Yen Bros. Foodservice launches online local food portal with help of Ontario software company

Yen Bros. Food Service and local food e-commerce platform Local Line Inc. have partnered to create a local food program that increases access to British Columbia food products for food businesses of all sizes called Shop Local.

Yen Bros. Foodservice and Local Line Inc. partner to increase access to BC local food in the greater Vancouver area.

July 23, 2018 (Kitchener, ON) Yen Bros. Foodservice and local food e-commerce platform Local Line Inc. have partnered to create a local food program that increases access to British Columbia food products for food businesses of all sizes.  

Yen Bros. has long been a recognized and trusted leader in foodservice in British Columbia. Now in their 46th year of operations, Yen Bros. Foodservice maintains their customer-first philosophy and commitment to offering a comprehensive product mix at competitive prices. As the company has continued its growth year after year, they focus on providing the widest selection of fresh seasonal produce, fresh and frozen meats and fish, dairy and eggs and grocery items all while offering flexible ordering. In keeping with their commitment to convenient ordering and extensive offerings, Yen Bros. is introducing its customers to a new online ordering program.

This new program, named “Shop Local” lists hundreds of other niche, local products across British Columbia through their partnership with Local Line.

“As a family owned BC broad line food distributor, we at Yen Bros. Foodservice understand the importance of supporting our local farming and manufacturing community. Shop Local is just the tool that enables us to connect our independent restaurants with our local growers and manufacturers,” says Ari Nikula, Yen Bros. V.P. of Sales and Operations.

Local Line, headquartered in Kitchener, ON is a sales platform built for food suppliers, providing e-commerce, CRM, and inventory solutions for farmers, growers, butchers, bakers, and other food industry suppliers.

“Yen Bros. now offers their own local food online store featuring local suppliers and products from across BC As a customer of Yen Bros. you can browse those new suppliers and order from them directly, enabling you to access the variety of products you’re looking for with just the click of a button,” says Cole Jones, CEO of Local Line.

Every Yen Bros. sales rep is also on the program. They have access to the entire list of suppliers, products, and delivery information giving them more access to selling more products not currently listed with Yen Bros. Shop Local is also a platform for making BC’s smaller suppliers products more accessible. If there is a specific farmer or niche product requested, they can quickly upload their products onto the Shop Local platform to participate in the program.

Yen Bros. Foodservice is one of the largest independently owned and family-operated foodservice distributors on Vancouver’s lower mainland. If you’d like to become a customer of Yen Bros. and access their main catalog, you can get in touch with them here.

Local Line Inc. helps food suppliers doing direct sales grow their business with e-commerce, inventory and customer relationship management and logistics. If you’d like to become a local supply partner in the Shop Local food program, sign up to Local Line here.

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