“Restaurants, bars, school and corporate cafeterias, and QSRs [quick service restaurants] are not only starting to expand their retail presence, but these operators are becoming more aware of the products they are offering,” says Ryan Meczyk, founder and chief executive of Norman Distribution, an Elk Grove, Illinois-based distributor of better-for- you snacks, beverages and grocery products which supplies multiple channels throughout the Midwest. “Consumers are becoming smarter about what they consume, and operators need to keep up with the demand for better-for- you alternatives.”

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