Raymond Hook Specialty LLC (“RHS”) is a company established to provide a unique range of business-building services to suppliers and manufacturers of specialty foods and beverages. Based in New York City (the center of fine food in North America), we support specialty food suppliers wanting to aggressively expand their presence in the North American market. RHS understands the specialty food business, as our team has been operating in this market since 1982. The RHS team combines a breadth of experiences, including those of a Michelin-starred chef, a fine food retailer and a specialty food importer and distributor. We provide a suite of service and support functions that form one seamless program that can accelerate both growth and profitability of your portfolio.
Fine Food Sales and Brokerage Management
RHS has built partnerships and relationships with over 25 of the top fine food distributors in North America and over 50 of the top fine food retail chains in the country. We have a nationwide reach and can manage your portfolio of products from the initial product launch to promotional programs and distributor relationships. We will work with your team to build quality distribution that generates profitable and sustainable growth. Our distributor network includes the leaders of the specialty category including: World’s Best Cheese (East and West), Tony’s Fine Foods, EuroUSA, Fortune Gourmet, Chef’s Warehouse, Epicure, Seacrest, Kehe, Nassau Candy, Gourmet Foods International and Baldor.
RHS has established a set of website development and social media services to support fine food suppliers and manufacturers. This support ranges from building and/or managing your website to establishing, maintaining and managing your social media connections (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). We can work with you to both create content and provide timely updates of your online communication.
RHS has an experienced public relations team that can provide effective, targeted support to your business and growth agenda. We have access to the thought-leaders in the fine food industry and we can help expand public awareness of your company. We can also manage and monitor press releases and provide detailed marketplace and competitor information.
To expand your company’s marketplace presence, RHS provides a demonstration service unit that can manage and perform in-store product demonstrations. We will convey to customers your specific brand and image, and provide knowledgeable and experienced professionals to demo your product. Click here for more information.
RHS can also provide additional consulting services to your specialty food company. These services can range from business and organizational reviews to CEO-level decision making. We can help your business build its sales culture, expand its manufacturing or supply chain footprint or provide critical thinking support to your team.
We have also developed an incubator program that allows us to support promising specialty start-up companies. We are willing to invest services and capital to develop new companies and their products in exchange for an equity position. The RHS executive team manages entrance to the incubator on a case-by-case basis.