The State of Specialty Food Distribution

Brandon Barnholt, The Food Institute Podcast, KeHE Distributors, Specialty Food, Distribution

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As the pandemic appears to be subsiding, what’s the state of specialty food distribution? KeHE Distributors President and CEO Brandon Barnholt joins The Food Institute Podcast to discuss specialty food trends, factors affecting the industry, and the outlook for business growth.

More About Brandon Barnholt:
Brandon has served in his current capacity as the President & CEO of KeHE Distributors since March of 2007.  Under Brandon’s leadership, the company has grown from a Midwest specialty food distributor to one of the leading Natural & Organic, Specialty, and Fresh Food distributors in North America. KeHE distributes nearly 75,000 items and serves over 30,000 stores across almost every channel of retail from seventeen distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada.

Brandon is on the Board of Directors of World Finer Foods, and two professional organizations – Food Marketing Institute (FMI), and The CEO Forum. Brandon co-founded Naturally Chicago and continues to serve on the Board. In addition, Brandon serves as an advisor or board member to many start-ups or early-stage companies and has been involved in various capacities in the Chicago area Young Life Organization and The University of Northern Colorado.

Under Brandon’s leadership, KeHE has become a B Corp, and is a strong advocate of the Organic and Good Food movement. Brandon and his wife have three children, two of whom are in the food business, seven grandchildren, and serve many organizations in the U.S. and around the globe related to providing a hand up for those less fortunate.

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