When you are responsible for running a busy restaurant or any other food establishment finding the right suppliers for your produce can be challenging.
Meat and dairy suppliers in particular are a big part of the food industry and without them being able to supply the produce when it is required many problems can occur for the customer who needs it.
A vast majority of restaurants, schools and hospitals buy their produce in bulk so that they have enough to last them a week or two. This works well in theory as long as your supplier does not let you down at the last minute.
One of the many things that customers are looking for is a reputable wholesale meats supplier.
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Meat dishes make up 80% of most menus so therefore finding the right one you can rely upon is of upmost importance when running a business or large kitchen within a commercial or public building.
Doing your research is vital, maybe ask around other restaurants and find out if they use a particular supplier who they trust and know provides quality meats.
You also want to know they can provide the quantities you require and on the days you require it. Producing high quality meat is only good if the supplier can provide the amount you need and deliver it when you need it.
Many wholesale meat providers supply meat straight from their own farms which is a favoured method of getting fresh meat by most restaurants.
Depending on the supplier some of them only sell certain kinds of meat and cuts. In certain cases more than one meat supplier would be required if you wanted to get your quality beef cuts from one and hog or lamb from another wholesale retailer.
It is very rare to get all your meat from the same wholesaler but not unheard of. Some suppliers who specialize in farm-raised meats may deliver dairy produce also which can be highly beneficial to customers.
If you don’t like the idea of asking other restaurants for recommendations another great way of sourcing a reliable supplier would be to ask at local farmers markets.
At markets like this you will not only find out who supplies the best meats in your local area but possibly you will meet some of the suppliers there too.
Farmer’s markets are a wonderful way of getting to know your local suppliers and even sample some of their produce before committing to use their services in the future.
If you are looking to purchase meat at a discounted rate then the best way to do this is to ask your supplier to provide you with the entire carcass.
Buying specific cuts of meat (e.g. steaks, loins, cutlets) will be a more expensive way of doing things.
If you do not have the means to butcher the meat yourself or have someone to do it for you then paying extra to have your meat already cut into portions is necessary.
However, if you have the butchery skills yourself or someone on your staff is capable of this then getting a full carcass will not only be more cost effective but using the scraps to make stocks or mincing it can greatly reduce waste.