Could working with an ingredient distributor drive innovation?

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

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Could working with an ingredient distributor drive innovation?
Specialty ingredients distributor IMCD says that working with a distributor, rather than individual suppliers, allows food companies to tap into application-driven expertise - beyond their own R&D capabilities.

FoodNavigator spoke with EMEA technical manager, food and nutrition technical centre, at IMCD Michel Faes, at FIE in Frankfurt this week. The company was showcasing a Belgian chocolate with a very light filling, which it says uses ingredients and application knowledge from its suppliers, as well as that of its in-house research team.

Faes explained that for food and beverage companies, working with a distribution firm may bring more application-driven ingredient knowledge than they might find by working directly with ingredient suppliers.

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1 comment

Customerdriven so distributor can play copy-cat

Posted by frank manshoven,

I do not believe so .
Does this distributor has plant facilities.
Are you putting all your eggs in one basket
how sure you are that agreements with distributors and suppliers are better ?
Transparency, cost reduction for general products I agree, distributors innovation knowledge and drive depends upon the customer and is not the reason of existing as distributor. For out of stock and planning...how implement this in not a scenario that is not targeted. General remarks on own experience.

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