The U.S. Foodservice List contains a wide variety of approximately 800 specialty diet foods from various manufacturers and distributors that most large food warehouses ordinarily do not stock and many local grocers do not carry. These items generally have small sales volumes that grocers refer to as slow inventory movers that consume shelf space and inventory. To purchase these items, consumers must often place special orders which can take weeks to arrive.
The list consists of more than 800 products that customers can order through USFoodsExpress.com, and that U.S. Foodservice delivers through its FoodserviceExpress service, its partner for items that are hard to find. The list contains foods that are sugar-free, dairy-free, peanut-free and nut-free to accommodate special allergy-related dietary needs. There are also low-sodium, low-protein, organic, vegan and vegetarian products for diets based on health considerations, as well as kosher and halal items to accommodate religious dietary restrictions.
The list of foods includes many items developed for people whose diets require attention to renal or diabetic conditions. It also contains a variety of products intended to help people experiencing dysphagia, a condition that makes swallowing difficult and causes food to go “down the wrong pipe” that frequently occurs following a stroke, throat and oral cancer, nerve disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.