Tips on Working
with a Food Distributor in Thailand

Tips on Working with a Food Distributor in Thailand

February 17, 2022

How To Start Working With A Food Distributor in Thailand

Working with a food distributor in Thailand offers many benefits, including quality control, pricing management, and timely delivery. If you operate a restaurant, grocery store or food business, working with a food distributor could greatly reduce the stress of running your operations. This article will give you some tips on finding and working with a good food distributor that meets your needs. 

Think About Your Distribution Needs

The first step to evaluating potential distributors is understanding your own distribution needs. This will save you time by establishing which distributors are right for you before scheduling any meetings. Below are some of the main factors to consider.

Area of Distribution

If you have multiple locations across the country, you will need a distributor that can send their products to each location. This can become even more difficult if you have locations in different countries. Think about the scope of your business now and where you plan to expand in the future as well, so you can choose the best distributor to fit your company’s needs.

Product Types

Another aspect to consider when searching for a distributor is the type of products you need. If you require a wide range of products, it may be more cost-effective to find a distributor who can provide all the products you need, rather than working with multiple distributors for different products. On the other hand, if you require some very niche products, you may need to rely on smaller distributors who specialise in the particular products you need. Take a look at your various product requirements and select the best combination of distributors to simplify your supply needs. 

Company Values

Does your company place special emphasis on affordable products? Do you cater to specific customer needs, such as dietary requirements? Or do you prioritise products that meet certain quality standards, like those made with only organic ingredients or without added preservatives? When looking for a food distributor, you need to consider your company values and the types of products that match those values. You will want to ensure that you work with a distributor that aligns well with your values to help you maintain your brand integrity. 

Included Services

The final factor to think about when hiring a food distributor is the services included in your contract with them. Each distributor has different services that they can incorporate into their contracts. In addition to supplying products, some distributors may provide production, transportation and marketing or sales strategy services. Take a look at your company’s service needs when considering distributor options to see which one will be the best fit.

Meet with Potential Distributors

Now that you have a good understanding of your company’s needs, you can begin meeting with potential distributors. You will want to discuss the points mentioned above to confirm that they meet all of your requirements. Afterwards, you will then need to discuss what your working relationship will look like. 

It is important to be very clear about your expectations and needs throughout this discussion to avoid any misunderstandings early on. This includes being transparent about costs, product quality, communication and record-keeping methods, and the specific services to be included in your contract with them.  

Working with Exotic Food

If you are looking for a food distributor in Thailand, Exotic Food could be the perfect option for you. We distribute a wide range of Thai food products, specialising in various types of cooking sauces. We maintain high-quality standards with both the products and services we provide. Get in touch today to learn more about working with us.



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