Brooklyn, New York-based Chef One Foods has engaged redistributor Dot Foods to make its range of frozen egg rolls, Chinese dumplings, potstickers and other dim sum more accessible to foodservice operators and retailers throughout the United States. At the same time, the Asian cuisine appetizer specialist has launched a new website (www.chefonefoods.com) to showcase its offerings online.
Taking inspiration from different cultures around the world, Chef One has been a major supplier of traditional Asian and fusion food products to the New York market since 1999. In addition to authentic Kung Pao Chicken Potsticker and Shrimp Dumpling recipes, its portfolio includes Philly Cheesesteak and Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls. Such offerings are featured in many Asian as well as Western-style restaurants in the New York metropolitan region.
Chef One founded National Dumpling Day and the NYC Dumpling Festival in 2009, with all proceeds benefiting the non-profit Food Bank for New York City organization. The festival serves as a celebration of all things dumpling ¬– from its rich origin dating back 1,000 years to the many variations of dumplings created and enjoyed around the globe. Along with its popular Dumpling Eating Contest, the festival has attracted thousands of dumpling lovers and has raised over $250,000 for charity.
Connecting the Dots with Dot
Now connecting the distribution dots to expand Chef One’s reach is Dot Foods. Headquartered in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, the family-owned company buys full truckloads of food products from 930 manufacturers and consolidates the contents at 11 distribution centers across the country. It then resells the inventory in less-than-truckload (LTL) quantities to distributors on a weekly basis. There is normally no extra cost to the distributor when buying from Dot, as manufacturers compensate the company to handle distribution of their costly LTL orders.