Food Packaging Challenges & How Manufacturers Are Overcoming Them

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Most food manufacturers consistently worry about labor, pricing and production. But, a sometimes overlooked element to delivering product to retailers on time is packaging. Many factors can impact whether a manufacturer fills an order or shorts a retailer, including packaging issues. Thankfully, with enough planning, strategy and creativity, manufacturers can avoid many of the top retail food packaging challenges. Top …

Our Recent Recognitions and Awards

Bay Food Brokerage, a women-owned business, is thrilled by three recent recognitions from pillars of the Tampa Bay business community.

2022 is heading toward the finish line, but our Bay Food Brokerage team is keeping up the momentum heading for 2023. In addition to serving our clients and customers every day, we’re proud to be a women-owned business, soon to be entering our 30th year. Bay Food Brokerage is thrilled by three recent recognitions from pillars of the Tampa Bay …

Celebrating the Holidays with the Bay Food Brokerage Family

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The holiday season looks a little different in Florida than in other parts of the country. But, the Bay Food Brokerage family is excited to celebrate what’s most important in the coming weeks and all year long. Our food brokerage company works hard to provide nourishment and comfort to the entire region. We never want to lose sight of what …

How Effective Food Brokers Handle High-Inflation Periods

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At the end of August, grocery price inflation hit a 43-year high, with U.S. retail food price inflation up 13.5 percent year over year. Consumers are feeling the pinch, while manufacturers and retailers struggle to keep supply chains moving. Thankfully, a good retail food broker can help manufacturer clients and retail partners navigate these pricing increases. Everything from extreme weather …

3 Reminders for the Retail Food Industry from Hurricane Ian

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In late September, Hurricane Ian caused catastrophic damage and power outages in many markets after it made landfall in Florida. Breakdowns in the supply chain led to empty grocery store shelves throughout the state, especially in the most at-risk and affected regions. This storm reminded us why every Southeast grocery broker, retailer and manufacturer must always be prepared for record-breaking …

Bay Food Helps Tommee Tippee Get into Publix

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Bay Food Brokerage has served as Tommee Tippee’s Publix broker since September 2020. During that time, we’re proud to have helped this global baby product brand get several items onto shelves of the largest regional grocery chain in the Southeast. And, we’re especially grateful to Justin Glance, Tommee Tippee’s Director of Sales & Business Development, for sharing his perspective of …

5 Signs You Are Ready to Hire a Retail Food Broker

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Many food manufacturers face challenges with getting their products on supermarket shelves, and for a variety of reasons. Even with a strong internal sales team, obstacles may stand in the way. The good news is, often, a retail food broker can help clear some of these hurdles. In this post, our Director of Sales Gary Royal shares five signs that …

5 Things Food Manufacturers Can Do to Prevent Shortages

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Food supply chain issues are still causing challenges for food manufacturers and retailers. This is resulting in shortages on orders and empty grocery store shelves for many products. But, there are several things food manufacturers can do to avoid shortages. In this post, Bay Food’s Director of Deli & Emerging Business Erin McCulloch-Crume shares helpful tips for manufacturers. Be proactive …

Bay Food Recognizes National Nonprofit Day

Our food brokerage services team loves giving back to the community. In recognition of National Nonprofit Day 2022 on Aug. 17, we’re celebrating our team’s charitable efforts and the many amazing nonprofits we proudly support. More than a Food Brokerage Services Company At Bay Food Brokerage, we are proud to foster a company culture that places great importance on serving …

Why Food Manufacturers Should Become B Corp Certified

Nearly 5,000 Certified B Corporation companies worldwide tout the “B” logo on their packaging and materials. So, food manufacturers may be wondering what it is and whether they should pursue it. “Simply put, the B Corp Certification recognizes companies that are good for the world,” said Bay Food’s Executive Vice President Chris Chatterton. “This is an unbiased rating system. It …