to assist in moving products in certain situations, and we are delivering broadline food redistribution items in the Southeast from the Philly location in as little as 2-3 days with the help of our expert freight brokerage company Trinity Logistics.
Right now, our R.W. Zant location is operating independently on the West Coast due to the geographical separation between the two facilities and their focus on protein. However, we have a wonderful relationship with the R.W. Zant Team and have collaborated to help customers where it makes sense.
The simple answer is that regional redistributors can often penetrate markets that national redistribution companies don’t. National redistribution companies are very good at what they do, but their policies, minimums, turn times, and regulations often limit who can buy from them, in addition to what areas their trucks will physically deliver to. Regional redistribution companies like Honor Foods excel at this market segment, ultimately offering food vendors a larger pool of distributors and, ultimately, end users to get their products to.
We recognize that capacity is a huge concern for food vendors looking to Partner with us or any foodservice redistributor because a large capacity means the ability to have greater SKU count depth and the ability to order larger quantities. We are very fortunate to have a beautiful, large facility in Philadelphia that is 250,000 square feet with 115k sq. ft. of Frozen space, 75k sq. ft. of Cooler space, 60k sq. ft. of Dry storage space, often racked six high, offering 20,000+ pallet positions with the ability to expand. This has resulted in us offering 8,000 SKUs from over 400 vendors.
In total, we have 52 Sales Team Members. This includes 27 at Honor Foods in Philadelphia, 18 at R.W.Zant, and eight at Sunny Morning. These Team Members work as an extension of the manufacturer’s sales Team to promote products to foodservice distributors. Our outside sales Team Members visit foodservice distributors on location to share what is new at Honor, what new products are available, do demonstrations, share trends in the industry, and more. Our inside sales Team Members are the foodservice distributors’ direct point of contact when they place orders, and work with them to identify products that may interest them.
Yes, we do import and export. We understand that the ability to export products specifically to the Carribean market offers enormous growth potential for our Vendor Partners, and we do export to these regions. In addition, the worldwide economy in the foodservice industry has created a need for the import market to fill the gap between the demand the US foodservice industry creates in categories like fries and frozen vegetables and the capacity we can produce. Therefore, we have a strong import presence in those categories, ensuring we always have good quality products available at a competitive price.
Minimums vary by service area. Any product order from Honor Foods contributes to the minimum requirement and can be comprised of items from as many different manufacturers as you would like. In addition, our trucks are multi-temp, meaning your order can be comprised of dry, refrigerated, and frozen goods. Reach Out to Our Sales Team to learn more about the minimum requirements for your geographical area.
Yes, you can see our new product offerings on our website. We also spotlight some of these items on social media. Here is a great place to see all of our new product offerings.
Lead times can vary based on pick-up or delivery, location, order availability, and more, but often, in the Northeast, orders placed by 3 p.m. can be delivered the next morning. In the Southeast, orders from Sunny Morning are typically delivered within the next day or, if coming from our Philadelphia location, to our Southeast location in 2-3 business days.
While freight costs can vary, one advantage of working with Honor Foods is that our parent company, Burris Logistics, is a logistics company. They also have Trinity Logistics, which is freight brokerage. Because of this, our freight costs are minimal.
We love visiting the UniPro Foodservice Conference in the Fall and Spring of each year to catch up with Partners, meet new customers, and learn what’s new in the foodservice industry. It’s a great opportunity to hear from both foodservice distributors and food product suppliers about current needs and trends and how we can help. We appreciate everyone who stopped by the booth to meet our sales Team and all the food vendors who took meetings with our buyers. We can’t wait to see everyone this Spring in Washington, D.C.
About Honor Foods
Honor Foods, a Burris Logistics Company, was founded in 1949 as a redistributor of prepared foods. Since then, Honor Foods has grown into a premier provider of frozen, refrigerated, dry, and dairy products representing more than 300 brand-name food suppliers and carrying more than 3,000 items. For more information about Honor Foods, please visit honorfoods.com.