Originally Posted by MimiFix
I'm not aware of any standard practice. Food establishments that purchase product can elect to have the items pre-packaged with the manufacturer's name; or the food establishment can sell it either in their own packaging or put the items in their display case (with no acknowledgment about where the items were made).
You're right that there are other options for selling wholesale, but if OP is interested in growing his business then selling the items packaged with OP's business name and brand is the best way to do that. Generally that's how things go when a manufacturer approaches a retailer to sell a packaged good. Of course open stock is a different story (although it does make packaging much easier), and private label arrangements tend to be initiated by the retailer.
Huge issue alert: Most bakery suppliers will only deliver to a business that has a retail location or a manufacturing facility. They will not deliver to a residential address.
The wholesale bakery supplier I dealt with (BakeMark) had no problem with a cash & carry pickup as long as it was arranged in advance. They have many distribution centers across the US. Wholesale prices are also available at restaurant supply stores like Restaurant Depot.
As far as price breaks, they might be available if you buy by the pallet, so unless OP's boss runs a chain that leverages their procurement across several different bakery locations it's doubtful there will be an advantage for OP buying on his boss's account. Assuming OP's boss is even willing to do that.Edited by jason_kraft - 9/15/13 at 1:08pm