SO YOU WANT A DISTRIBUTING OPPORTUNITY?

The Northwest Food Show has partnered with Oregon-based distributor, McDonald Wholesale, to provide a platform for you to pitch your product! Over the years, our regional food show has attracted purveyors of all sizes to showcase their products to foodservice owners and operators throughout the Pacific Northwest. With many of the products featured annually in our emerging products section, we have become aware of a growing need to facilitate collaboration with vendors and operators, by making the connection through distribution.

Pitch it, Shark Tank Style!

Taking place on Monday, April 19 at the Northwest Food Show, selected applicants will have the opportunity to take the stage in front of the audience and decision-makers at McDonald Wholesale. You will have a 10 minutes live pitch for your product and the opportunity to field questions from McDonald Wholesale. Deliberations will occur and vendors will be notified of selection at the close of the live programming. This is a limited opportunity with only three vendors being selected for distribution.

What exactly is the opportunity?

McDonald Wholesale has a sales team of over 30 foodservice professionals that have current customers, contacts and potential customers in Oregon and Washington. With a highly efficient warehouse that tracks items from receiving to delivery of all items, they will provide each emerging partner, monthly sales meetings for introducing, making contacts, obtaining leads and training of their sales team.

Partnership includes:

Placement in food shows with full booths, to make contacts, show item(s), educate customers and prospects with potential to get product placements. Preferential placement in the food shows for maximum visibility.

Full use of the marketing department, in social media, business outreach, and personalized flyers for McDonald Wholesale use. Monthly or Quarterly sales tracking reports showing cases sold.

Total term for Emerging Vendor Partners is 12 full months of support from McDonald Wholesale (unless early termination is mutually agreed upon by both Partners). The value of this partnership is over $40,000.

For nearly a century, McDonald Wholesale has been delivering food distribution and restaurant supply solutions with honesty, integrity and reliability. McDonald Wholesale delivers nationally branded products, as well as family farm-owned food producing companies that meet the needs of their clients.

McDonald Wholesale focuses on local food distribution, which allows them to bring better service and greater savings to our partners. They excel in the casual and family dining arena with one goal in mind: to provide fresh ingredients to their customers with excellent service.

Criteria

We thank you for inquiring about becoming a partner with McDonald Wholesale. We value relationships and the benefits they bring to our customer base. Here are the basic requirements:

  • McDonald Wholesale will look at items that are produced or packaged under FDA or USDA licensed and approved commercial manufacturing facilities that possess a variety of food safety certifications including HACCP rules and practices.
  • All applications must be received by March 1st, 2021. Applicants picked to take the stage will be notified by March 18th, 2021.
  • All items (if applicable) must be able to produce nutritional information, ingredient lists, allergen information on all items. This includes certifications for diet specific, Kosher, Halal, etc. Copies of certifications will need to be provided and on file.
  • Vendor must be an exhibitor in the 2021 Northwest Food Show.
  • Vendor must be able to produce sales sheets with sales pertinent information on nutritionals, ingredients, serving suggestions, cooking instructions, etc. for the McDonald Wholesale sales team to sell.
  • Vendor must be willing to give samples and training to sales team for them to solicit sales at no cost to McDonald Wholesale.
  • Vendors must fill out a product specification sheet to outline item information, case dimensions, cubes, temperature zone, shelf life at manufacturing and guaranteed shelf life for McDonald Wholesale.
  • Vendors must fill out a vendor form, outlining their contacts for payables, sales rep or sales contact, phone and fax info for placing orders, pick up or delivered pricing program and locations for that function.
Criteria

We thank you for inquiring about becoming a partner with McDonald Wholesale. We value relationships and the benefits they bring to our customer base. Here are the basic requirements:

  • McDonald Wholesale will look at items that are produced or packaged under FDA or USDA licensed and approved commercial manufacturing facilities that possess a variety of food safety certifications including HACCP rules and practices.
  • All applications must be received by March 1st, 2020. Applicants picked to take the stage will be notified by March 18th, 2020.
  • All items (if applicable) must be able to produce nutritional information, ingredient lists, allergen information on all items. This includes certifications for diet specific, Kosher, Halal, etc. Copies of certifications will need to be provided and on file.
  • Vendor must be an exhibitor in the 2020 Northwest Food Show.
  • Vendor must be able to produce sales sheets with sales pertinent information on nutritionals, ingredients, serving suggestions, cooking instructions, etc. for the McDonald Wholesale sales team to sell.
  • Vendor must be willing to give samples and training to sales team for them to solicit sales at no cost to McDonald Wholesale.
  • Vendors must fill out a product specification sheet to outline item information, case dimensions, cubes, temperature zone, shelf life at manufacturing and guaranteed shelf life for McDonald Wholesale.
  • Vendors must fill out a vendor form, outlining their contacts for payables, sales rep or sales contact, phone and fax info for placing orders, pick up or delivered pricing program and locations for that function.

COMPETITION APPLICATION

Thank you for your interest in Pitch The Distributor. We will be posting our application soon.

Disclosure: Vendors must provide product liability insurance naming McDonald Wholesale and all affiliates on the policy. McDonald Wholesale Co. requires all suppliers to provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance before any of the supplier’s products are purchased.  If you are selected to pitch your product at the Northwest Food Show for a distribution opportunity with McDonald Wholesale, the minimum amount of liability insurance required is $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 in aggregate on products manufactured or sold by the supplier. We will ask you to list “McDonald Wholesale Co., its subsidiaries, affiliates, and divisions” as the certificate holder and also list the same as additional insured.

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