Bidfood

Bidfood

Bidfood

Bidfood

Bidfood UAE Launches myBidfood, the First Foodservice E-Distribution Platform

Bidfood

Bidfood KSA Exclusive signs up with Martini & Rossi

Bidfood

Bidfood

Bidfood

Bidfood

Bidfood UAE Launches myBidfood, the First Foodservice E-Distribution Platform

Bidfood

Bidfood KSA Exclusive signs up with Martini & Rossi

ABOUT BIDFOOD

ABOUT
BIDFOOD

Bidfood is the world's leading foodservice distribution company outside North America covering more than 34 countries in five continents. Focused on foodservice, Bidcorp comprises a mix of well-established leading and rapidly growing market positions, offering significant future upside. The profile of the customer base is strategically targeted to fully service the foodservice industry’s needs.

 

 

Bidfood Middle East, part of JSE-listed Bidcorp, currently operates in five markets in the GCC (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, and Jordan) catering to customers as a wholesale food distributor in a wide range of sectors within the foodservice and catering industries. These include hotels, restaurants, cafes, QSRs, sub-distributors, wholesalers, entertainment, as well as many independent operators in the hospitality industry.

Operating Across

5 continents
34 countries

Employees

27,000

Listed on the

Johannesburg
Stock Exchange

OUR
LATEST NEWS

October 05, 2021 | 10:00 AM

Harnessing The Power Of People And Culture


  Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of welcoming Lucy d’Abo to our Bidfood office in the UAE. Lucy is a business advisor to companies around organizational excellence, brand culture, talent acquisition, succession planning, and preparation for acquisition and growth strategy. The session started with Lucy walking us through her inspiring journey of how she co-founded and built a market-leading creative communications agency DABO & CO, how she successfully secured an acquisition, managing a merger and subsequent earn-out.   What stuck with all of our Bidfoodies after just a few moments of interacting with Lucy was her take on workplace culture and her passion for building connections.   During the hour, we learned that the key to building a superpower culture revolved around a set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that bind us as an organization. Moreover, good company cultures are prevalent in those organizations where every person in the company believed in the purpose of the business and its values.     It was here that we got the chance to reflect upon Bidfood’s own purpose and how we play our part to achieve it.  "To enable food operators to provide an amazing dining experience to end consumers."   Lucy highlighted how successful company cultures lean on multiple pillars - from workforce and leadership to communication and strategy. We discussed, collectively, the importance of raising one's own voice, taking accountability for actions and every person's role in being responsible for a company's culture.   The excitement hit the roof when Lucy's team proceeded to conduct a series of fun-filled group activities that had all our Bidfoodies completely engaged. We were made to perform tasks that reiterated the core of practising good cultures that focused on:  Progressive Leadership: Fostering trust and breeding a culture of ownership Communication: Sharing is power – access to information is empowering and so is listening Care: Caring for your people to build loyalty, camaraderie and resilience   Reflecting back on Lucy's insightful words, we collectively echo the sentiment that each person is responsible for the culture of the company and continuously work hard to make Bidfood the best company to work in and with.   
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September 29, 2021

