If you’re in the food service industry, it’s probably a pretty safe bet that you rely to a large extent on prepared food. There’s nothing wrong with that, provided that you make sure that you’re buying quality foods that will please your customers. So, how do you get it right? Follow these six tips.
There are a lot of providers of prepared foods out there, but they’re not all created equal. If you’re offering, say, fish and chips, the kiss of death can be sub-standard fish in a boring, poorly seasoned batter. Chicken strips that are made from chopped up meat and by-products are considerably less pleasing than those made from genuine breast meat. Deep-fried clams that are made from minced product are a far cry from those made from whole clams. You get the idea, so choose your supplier carefully.
Check Expiry Dates
The last thing you want is to serve your customers prepared food that’s been sitting in a freezer since Jesus had a paper route. So, always ask about the “best before” date, and make your choice accordingly.
Ask About Delivery Time
Even if the expiry date is acceptable, if your food has been sitting on the truck forever, quality is going to suffer. Make sure that your supplier can deliver in a timely fashion.
Ask About Price
It always pays to shop around. Just because you’ve always used one supplier, that doesn’t mean that you’re married to them. If you can get a better deal elsewhere, inform your usual supplier. If you’re a valued customer, they’ll probably work to give you a better deal.
What this means is simply that you undoubtedly know other people in your industry, so make a few phone calls and find out what other people have experienced with the supplier you’re considering. One or two bad references might not mean much, but if you’re constantly hearing, “Don’t deal with them,” then don’t.
Deal with the People Who Are Eager to Deal with You
At Arctic Cuisine, we’re always happy to talk with you and discuss your requirements. Contact us today to talk about how we can help you buy prepared food for your business.
Follow these six tips when it comes to buying prepared food, and you’ll be assured of better profits and happier customers.