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A Guide To Finding The Right Food Suppliers

Jul 5, 2008
Organisations that cater food for customers know very well that the food suppliers they approach must be of high quality and standards. These businesses may depend upon the food supply they receive in order to keep the customers happy and make their money. Some are happy to buy in bulk from a local cash and carry rather, which works perfectly for some businesses. Buying ingredients in bulk may be good to save money and keep on top of things.

If you are just starting out in the catering business and you are unsure of which suppliers to approach, then it is best to start with researching various suppliers. You can do this by logging onto the internet, looking up websites and reading up reviews on their services. Many people will help by posting forums on their experiences with specific suppliers; however, you can benefit more by approaching local food suppliers, as consumers prefer locally produced food.

Pubs and restaurants would benefit the most from locally produced suppliers, as these would normally be more affordable and better in quality when used for cooking. Restaurants these days prefer to use locally produced ingredients, examples can include things like using rapeseed oil as opposed to virgin olive oil, locally produced cheese and vegetables, dairy products, fruits etc. As long as the food is fresh and bought from a good quality supplier then organisations in the catering industry will not face problems from the consumers.

Pubs are known for providing hearty pub grubs. However, people may experience a service that provides poor quality food. This could be because of many different reasons such as the way it has been cooked, the ingredients used, whether the food is fresh etc. However, even though it is a pub the food should continue to be of a high standard. The food served in a pub brings in the extra profit, as it a part of what the consumer demands for. The best pubs are the ones that make the best food from scratch and use the finest ingredients they can find from local producers.

You can always approach good quality supermarkets for wholesale delivery and supply. As long you trust their sources and are fully aware of where your foods are from then there is no harm in approaching these retail chains. It is more beneficial to go straight to the source, as this way you can get a more personal interaction with your chosen food suppliers, by selecting the products you need, for example picking out the right cuts of meat, fresh fish and vegetables etc.

When choosing your suppliers you should always query their services and ask for examples of their products. Always meet with them and find out their service history, including testimonials from previous clients. You should always compare prices, so can get a better idea of how much to spend. If price is an issue you should consider cutbacks in other places, rather than going for the cheapest food suppliers - you do not want to lower your food standards and always go for the best.
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Anna Stenning is an expert on choosing the right food suppliers having worked in the catering business before.
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