GE Capital's Commercial Distribution Finance business announced it will expand financing capabilities and coverage to the commercial foodservice and refrigeration industries across the U.S. and Canada. CDF has been providing inventory financing to the foodservice industry since 1995.

CDF plans to develop inventory financing programs with manufacturers of specialized equipment for the bakery, dairy, meat, snack and juice markets, among others, as well as makers of specialized equipment such as slicers, roasters, choppers and presses. Dealers that supply the restaurant and hotel industries in particular often carry a wide range of industrial equipment from different manufacturers and distributors.

"Many foodservice equipment manufacturers use their valuable working capital to fund dealer purchases," said Linda Fiore, CDF's managing director of new relationship development. "We have a dedicated team of industry specialists who work with these manufacturers to optimize dealer financing programs to fit their specific needs. For example, offering equipment dealers the ability to make larger purchases with extended repayment terms can really help companies in this major segment of the food industry grow their sales."

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