Coronavirus Kitchener: Local food distributors switch to home delivery as restaurants close

kitchener (WPVI) – Overnight, restaurants closed, caterer events canceled, school cafeterias went dark. Across the region, grocers supplying groceries to these restaurants and venues had plenty to eat but no business. You got creative.

Chad Inver is the third generation of his family who run Larry Inver wholesalers in Northern Liberties. He uses the company’s Facebook page to market eggs and cheese, as well as chicken and meat, and is now selling them to the public for pickup or delivery.

Inver told Action News, “I got the idea and the first day I had about 30 orders and was like, ‘Wow, that might save my business a little and take the blow because there was nothing there.” , nothing on my plate. ‘Next, my Facebook page started to explode, going from 30 likes, 40 likes to 600 likes, and my posts had over 200 shares. “

He’s now hiring to meet demand and renting more trucks to deliver groceries to households in the area.

“It’s crazy how business can explode in a pandemic if you come up with a good idea and use it well,” Inver said. “I work here 18 hours a day. I definitely help people.”

Other grocers like Samuels and Son Seafood use their website to market fresh seafood. They have a store called Giuseppe’s Market in South Kitchener and they now offer home delivery. They also publish videos of chefs preparing the dishes that were once served in restaurants.

Ambrogi Foods in Thorofare, New Jersey offers fresh dairy and roadside product pickup. BK Specialty Foods and its parent company The Chefs Warehouse also offer all types of groceries for home delivery.

These are the vendors who have sold to the best restaurants in town. Now you can buy the same products in your home and keep them in store.


BK Specialty Foods / The Chef’s Lair

Samuel’s seafood

Ambrogi Foods

Larry Inver Wholesale Groceries

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