Bidfood

The goodness of nature now available on your table

Bidfood

Bidfood UAE Signs Distribution Agreement With Kraft Heinz Foodservice

Bidfood
Bidfood

The goodness of nature now available on your table

Bidfood

Bidfood UAE Signs Distribution Agreement With Kraft Heinz Foodservice

Bidfood

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

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LATEST NEWS

March 19, 2020

2 Types of Syrups Guaranteed to Elevate Your Beverage Offerings


Much like food, some drinks require a bit of a boost to add another dimension of flavor. Coffee, for instance, tastes bitter on its own. With the right flavored sweetener added in, not only does the coffee become sweeter, but its taste profile changes, as well. The same theory applies to cocktails. Using flavored syrups can remove some of the bitterness and acidity associated with alcohol, creating a more palatable drink in the process. A cocktail can taste fruitier, nuttier, or even spicier, just by pouring the right type and amount of syrup. Syrups come in a wide range of flavors and consistency. You can browse through our online catalog to see the many unique flavors we offer, including salted pistachio, popcorn, and Asian lemongrass, among others. With having a variety of syrups in your coffee shop, bar, or restaurant, you can create personalized concoctions for any type of customer. Are you thinking of adding sweeteners to your establishment’s arsenal of sweet fluids? As an established and renowned beverage distributor in the UAE, we can guide you in picking the right syrup for your business needs. Become a master of syrups with this list of categories and types. Basic types of syrup The syrups that fall under this category are well-known and already commonly used in different beverage applications. 1. Simple syrup As the name implies, the recipe utilizes as much granulated sugar as water to create a gooey liquid. Some people heat the ingredients to ensure these mix well, much like when you produce caramel. However, you can simply make the syrup without any cooking or heat involved. Mix the two ingredients rapidly and forcefully until all the sugar granules dissolve thoroughly. This basic syrup is what you may find in your typical iced coffee, tea, or in simple cocktail recipes. Rich simple syrups are made the same way but with double the amount of sugar to create an overwhelmingly sweeter liquid. 2. Honey syrup Honey is naturally thick. Given this characteristic of honey, the temperature of the water or liquid is central to producing the syrup you want. For instance, cold water or ice can solidify or turn the honey into goo. On the other hand, using hot water can help break down its caramel-like consistency, making the liquid easier to mix into drinks. Add this syrup with your mix of tequila and sage for one smashing cocktail. 3. Turbinado or Demerara Sugars and sweeteners have unique flavor characteristics. Granulated sugar, for instance, contains no molasses. Because of its dry consistency, it doesn’t clump together and can be easily measured and sprinkled onto food or drinks. Brown sugar, on the other hand, contains cane molasses. They contain more moisture as compared to white sugar. The combination gives it more flavor, and when mixed in cookies, it makes the cookies chewy. Demerara is sugar made from raw sugar cane. The processing is minimal, just enough to make the sugar safe for consumption. As a result, the sugar contains more natural molasses as compared to white or brown sugar. Making this syrup is similar to the basic recipe. The result is a taste profile that resembles more of caramel. This type of syrup makes an excellent addition to tropical drinks. Specialty syrups As a major food and beverage company in the UAE, Bidfood offers a comprehensive line of syrups for flavoring coffee, mixing cocktails, and cooking purposes, among others. We have syrups in various flavors designed for specific purposes. Here are some of the types of syrups you may come across in our catalogs: 1. Sugar alternatives Some people need to be extra cautious with knowing what’s inside what they eat or drink to Health-conscious people or individuals with dietary concerns need to look for alternatives to certain ingredients. Individuals with sensitivities to gluten, for instance, require foods and drinks that are gluten-free. With the variety of syrups available, it is possible to find one that suits different dietary concerns. Now you can find natural, sugar-free, organic, or gluten-free sweet liqueur or sweetener options. To make sure you have the right one, check the label and description carefully before purchasing. 2. Concentrated syrups For cafés, coffee shops, bars, and even restaurants with an extensive selection of beverages, mixing drinks and cocktails requires precision and speed. Concentrates make it possible for baristas, bartenders, and the like to mix drinks quickly. Concentrates feature a bolder, sweeter flavor as compared to the basic syrups. Only a small amount of the syrup is needed to get the taste you want when mixed in coffees, teas, or other types of drinks. This makes concentrated syrups a practical flavorful component to any thriving bar, restaurant, or café. Are you ready to get creative with your coffee shop or bar’s line of drinks? Browse through our online catalog and send your orders through the Bidfood website today. Our online product catalog includes a comprehensive range of both popular and unique flavors from Monin and other leading brands.
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March 17, 2020

