The PRESENCE Midwest distributor team had the pleasure of visiting Carmela Foods and meeting Chuck LaFranier, Buyer, and Paul Buscemi, CEO. Carmela Foods is a Midwest Distributor that focuses on specialty food retailers, restaurants, country clubs, hotels, resorts, and wine establishments throughout the entire state of Michigan and Northern Ohio. Carmela’s unique approach to the world of distribution is like none other. They hold nine sales meetings a year, in their state-of-the-art kitchen, that provides brands an opportunity to showcase their new items by hands-on cooking. They also hold two food shows every year, to introduce new products to their customers. From their inventive meeting room, to giving back to the community, to being a true family owned and operated business, Carmela is Michigan’s premier provider of specialty foods, estate wines, prime meats, and premium seafood.