What do You Need to Work with a Food Distributor?

If you’re in the food and beverage business, then you probably already know that you’ll have to work with a lot of different people on the path towards success. At Dynamic Retail, we pride ourselves on having a vast network of professionals that can help businesses across Australia, and beyond, reach their goals when it comes to making a profit.

Just one of the experts that we can help to connect your company with, is a food distributor. Food distributors are the people that act as a kind of middleman between the manufacturer, or the person who produces the food, and the customer (or retailer). These individuals purchase a range of products, including products grown directly on the farm, then sell them off to a range of customers, including food service businesses like restaurants, grocery stores, and supermarkets.
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Working with Food Services: Selling to Restaurants

Maybe you have an incredible new recipe that you know the people of Australia are going to love. Perhaps you’re thinking about taking your flavours out across the world, to different countries and continents, but you want to start by making a name for yourself at home. You may even be a farmer who’s growing vegetables in your garden that any local restaurant would be proud to serve.

Of course, there’s more to being successful in the food service industry, than simply knowing your products would probably go over well with your customers. It’s crucial to have something that’s going to appeal to a modern audience, but it’s also important to know how you’re going to get your products from your farm or warehouse, into the kitchens of local cafes, restaurants, and eateries.

Here, we’re going to look at some of the steps commonly involved in working with food services, and selling to restaurants.

1.     Getting to Know Local Restaurants

The first step in selling your produce or food to local restaurants, is to create a relationship with the people who are responsible for deciding how the ingredient budget gets spent. Usually, it’s easier to go through an account management team who can make sure that you get in touch with the right distributors, restaurants, and other important experts in your industry.

If you’re going it alone, you’ll need to visit the restaurants that you’re interested in selling too, and check through the menu to get a better idea of the kind of food that they serve. Usually, you’ll be able to tell from the available menu whether your specific product will fit in with the type of cooking offered at each location. You may even be able to arrange an introduction to the chef. Usually, it’s the cook or the chef that will order food for restaurants or cafes, and you’ll need to set an appointment where you’ll have time to impress him, or her.

2.     Introduce Samples of your Food

Once you’ve set an appointment with the cook or chef, you’ll be able to bring samples of your food with you to the occasion, or even invite the buyer to visit your kitchen themselves if they feel comfortable doing this. You should also be prepared to hand over a schedule for delivery, and the kind of prices that the buyer will expect to pay for your products.

At the same time, remember to prepare a list of foods that you will have available, and how much you’re actually able to deliver. You should include a guarantee that promises freshness – particularly if you’re new in the business and you want to convince a chef to trust you.

To make an especially good impression, you could offer to assist the chef in coming up with seasonal menu items and daily specials that incorporate your products. Prepare different recipes and make sure that you deliver them to the restaurant so that the staff and manager can test them.

3.     Make it Easy to Buy from You

Finally, restaurant owners want to work with people who make it incredibly easy to buy from them. This could mean ensuring that you package your products in consistent containers to allow chefs to make orders according to weight, and store the food with simplicity when you deliver it.

Alternatively, you might consider working with a distributor that makes taking food from your location to your restaurant easier than ever. This can reduce the amount of risk that you have to take on for your business, and could even mean that you can make more money, because your distributor could put you in touch with other cafes and restaurants that are willing to buy from you.

Working in the Food Service Industry

It’s important to remember that the complexity of the food service industry can make it a difficult place to get involved with if you’re not used to managing your own business, or working with food. Usually, implementing the best possible strategy will give you the highest chance of success.

Dynamic retail Solutions can offer you the food service expertise that you need to ensure that your product has the opportunity to grow. Whether you’re targeting cafes, restaurants, schools, or hotels, we can partner with the food service company best suited to you.

To get started, why not contact us today on 0424 503 837.

 

3 Things to Know about The Food Service Industry

3 Things to Know about The Food Service Industry

You may not be aware of this, but the food service industry is filled with many different players that businesses need to keep track of, as well as a host of different channels for transporting products from the warehouse, into the marketplace. There are plenty of strategies involved that can lead to failure or success in the current space, and if you add to that the rapid changing of pace alongside a regulatory environment, you end up with a big challenge for established and new manufacturers alike.

Here, we’re going to cut through some of the confusion, and help you to figure out exactly what you need to know to get started in the food service industry.

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Working with Food Service Distributors: What are Distributors?

Working with Food Service Distributors: What are Distributors?

A food service distributor is a company that provides non-food, and food-based products to a range of different commercial environments, including cafeterias, restaurants, industrial caterers, schools, and hospitals. Basically, these are the experts that form the middle man between you, and the food service provider that you want to work with.

Rather than you having to do all the work in manufacturing your food product, then also searching for someone to stock and use that product, a distributor helps to simplify the path to sales for you, so that you can concentrate on doing what you do best. At Dynamic Retail, we work with distributors from a range of food service backgrounds to help you find the solution that works best for your company, regardless of whether you’re interested in working with cafes, restaurants, or something else entirely.

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Selling to the Food Service Industry: How to Approach a Restaurant

Selling to the Food Service Industry: How to Approach a Restaurant

If you’re a company that sells food or beverage products, the chances are that you’ve often considered the option of selling to restaurants and food service businesses, rather than retailers and direct consumers. Selling to the food service industry is a wonderful way to get your product out there, and in the hands of your customers. It’s also a wonderful way to start building your background as a food or beverage company, and contributing to your community.

However, if you want to sell to restaurants, you might need some help with understanding the food service industry, and getting them interested in your product. At Dynamic Retail Solutions, we specialise in helping you get your product into the food service channel. Here, we’ll give you just a few professional tips for how to approach a restaurant.

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