The Portland Daily Sun has published an article on the growing number of food vendors who are breaking into the wholesale market.

The restaurant-driven path may tempt some producers to go directly into wholesale, but it could be that successful retailing is a good foundation for wholesaling.

At Maples, for example, management reports that of their last 10 outlet deals, only two came from company outreach. The other eight called the company.

Even Whole Foods, the giant retailer that is a Holy Grail for many seeking to take their local, organic products to a larger market, recruited Maple’s.

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