For all those who run a restaurant or a catering service, you know it is your selection of the food supplier that can actually be a difference to your business’s success or failure. And this is not an overstatement. Moreover, there is a lot to consider and not just food. Price, accreditations, delivery schedule and food safety management are equally important elements. Also, organisations in the HORECA segment are very well aware that food suppliers they choose must be of high-quality standards. If you are a new kid on the block and are unsure of which food suppliers to go with, here are some pointers to simplify your ultimate search for a perfect food supplier.
- Be clear in your mind what you are looking for. Before you start questioning some of the prospective suppliers, ask yourself first. Will you be outsourcing food locally? Do you need food to be delivered at your facility’s premises or somewhere else at a certain time? Knowing exactly what you want from them will ease out your process of finding the perfect supplier.
- Determine the financials. You must determine in your mind how much you are willing to pay. How much are you willing to stretch your budget to buy the best quality food? Do you have enough room to add markup to the food items? You know your accounts better so you must be able to answer these questions before you move ahead with the selection process.
- You must know about suppliers’ delivery schedules. You should ask them straight. Ask them how are they going to deliver the products in premises? How far do they put up? What time do they prefer to deliver and does it fit with your rotation order? How will they deliver in case of urgency? Is there something additional that they can offer at the same cost?
- Food safety management, being the most important aspect of this industry should be on your priority list too. Ask the suppliers what policies do they have for food safety management? Do they have an automated food safety software or machinery or temperature monitoring systems? Where do they buy their raw materials from? Ask big on food traceability and provenance.
- Industry accreditations matter a lot, to your own conscience as well as to your customers. Check what accreditations the suppliers possess. Lack of awards do not signify a lack of quality but winning awards add to the fact that you are on the right search path.
- It is important to know the existing clients of the prospective supplier. Also, there is no harm in contacting the existing clients to get a review on supplier’s services. This will let you know a great deal of supplier’s way of working, philosophies and industry position.
- Check about staff selection and recruitment, staff training and staff turnover that happen at the supplier’s office. This will help you understand how consistent the supplier is with the people they deal with, in-house and outside.
- Check the background of the company, any legal implications they may face etc. Also, check for unpaid bills and undelivered orders if you can.
- Hiring the most appropriate supplier for your restaurant is a two-way You will have to make an impression too so that the best supplier is willing to work with you. If you have a certain set of working standards, they too have the same.
- Select the most trusted supplier for you. Use your brain and gut to do so. I suggest to go for someone who is in this industry for years, have the best client base and deliver the best quality products, someone like Jubilant Consumers. Jubilant Consumer Private Limited supplies a comprehensive range of food items to restaurants, eateries and food franchises with same quality and precision every time. It goes that extra mile to understand their client’s culinary priorities and pain points, thus providing innovative product solutions which are sharply customised and are made with the most stringent safety and food quality standards.
Keep your restaurant or catering service at its best with perfect vision on food safety techniques food safety control, and the impending future of this thriving industry.