5 Non-Boring Ways to Give Your Drinks Menu a Health Boost


68% of consumers shared that they are now more concerned about their health and well-being, according to the Bidfood Trends 2021 report. Additionally, 51% of consumers are more inclined to go for healthier choices when eating out. If you own or run a café, restaurant, or hotel that offers the usual drink menu to your customers, don’t you think it’s high time to consider the numbers above? Would your regular house drink be enough to satisfy a more health-conscious customer? From finding new ways to enjoy a healthy cup of illy coffee to offering more nutritious beverage choices, we at Bidfood are ready to support your shift to a healthier, more sustainable way of serving your customers. Stirring Up Healthier Options As a food service provider, statistics such as those mentioned above are crucial when developing a new approach to creating menus that complement the way people eat and drink. In addition, it’s imperative to explore how you can adapt to the evolving ways that consumers lead healthier lives. With health being such a broad topic, however, it is easy to get overwhelmed. You have to wade through and analyze a wealth of niche concepts and fad diets to determine if developing a healthier drinks menu is sustainable for your business. You also have to consider if it’s the right fit for your market. Finding a balance between offering healthy choices and maintaining an appealing and exciting menu can be a challenge. Will concocting a mocktail using calorie-free sparkling water fare well with bubbly-loving customers? Will switching to tree syrups make a difference with clients who have a sweet tooth? Below, we offer you some ideas on how you can keep your drink menu exciting while also giving it a health boost: 1. Go Light and Low Calorie counting is back with a vengeance, especially with consumers who are looking to improve their health. In some countries like the United Kingdom, calorie labeling will be introduced in big food service establishments starting April 2022, which may translate to more widespread awareness. If you want to attract health-conscious customers, you can add low-calorie options to your drinks menu. Guilt-free coffee concoctions like low-calorie alcoholic drinks or fruit-infused water are some excellent examples of items that can shave calories off your menu (and your customers’ diet). Of course, good old water is still the best zero-calorie choice. But to make it more fun, you can offer sparkling natural water with a few slivers of lemon or a squeeze of seasonal fruit. 2. Swap Sugars Instead of simply serving soda and other carbonated beverages, you can add some zest into your drinks menu by swapping artificial sweeteners with healthier alternatives. With the wellness trend on a high, a wide range of naturally derived sweeteners is available such as agave, coconut nectar, date, Jerusalem artichoke syrup, monk fruit, stevia, and yacon root. Sparkling fruit beverages such as the San Pellegrino line have also switched from sugar to stevia leaf extract, making it a low-sugar, low-calorie drink. You can also offer “jeltzers,” a combination of healthy fruit juices and seltzer or sparkling water. Opt for grape or pomegranate juice for their antioxidant properties. 3. Offer Low- or No-Alcohol Options To expand your drinks menu, include healthier zero- or low-alcohol drinks. Doing so will also widen your market as it can cater to those who love to party without the heavy buzz. Mocktails are popular options with healthier alternatives, such as a Ruby Sparkler Mocktail that combines chilled sparkling water, rhubarb-plum syrup, and agave or honey. Other mocktail options make use of apple cider, blood orange, cranberry, and strawberry. Sangria is also a no-alcohol option. You can get our Blackcurrant and Hibiscus Fruit tea as your base and add chopped fruits like apples, clementines, oranges, peaches, or pomegranates and serve it chilled. You can carry alcohol-free sparkling wine as well, like Martini Dolce for those who want the bubbles without the lousy hangover. 4. Think of Wellness-Inspired Themes Another idea to add some pizzazz to your drinks menu is to create one with a specific theme. For example, consider holding wellness-inspired concepts with seasonal beverages such as Summer Smoothies or Winter Melons. You can also hold special “healthy” days such as Mocktail Mondays or Fruity Fridays, where you highlight your healthier offerings. You can even put a twist on your fruit or vegetable smoothies by using sparkling water instead of still. It gives the fizz that you want from fun beverages like soda without the added calories or sugars. 5. Consider Functional Drinks Functional drinks are also gaining traction and would be an excellent addition to your menu. Focus is trained now on the link between gut health, immunity, and probiotics. Digestive health is also a key area where fermented food such as kefir, yogurt, and kombucha fit in. Kombucha tea is especially getting its fair share of attention that has inspired various drinks ranging from warm, soothing teas to iced and fizzy concoctions. You can also tailor your functional drink menu to specific life stages. For example, creating drinks that cater to kids, pregnant or menopausal women, or adults in their senior years can also open up many opportunities. Working Towards Wellness Going the healthy route and developing a drinks menu with nutritious beverages can help your brand and business. The pandemic has brought on a more robust community spirit, with consumers patronizing companies that invest and give back to the community. Expanding your menu to include healthier choices can also open your doors to more patrons and better opportunities. Contact us today for more information on beverages that can help give your own drinks menu a healthy boost.
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September 20, 2021 | 04:00 PM

Bidfood UAE Gears Up for Expo 2020


Serving You So You Can Serve the World   With just 10 days to go for Expo 2020 for what is seemingly the largest event to ever take place in the Middle East, Bidfood is gearing up to serve the market for the 6-month long event. As the UAE is currently the global leader in vaccination rates and COVID-19 restrictions have significantly eased, it comes as no surprise that current reports highlight that the event is set to see over 15 million local and foreign visits. This is a clear indicator that the UAE’s foodservice sector is set to flourish, both, inside and outside the Expo premises.    Bidfood UAE plans to support its foodservice partners that have outlets inside and outside Expo with its wide range of food and beverage solutions. Bidfood boasts of an impressive portfolio – ranging from meat, dairy and condiments to bakery, beverages and more; supported by world-class brands like Heinz, Lamb Weston, Anchor, Bridor, Emborg, Mackas, San Pellegrino, Acqua Panna, Red Bull, etc.    “These are exciting times – we have successfully come out the other end of the pandemic tunnel and have been eagerly awaiting the launch of Expo 2020. We look forward to this once-in-a-lifetime event that will enable us to explore, learn, and grow together with our foodservice partners.”, says Hisham Al Jamil, CEO of Bidfood Middle East.    In anticipation of Dubai turning into the “meeting place of the world”, Bidfood has made a significant increase in its stock coverage and fleet capacity. This is a premeditated decision to ensure that their partners across the market are well equipped to serve their end-consumers and create amazing dining experiences.   Their latest digital solution, myBidfood, has gained significant popularity as the Middle East’s first foodservice e-distribution platform, allowing all customers to order 24x7 from anywhere. This robust platform enables suppliers to showcase not only their products but also allows them to include ingredients, recipes, additional specifications, and communicate with customers. Further to this, operators can live-track orders, discover exclusive promotions and manage their cost and supply chain through myBidfood’s menu planning feature.  To learn more about the platform, click here.      Amongst other initiatives, Bidfood is working toward the spectacular launch of a new, innovative and sustainable product in the market. More details will be revealed post the launch of Expo so stay tuned for more.    “We are taking a leap of faith. We are aligned with the UAE government’s vision and what they are bringing to the market with Expo. This event has allowed us to tactically plan initiatives that ensure we are ready to serve our partners and offer amazing dining experiences to the end-consumers over the months to come.”, Hisham echoes.     All in all, the air is electric with the excitement of Expo 2020 and Bidfood is ready to serve you so you can serve the world.     
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