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Old 03-11-2012, 03:15 PM
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like coffee, toffee, tea, chocolate, prepackaged food, granola bars etc.? Looking for companies related to these to ask for samples. Is there any website that lists companies related to food?
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:57 PM
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I think you are only going to find web sites listing companies with things in common. And these will be trade associations. And my names are fictitious, but like...

Tea Manufacturers of America.
Coffee Producers Association.
Confectioners United.
Or whatever.

And these may not list their members online, you may need to be a member to get a list of other members.

And I should think most food manufacturers would not sell directly to anyone. Rather they would use distributors. And it would be from the distributors that you would get samples.

Distributors would be local to your area. For that I would work backwards. Go to stores which sell the products you are interested in. Then ask where they get those items from. Or if a big chain store, ask how to contact their purchasing department to then ask where they get the items from.

Some large chain grocery stores might have their own regional distribution center. That could be 300 miles away from you. And a candy manufacturer might have a regional distribution center as well.

So a candy manufacturer may be on the east coast and ships railroad cars of candy to its regional distribution center in Utah, then they truck loads of that candy to 3rd party distribution centers in that area. And from there various items are combined and trucked to one store. Or any number of possible combinations.

i.e. You do not see a Hersheys candy truck pulling up to the grocery store to deliver candy. Rather the truck from the grocery store's regional distribution center or a truck from a 3rd party distributor which is delivering various brands and goodies.

So for example search google.com for the words...
candy distributors in utah

Or here is a company called Vistar which distributes Nestle, Hersheys, M&M's, Starbucks, etc.
Vistar:* Preferred Suppliers
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:52 AM
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Hoover's is but one source of industry specific lead generation sources.

Another source is various state publications listing manufacturers and businesses by their respective codes. These may be annually published by state univ's ....
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