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Opening A Restaurant? How To Find The Right Food Supplier

by Ethan Stone

If you're opening a restaurant, one of the most important decisions you'll need to make concerns who is going to be your food supplier. A good supplier should be efficient and accessible, able to provide you with the food staples that you need to keep your business running efficiently. Selecting the wrong supplier can break your eatery down, causing you to close up shop much sooner than you ever thought possible. Here are just a few tips you can use to aid you in selecting a food supplier that you can form a satisfactory partnership with.

Cheapest Isn't Always Best 

When you're looking for a supplier, you need to remember that the cheapest option isn't necessarily the best one. It's very tempting to toe the line and go for the budget-friendly supplier because you're just starting out and you want to let your profits build up. However, you might want to look at the situation from a different angle.

In order for you to build up a loyal clientele, you need to serve food that is delicious on all levels. Customers are going to be looking for biscuits that were made with quality cornmeal and steak dishes with premium cuts of meat. If you start out selling food that is made with subpar products, it might prove to be very difficult for you to bring in the crowds.

Some suppliers might provide you with a bargain price because the food they send won't have the quality level that you need. What you should do is get quotes from a few different suppliers and request a small parcel that contains a sampling of their products. Compare the prices with the quality of the product and you should be able to narrow down the playing field that way.

Consider Selecting A Specialty Supplier

In the world of food suppliers, you have the general vendors and the specialty variety. If you are opening a restaurant with a niche type of food it might be in your best interest to choose a specialty supplier. They will typically always be stocked with the food that you need, which might not happen if you have a general food supplier that sends out all kinds of items.

If you choose well you and your food supplier can have a lasting, mutually beneficial relationship. With their assistance you can serve amazing food that attracts all kinds of customers for years and years.