While I lived in the US I fell completely in love with, let's say, a particular spread for sandwiches from a major manufacturer. Nothing special, you can get it at every ordinary US supermarket, but back here in the Netherlands it's nowhere to be found. So I got the idea of importing some jars and sell it to other spread-fetishists like myself, maybe through a yet-to-be-made website.
How do I go about contacting and importing a batch of the stuff straight from the manufacturer? Do I have to deal with them as a company rather than a private indivual/customer? How do I get discounts for ordering at the back end and in large quantities? So far I can only find the regular PR channels by which ordinary customers can ask questions and file complaints etc.
Then, if they are willing to ship it to me, are there any laws, rules, taxes I have to consider to have imported foods approved for the Dutch (European) market?
I assume a website like americansoda.co.uk
imports its goods (actually, among others, the very same product) in a similar way as I intend to, but they are not eager to share their methods with me.