Dot Foods Inc. carries 83,000 products from 500 food-industry manufacturers and is the largest food re-distributor in the U.S.
“Due to U.S.D.A. requirements, some of our distributors could not repack the large boxes of beef into smaller ones, so their customers had to buy them in their entirety,” said Rodd Willis, Dot’s director of protein sales and purchasing. “If a restaurant has to buy an 80-lb. box of ribeyes from its distributor to cut into steaks, that’s a lot of steaks. This new program makes purchasing boxed beef much more convenient for both our distributors and their end-user customers.”
The meat originates in the smaller pack size, so customers can be confident the date on the box matches the production date of the product, he said.
This new program includes ribeyes, tenderloins, strip loins, top sirloins, flank steaks, inside rounds, eye rounds and bottom rounds. Dot warehouses the beef at its flagship distribution center in Mt. Sterling, Ill., to serve the Midwest and East Coast and at its Burley, Idaho, distribution center to serve the West Coast. Customers can leverage Dot’s buying power and nationwide distribution to purchase a smaller volume than if they bought the beef directly from the manufacturer, the company said.