HOW TO BECOME AN ESSEX WHOLESALE CLIENT
Contact us any way you’d like. We’ll talk about what cheeses make sense for you and whether you’d prefer to take whole or partial wheels. We don’t want you to buy something that doesn’t work so before we sell you any cheese we spend a lot of time understanding your shop and its customers. As far as paperwork goes, we’ll need three references, the usual billing information, and where to start sending you cheese.
CAN I BUY WHOLESALE DIRECTLY FROM ESSEX
OR DO I GO THROUGH A DISTRIBUTOR?
It depends. In much of the country we work with distributors. Customers in those areas get their Essex cheese that way. In areas where we don’t have a distributor we may be able to sell direct with a pick up at Larkin in New York.
That said, what most cheesemongers are concerned about when they ask about buying direct is getting a cheese that hasn’t spent a long time drying out in a warehouse and that matches the flavor profile they’re looking for. That’s something we guarantee regardless of who you ultimately buy from. We know the make date of every cheese no matter where it is and we ensure all of our cheese spends a minimal amount of time in warehouse. We can often work with a distributor to get you custom selected cheese, too.
New York: Larkin
Massachussets and the Northeast: Seacrest Foods
Vermont and New England: Provisions International
Washington D.C. and Virginia : Ripe Specialty Foods
The Carolionas: Cheney Brothers — PDNC
Florida and Colorado: Gourmet Foods International
Alabama: The Cheese Advocate
Illinois and the Greater Midwest: Zuercher & Co.
California: Tomales Bay Foods and Gourmet Imports
Oregon and Washington: Provvista and Cowbell