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Meat Supplier for Your Restaurant


Meat is a highly valuable ingredient in most restaurant dishes. In fact, it's often considered the star of gastronomic spreads. This only goes to show how crucial it is for dining establishments to pay close attention to the quality of the meats they serve. If you are a restaurant owner, ensuring the quality of your meats depends greatly on the supplier you choose, and this is no easy task. For many, this can take years of trying one supplier after another. It's important to note, however, that the difficulty in finding the right supplier is not just about the quality of meats they deliver. Their reliability is also a vital consideration. How to Choose Your Meat Supplier Indeed, choosing a meat supplier for your restaurant is bound to be tricky, but to make this critical task significantly easier, here are five tips to follow. Tip #1: Compare the meat catalogs of the top meat suppliers in your area. Catalogs will show you an extensive list of the meats the suppliers can provide your business. You want to make sure that they have the specific types of meat you need and more. Generally, catalogs also include information about the meats, such as where the origin, whether it’s free-range or not, and the certifications these have to prove their quality. Based on the information these catalogs have, you will gain a solid idea of which supplier can meet your restaurant needs. Tip #2: Conduct a background check and do a test run to determine reliability. Check out customer reviews, testimonials, and feedback online. There are sites dedicated to these, and you'll have access to the experiences of other people with the suppliers that you are considering. However, do not just rely on the experiences of others. It would help to have your own experience with them to base your decision on. Give the highest-rated or most recommended meat suppliers a test run. Place a challenging order and see how well the suppliers can provide you precisely what you need and when you need it. If the supplier delivers everything to a T, you pretty much have yourself a winner. Tip #3: See how excellent their customer service is. A supplier's quality of customer service is another important variable to consider. It will be to your restaurant's advantage if your supplier demonstrates a deep commitment to assisting your business in its growth. There are efforts or gestures that demonstrate this, such as giving your restaurant a call whenever top-quality meat comes in or being knowledgeable about your usual orders. There are even meat suppliers who are real experts at what they do, so they can also recommend the best cuts and types of meat for certain dishes. And the best type of customer service that meat suppliers should deliver is a guarantee of freshness and high quality. If they fail to ensure both for your orders, they should be willing to refund your money if you are not satisfied. Tip #4: Study the value the supplier provides. Value is not just the price set for the products you get; it includes everything else — the brand of customer service delivered, the after-sale service provisions, deals, freebies, and so much more. The best meat suppliers are devoted to providing their clients with the best value for their money. This is their way of strengthening their industry image and reputation and securing customer loyalty. If you come across a supplier that doesn't pay much attention to these details, it only shows that they don't care about developing strong business relationships. Your restaurant will not benefit from a partnership with such an establishment. Tip #5: See how well the meat supplier keeps up with food trends. You know a meat supplier is a keeper if their offerings grow over time to accommodate the evolving demands of their customers. Not only that, but they should also remain adequately stocked to cater to the high demand for certain meats because of trends. Again, find a supplier that can serve as a one-stop shop for your meat requirements and can even inform you about the latest food trends that your restaurant should consider jumping on. With such a supplier, your business can quickly meet its productivity goals. BidFood - The No. 1 Meat Supplier in the UAE and Saudi Arabia If you are based in the UAE or Saudi Arabia, and your restaurant is in need of a reliable meat supplier, BidFood is the perfect company for the job. We are an international wholesale food distribution company that operates across five continents. This allows us access to the best sources of high-quality meats to serve world-class hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Ordering from us is a breeze through our online store. So, anytime you need to replenish your stock, give us a call or leave us a message, and we’ll have all your orders delivered right when you need them.
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February 12, 2020 | 10:10 AM

