Thanks to Pete-zza and the members of this forum, after 8-weeks of me chasing down leads on where I might be able to get Caputo flour and a few other "hard to get in northern Wisconsin" imported items, I was able to contact Greco & Sons distributing (commercial source) servicing northern IL & southern WI. They sent me a product list and a credit application, and they are setting me up with a sales rep. But I need to hit the will-call dock to get these items back up here. (300 miles each way)
Although they do not deliver to my area, I can make a monthly trip down there to get a pallet or two of those hard to get items, or work out a deal with an independent shipping company.
I do have a distributor that I use who comes up here from Milwaukee weekly, so maybe I can work out a deal between the two companies just so I do not need to do the drive, Time is money, and I can't afford my time being on the road for 8-12 hours doing this stuff on my one off-day per week.
Once I get our proposed business up & running, (approx. 60 days & counting down)and I am showing cash-flow positive, I may be able to help get some items out to people in other parts of the country by busting into my commercial stock, then repackaging non-perishable items into a shipping box, and getting them out to others. I have access to stanislaus, escalon, Caputo, and maybe even what is currently being called San Marzano tomatoes.
There has been some brainstorming of doing some imported deli items at the shop for retail, and finding this distributor may turn that thought into something. We have a tight selection up here, and a growing call for these items, So maybe I can fill that niche too?