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Types of Wholesale Businesses

Wholesale Food Processor

An operation that processes, manufactures or packages food for resale.

Examples include:

Grains and Baking Industries

  • Whole Grains, Milled Grain Products and Starch
  • Bakery Products, Doughs, Bakery Mixes and Icings
  • Macaroni and Noodle Products
  • Cereals
  • Snack Food Items (Flour, Meal or Vegetable Base)

Imitation Milk Products

Egg Products

Fishery / Seafood Products

Fruit, Nut and Vegetable Products

  • Fruits and Fruit Products
  • Nuts and Edible Seeds
  • Vegetable and Vegetable Products
  • Vegetable Oils

Dressings and Spices

  • Dressings and Condiments
  • Spices, Flavors and Salts


  • Soft Drinks and Water
  • Beverage Bases
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Ice

Confections and Deserts

  • Candy
  • Chocolate and Cocoa Products
  • Gelatin, Pudding Mixes and Pie Fillings
  • Food Sweeteners (Nutritive)

Multiple Foods, Soups, Salads

  • Multiple Food Dinners, Gravies, Sauces
  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches


Food Warehouse

A food establishment that stores or distributes packaged food.

Types of facilities may include:

Small or large food warehouses
Distribution centers
Public storage facilities
Food banks
Reclamation centers
Salvage operations
Transfer stations

Repackaging Area within a Warehouse

In addition to meeting all the regulations for food handling, a warehouse that repackages food items must comply with the following:

  • Designated repackaging room
  • Hand sink
  • 3-compartment sink

Seasonal Wholesale Food Processor

A wholesale food processor that only produces seasonal products for a short period of time during a particular season.

Examples may include:

  • Maple syrup operation
  • Apple cider mill
  • Honey processor
  • Sorghum processor
  • Wine processor