3 Bread Storage Techniques To Prolong Freshness


Bread is a staple in many societies, so it isn’t surprising that more and more establishments need to store tons of it for their customers. From fast food to high-end restaurants and cafes, bread plays a vital role in the culinary world. Aside from being served as is, bread can also be made into several other things, including sandwiches, toast, and side dishes, pudding and eggs and bacon. Considering this, it is imperative that you make sure that the batches of bread you buy (or bake) stays fresh for as long as possible. While every batch of bread is bound to go stale at some point, this doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t try to prolong its freshness. Whether it is bought from the supermarket or picked up from your favorite bakery, proper storage is the key to ensuring that your bread supply can last. Although there’s no single rule that applies to all, you can learn from the following three bread storage techniques to avoid serving stale bread to your customers. 1. Shelving For bakeries, cafes, and similar establishments, displaying bread and cakes in counters or shelves is crucial for sales. When done properly, shelving bread can make the products last longer. Consider the following tips to ensure that you can make the most out of this food product: • Use Airtight Containers When displaying baked goods, the use of the correct containers is crucial. For most bread, wrapping it in a foil or tucking it in an airtight bag is the best way to go. This is because these types of containers protect the bread from moisture. Keep in mind that even the slightest moisture can lead to the growth of mold. • KeepBread Away from Direct Sunlight When planning your restaurant or bakeshop layout, make sure to consider which parts of the space get sunlight at different times of the day. Remember that bread to be put on display should be placed in a dry, cool area where sunlight cannot reach it. • Don’t Wrap Hot Bread Hot bread that has just been brought out fresh from the oven can last longer if you let it cool before packing. Wrapping them while still warm can lead to excess moisture and might even end up making the bread soft or even moldy. 2. Freezing Most food products should be stored in a cool place to keep them fresh, but bread is a bit trickier. Essentially, you can keep bread that won’t be consumed immediately in the freezer, but never in the fridge. Read below to know why: • Avoiding the Refrigerator As mentioned earlier, bread should be kept in a cool place. However, keeping bread in the fridge can cause it to stale up to six times faster than it normally would when placed on a shelf or counter. This is because refrigeration can hasten the degradation of the starch and moisture loss that could lead to stale bread. That is, of course, unless the bread is made commercially, which essentially means it contains preservatives that keep it in a “fresh” state longer. The refrigerator top is also a bad place to keep bread in as it usually emits high temperatures that could cause the bread to dry out rapidly. It is also believed to cause condensation in the bread that can trigger degradation. • Maximizing the Freezer Although refrigeration can expedite the recrystallization of starches contained in bread, freezing doesn’t. This is because the temperature in the fridge allows water within the bread to move, but the freezer does not. So, like frozen cakes, bread can also do better in the freezer than in the fridge. In fact, freezing is considered the best way to preserve its freshness (or at least, in the exact same state it was when you placed it inside the freezer). This is because icy environments inhibit starch degradation and keep the bread in a stable state. The best part is, it can last for as long as two to three months in the freezer. Frozen bread can be reheated in a toaster or oven for ten to 15 minutes at about 350 degrees Fahrenheit to re-gelatinize the starches, bringing it back to its springy and chewy state. Just remember to keep it in a sealed zip-lock bag with as little air as possible before freezing. If you’re fond of toast, remember to slice the bread before keeping it in the freezer. Slicing bread in several pieces is also a good practice even if you don’t like toast as it can help avoid defrosting the entire loaf, only to re-freeze what remains. One more thing you must remember is to freeze bread while it is still fresh. Never do so when it’s starting to go stale. 3. Boxing While they aren’t as good as freezers, good quality and big-sized bread boxes can be a cheaper alternative for storing bread. This is because such containers can help create an environment with a more balanced humidity while permitting air circulation. Just remember to avoid overfilling it and remove any paper bag wrapper that can trap moisture which, in turn, destroys the crust. Final Advice: Consider the Bread Type Generally, different types of bread have varying shelf lives. Aside from following the three storage techniques listed in this article, you should also consider the kind of bread you’re preserving as some contain ingredients that can help them keep for longer.
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