Starting a new business can be overwhelming. There can be many daunting tasks to complete and processes to start. Of course, one of the most important is sourcing your food. Here are five simple tips to help you get the food you need easily and at the best price.
1. Detail your menu. It’s important to have a complete list of the items you’ll need before you begin sourcing, so creating your menu is the first step in finding the right food. List every ingredient needed for each item, and don’t forget basics like tea bags and coffee.
2. Get a business membership to a retail warehouse store. Spend some time on the store’s website to see which of the items you need can be purchased there and make a list. Buying from a retail warehouse store is a great way for new restaurants to start out because you may not have the business credit to get an account with a broadliner food service. Plan on using a business food delivery service to get the items to the restaurant. In New York City, you can waste a lot of time picking up items.
3. Talk to local farmers. During the growing season, source fresh items that are featured in your menu from farmers in the area. You’ll save money on transporting the food, and you will have better tasting vegetables and fruits. Being able to advertise that you feature local produce can be a good marketing strategy, too.
4. Support other businesses. Become a part of your local business community by using local products. For example, consider sourcing some of your desserts or breads from the local baker. If there’s a winery nearby, be certain their wines are on your wine list. Local items are always less expensive in the long run, are fresher, and bring you good will in your community.
5. Have items delivered. Avoid having to pick up your foods whenever possible. When you are working out a contract with a farmer or local food provider, have delivery figured into the price. Find a business food delivery company that will bring your order from the retail warehouse. Even with the fee, you’ll save money, and you’ll save time by having the items delivered.
Your food is your most important resource in your new restaurant. Without a good plan for sourcing food in a way that is convenient and cost effective, your restaurant will have difficulty getting off the ground. Use these five tips to help you get started sourcing your food quickly and economically.