Careers in Foodservice Distribution

Foodservice distributors help make eating out possible and there are many careers available in this dynamic industry.


Foodservice is an exciting business. Chefs are now celebrities on TV, restaurant customers want to experience all kinds of new flavors, and eating out is an enjoyable part of daily life.

Eating away from home comes in many forms — from a meal at a favorite restaurant with family or friends, to a college student getting a healthy lunch at one of the many food outlets on campus. It could be breakfast on the go at a quick-serve chain restaurant, or a patient getting a meal in a hospital. The fact is, foodservice is ubiquitous. And behind the scenes of all these foodservice operations are distributors who deliver food and other products that professional kitchens need to serve their customers.

There are many job disciplines at a foodservice distribution company. That includes:

Supply Chain Experts
Human Resource Specialists
Sales and Marketing Professionals
Warehouse and Transportation Personnel


It takes a team of people to deliver so many products to a diverse customer base. In the U.S. alone, millions of cases of products — from fresh produce to canned goods — are delivered to professional kitchens every day.

If you are looking for a new employment opportunity and want to be part of the great foodservice industry, we hope you will consider a career in foodservice distribution. In this section of the IFDA website, we have a menu of the key disciplines that can be found at a foodservice distribution company.  You’ll find a description about the work of each discipline, as well as some of the personal attributes a person needs to be successful in that role.

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