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 …

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 …

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 …

10 Questions You Must Ask Before Hiring a CPG Broker

If you’re a food manufacturer looking for a CPG broker, it’s important to know that not all brokers are created equally. They can vary widely in a number of ways. This includes how long the company has existed, the level of service they provide, and even the core values they hold dear. Choosing a CPG broker to act as your …

Top 6 Considerations for Retail-Ready Food Packaging

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As a retail food broker that has been in the industry for nearly 30 years, we’ve seen the following scenario many times. A food manufacturer’s sales team goes in to pitch a new product to a major retailer. The product is great, in almost all aspects. But there’s one small thing – like the package is one-half inch too long …

5 Retail Food Trends to Watch in 2022

To remain a leading grocery broker in the Southeast and best serve our clients, the team at Bay Food Brokerage is committed to staying up-to-date on retail food trends. In this post, two of our Account Executives, Greg Betz and Lindsey Baron, share their insights on: Why it’s important for food manufacturers to understand retail food trends How the right …

5 Ways to Make Your Product Stand Out on Supermarket Shelves

How understanding food trends and consumer preferences can increase retail sales Shoppers have a plethora of options to choose from when they visit supermarkets these days. Every product category has multiple brands competing for consumers’ attention and dollars. So how does a food manufacturer ensure their products stand out on grocery store shelves? They have to understand the latest food …

5 Tips for New Food Manufacturers

Our Owner, President and CEO Cammie Chatterton has worked in the food industry for over thirty years. In fact, she was one of the first women in the country to open a retail food brokerage company, in 1993. Currently, Bay Food Brokerage is one of the fastest-growing businesses in Tampa Bay, where we’re based. So, to say Cammie knows a …