Finding Good Food Suppliers
Working in the hospitality industry does not begin and end with good friendly service. Although this is a massive part of running a successful hotel or resort, many guests will admit that one of the most exciting parts of their holiday is indulging (and sometimes overindulging) in delicious food and meals.
It Can Make or Break Your Kitchen
So you can only imagine how important it is that we, as a leading forest hotel, ensure that all our guests get served what they want and , if possible, better than what they expect. However, this not always an easy task and your food suppliers have the potential to make or break your kitchen. There are many ways that you can ensure you are making wise choices when it comes to picking the perfect supplier, here are our tried and tested steps.
Have a deep look into your food supplier needs
The first step that we recommend is having a deep look into what types of food suppliers you need. It is nearly impossible to find a one supplier-fits-all in this industry and using different suppliers that specialise in one or two food groups is always a better idea. Decide what those food groups are. Finding a good fruit and vegetable supplier is important in most kitchens. But other than that, what are your other specialties? Are you promising the best fish in town? Then finding a quality, fresh seafood supplier and distributor, for instance, is extremely valuable.
Identify your food supplier options
Once you have established what types of food suppliers that you need, it is important to do some looking around and comparisons. Get good industry insights from others in your field and look at the advantages and disadvantages of each. Never settle with the first option, do some deeper digging and you may be surprised. For example, a large supplier to a number of kitchens in the area may seem to be one with a lot of experience, but how are they cultivating their produce to meet the demand? Look for suppliers with a reputation for being reliable, professional and ethical and you will not go wrong.
See if running a trial period is an option
Now that you think that you have found the perfect supplier, testing them out in real time is a different story entirely. See if you can try them out for a short contract before being sucked into a six month or one year contract. That way, you have the option to opt out if they are under performing.
A bad supplier can really hurt your business and finding the perfect one may seem like a daunting task. By following these simple guidelines, you can help eliminate some potential risk of having an empty kitchen and dissatisfied customers.
At Anew Hotel Ingeli Forest & Spa, we do feel that we have perfected the art of finding food suppliers that we can rely on. If you want a quick getaway to enjoy some good food and relax, get in touch and enjoy a memorable experience with us. .