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New Restaurant Purchasing Strategies for 2024

As the restaurant industry continues to evolve, so do the needs and expectations of restaurant owners. In 2024, restaurant owners will be looking for more than just quality products from their foodservice suppliers. They will also be seeking sustainability, technology, and a strong supply chain. In this article, we will explore the key factors that restaurant owners will be looking for in a foodservice supplier in 2024.


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Sustainability has become a top priority for many restaurant owners and their customers. In 2024, restaurant owners will be looking for foodservice suppliers who prioritize sustainability in their operations. This includes using eco-friendly packaging, sourcing ingredients from sustainable sources, and implementing sustainable practices in their supply chain. Restaurant owners want to partner with suppliers who share their values and are committed to reducing their environmental impact.


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Technology has become an integral part of the restaurant industry, and this trend will continue in 2024. Restaurant owners will be looking for foodservice suppliers who are utilizing technology to streamline their operations and improve efficiency. This could include online ordering systems, inventory management software, and automated delivery systems. By partnering with technologically advanced suppliers, restaurant owners can improve their own operations and provide a better experience for their customers.

Strong Supply Chain

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A strong supply chain is crucial for the success of any restaurant. In 2024, restaurant owners will be looking for foodservice suppliers who have a reliable and efficient supply chain. This means having a diverse network of suppliers, implementing effective inventory management systems, and having contingency plans in place for any potential disruptions. Restaurant owners want to work with suppliers who can consistently provide them with the products they need, when they need them.

Product Freshness

One of the top concerns for restaurant owners is the freshness and quality of the products they serve to their customers. With the rise of social media, public ratings and influencers, a restaurant can miss out on hundreds of potential customers based on a few bad quality reviews. This year, restaurant owners will be looking for foodservice suppliers who prioritize product freshness and have strict quality control measures in place. This includes regular testing and inspections to ensure that all products meet the highest standards. By partnering with suppliers who prioritize freshness, restaurant owners can provide their customers with the best possible dining experience.

Competitive Pricing

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In addition to quality products and services, restaurant owners are always looking for ways to cut costs and improve their bottom line. This year, owners will be looking for foodservice suppliers who offer competitive pricing without sacrificing quality. This means working with suppliers who can provide bulk discounts, offer flexible payment options, and have transparent pricing structures. By partnering with cost-effective suppliers, restaurant owners can improve their profitability and stay competitive in the market.

This year is shaping up to be a big year for eating out and suppliers who prioritize sustainability, technology, a strong supply chain, product freshness, and competitive pricing will no doubt, grab market share. By understanding these key factors, purveyors can position themselves as valuable partners for restaurant owners and help them achieve success in the ever-evolving restaurant industry. If your restaurant would like to get an evaluation of your menu product costs, Chef’s Kitchen has great resources available to review and competitively quote out your products. In addition, they will analyze your location to their service area to make sure they can provide you with the top-level service your business deserves. Call 773-801-1600 or email today to start the conversation.

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Chad Wisneski VP Sales and Marketing
VP of Sales and Marketing for Chef's Kitchen, 86 Foodservice, Meadowbrook Egg & Dairy and Dearborn Marketplace.

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