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Vegan Distribution

Submitted by: Sharon Lu
State: California
City: Hayward

Business Description

Vegan Distribution was established by a group of animal loving friends and entrepreneurs to make an impact for the food industry through plant-based food service wholesale and distribution.

What one unique aspect of your business will make you succeed over the next year?

Vegan Distribution consists of a group of friends who wanted to make a difference. As animal lovers, we share the same dream of a compassionate world and decided that disrupting the food service industry would have the fastest and biggest impact. Thus Vegan Distribution was conceived. Our goals are trifold: Firstly, to increase the market channels for existing and new vegan companies; Secondly, by making vegan products more accessible for the food industry; And finally, to reduce the cost of ingredients to vegan food manufacturers so they can be competitive in the marketplace. Currently, Vegan Distribution serves the San Francisco Bay Area and in our two years of operations, we’ve connected and served communities who share similar values. From restaurants to juice shops to food trucks, from hotels to caterers to retailers, we’ve worked closely with our partners help forward our vision of a cruelty-free and sustainable world. Our efforts are recognized through being nominated and becoming top finalist for Green America's People & Planet Award for Fall 2015. With a clear mission in mind, dedicated partners with strategic execution, Vegan Distribution will continue our expansion and make a lasting shift in the food industry.

How does your business make a positive impact on the community?

Vegan Distribution offers clean and plant-based ingredients that have at least the following positive impacts - reduction of the greenhouse methane caused by livestock production. - increase of whole & plant-based foods availability and accessibility (and decrease of current inefficient food supply chain), and thus the food resource for human consumption will too increase. - guidance and market channels for local and small businesses for growth.

What would you do with a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, training, and help from a SCORE mentor to grow your business?

Vegan Distribution would purchase tools needed to run the business- from shelves to racks, printer & inks, scanner, etc that would maximize operation efficiency. Currently Sharon serves one of the SCORE mentor for other small business owners and at the same time get mentored through her co-mentors. We would continue to utilize SCORE and the mentor's industrial expertise to grow the business and continue to service the community.

The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

Being a mentor and mentee at the same time helps me understand what difficulties the other small businesses goes through and enables Vegan Distribution to further provide the necessary services and tools to help the small business succeed.

Have you had to overcome any obstacles along the way to build your business?

As a small business, we constantly run into unknown territories and unexpected situations. For example, our driver quit unannounced, and one of the owner has to substitute in for driving the route. There was some delay but the team quickly informed our customers accordingly, and we were still able to make our deliveries without customers' concerns. We have to constantly plan the best and prepare for the worst, and having a diverse team, Vegan Distribution is able to cover grounds from daily operation to market expansion with clear and concise execution plans.

How will you utilize the marketing video and national recognition of winning a SCORE Award to help take your business to the next level?

Vegan Distribution would also recognize some of our partners and raise awareness the plant-based, clean food benefits for the environment. We would like to attract top talents who are dedicated and passionate about Vegan Distribution's vision and expand to more channels.
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