Site delivers good deals on grub
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Nov 06, 2000
Government institutions looking for "red-dot" specials on food items have
helped Direct2Government.com double its business every month since its launch
in the spring.
Direct2Government.com is an online service that helps food manufacturers
target the public sector with excess inventories, special pricing and Internet
Membership in the site is restricted to government-supported institutions
and food manufacturers, growers and packers, said David Fox, president of
the Canoga Park, Calif.-based company.
Direct2Government.com has about 400 government customers, including
the Federal Bureau of Penitentiaries and the states of Ohio and Arkansas.
Well-known food manufacturers such as Chiquita and Hunt-Wesson are among
the site's suppliers, Fox said.
The company manages an electronic catalog of food products, special
deals and other time-limited offers. Buyers can search for what they need
and make purchases with the click of a mouse. The site, which is run by
the national food distributor LA Foods, manages all billing, shipping, logistics
and customer service.
Last month, Direct2Government.com added Dennis Watkins, a former regional
food service administrator for the Federal Bureau of Prisons to its board
of directors. The move is expected to help the company's push into the penal
institution market, Fox said.
The site has been shipping goods since June, and sales have doubled
every month since, Fox said.