Bidfood

Bidfood

The goodness of nature now available on your table

Bidfood

Bidfood UAE Signs Distribution Agreement With Kraft Heinz Foodservice

Bidfood
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

June 24, 2020

8 Ways to Amp Up Your Dessert Menu


The food service industry is a ferociously competitive arena. Thousands of new restaurants launch every year, but sadly, studies show that only 50 percent of these remain operational after the two-year mark. According to industry specialists, one of the main reasons behind the closure of some dining establishments is the lack of innovation. Quite often, it's not enough that the menu items taste wonderful. They need to be memorable, too. Therefore, there should be a continuous effort to improve and present something unexpected yet delightful. Some of the best items on the menu to experiment with are the desserts. This is evident enough in all the Instagram "food-tographs" that pop up in the Explore section. Also, desserts are sweet indulgences that are easy enough to elevate in terms of appearance and taste.  So, if you are looking for a way to refresh your restaurant offerings, work on amping up your dessert menu. Do this whether you prepare the desserts from scratch at the restaurant or simply purchase frozen cakes and other sweet treats from reliable distributors. 8 Effective Ways to Improve Your Desserts According to professional bakers, patissiers, and photographers, you don't need to take the complicated route in leveling up your dessert menu. Simple tricks will do the job. Shared below are eight ideas to try. 1. Update flavor combinations Desserts, as delicious as they are, can be sickeningly sweet for some. Therefore, it's nice to add another layer of flavor to them. For example, if you have a popular vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting on the menu, it's perfect by itself. But, you can make people consume more of it if you add salty or savory flavors. Consider crushing salted pretzels and sprinkling them generously on the frosting or decorating the cupcake with two strips of bacon. The combination may seem weird, but people with a dynamic palate may enjoy the contrasting flavors. 2. Create miniatures If you don't have a lot of small desserts on the menu, start including them. "Cute" is an enormous draw factor, and you can't overlook the fact that a lot of diners prefer small morsels that do not require fancy utensils to eat. Some of the miniature desserts worth including in your menu are cheesecake bites, mini cream puffs, and pies.  3. Add seasonal items This has got to be one of the easiest ways to switch things up for your dessert menu. Celebrate the changing seasons by including seasonal offerings.  Say, during the fall, include spiced desserts in the selection. Meanwhile, for Christmas, make sure to add Santa Claus-themed sweets such as Santa-shaped beehives, butter cookies, and cupcakes. And during the summer, add more recipes that feature summer fruits such as apricots, berries, melons, and pineapples. 4. Experiment with herbs Herbs are not often used for desserts, but they can actually give classic recipes a whole new appeal. Tarragon, thyme, mint, and rosemary can make sweetened fruits for pies more appetizing. Plus, sprigs of these herbs make desserts more visually appealing. 5. Come up with hip presentations You'll create a more desirable dessert menu if you make every item pretty. Take new pictures of the selection and glam up every item. An elegant presentation will make petits fours and other sweet morsels more desirable. Here are two presentation tricks to try: Place small cakes in a shallow bowl, then cover these with a crystal goblet turned upside down. Surround and sprinkle desserts with edible flowers. 6. Play with liqueur Spiked desserts are quite popular, and they're worth including, especially if your restaurant has a diverse clientele. A lot of people just enjoy the light and rebellious feeling they get when they eat desserts they know have added liqueur. Plus, certain liqueurs and spirits can truly enhance the flavors of ingredients. For instance, rum chocolate fudge is delicious, and it feels like a real treat, especially if a single order just comprises three nuggets. Margarita ice cream is another enjoyable dessert for gastronomes. These kinds of options will make your dessert menu more exciting. 7. Pair special beverages with certain dessert items Reach out to gourmands and sommeliers to find out what types of wine would be perfect for matching with your dessert menu’s top-selling items. Pairing desserts with wine is a lovely chance to create a luxurious experience for diners. But it's not just wine that you can pair with desserts. Teas, and tea blends, as well as carbonated beverages and coffee concoctions, make attractive compatible matches as, too. 8. Come up with unusual names Make poring through the menu a fun experience for your diners by giving your desserts quirky names. For example, a homemade recipe that's been passed down to your family can be named "Nannie Dolly's Delicious Mistake." Or, if you offer a decadent chocolate cake that makes use of high-end chocolates, how about calling it "ChoCo Chanel?" Get Your Dessert Essentials From Bidfood These are just eight strategies worth trying to improve your dessert selection. More than any of these strategies, however, the tried and true surefire way to amp up your dessert menu is by using only the finest ingredients in your products. You can get this quality assurance from us at Bidfood.  We are the most trusted food and beverage company in the UAE. We have imported ingredients for dessert recipes and also sell wholesale sweet treats like cakes, cookies, and pastries.  You can order from us online, and we'll have what you need delivered to your restaurant right away.
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May 28, 2020

5 Foodservice Innovations to Address COVID-19 & Beyond


The food and beverage industry is one of the industries worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses in this sector are expected to lose millions of dollars in sales and revenue, with many possibly closing down after the crisis is over. Many businesses in the foodservice sector, however, refuse to let this pandemic bring them down. Although these companies are not allowed to carry out their normal operations, they are still finding ways to provide their service or deliver their goods to meet the needs of their customers, and people, in general. In the UAE, foodservice operators have already found and implemented innovations that have helped them cope with the pandemic. Since the coronavirus is expected to usher in a “new normal,” these changes will stick around even after the crisis is over. But what changes have foodservice operators in the UAE implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Trusted food suppliers in Dubai list them below: 1. Delivery Services Although delivery services have been around for years, the coronavirus global crisis has motivated restaurants, food suppliers, and other foodservice operators to rethink and put their own spin on this amenity. For instance, some restaurants that did not previously offer delivery services are now including this in their provisions. Aside from food, they can also deliver beverages, both hot and cold. In addition, many dining establishments and food suppliers are also providing consumers with more options. Aside from ready-to-eat meals, they are also offering a variety of meats, fish, vegan and dairy products, desserts, pantry and bakery supplies, beverages, condiments, and other items that can inspire home cooks to create their culinary masterpieces. With the rise of delivery services, consumers can still enjoy their favorite foods from their preferred restaurants in the comfort and safety of their homes. Whether they order the ready-to-eat option or the ingredients for dishes they have to cook, everyone can still indulge. 2. Improved Food Handling Workforce Safety Even though there is no proof of COVID-19 transmission through food or food packaging, restaurants and food suppliers are still putting in place stringent new safety measures to protect both their staff and customers. All foodservice businesses have put up clear protocols which employees, suppliers, partners, and customers have to follow. One important part of these SOPs is the frequent washing of hands for at least 20 seconds. All delivery personnel are well-trained and instructed to follow health protocols regarding the collection and delivery of orders. These include frequent sanitization of their hands and vehicles. For restaurants and foodservice businesses that offer takeaway or pickup services, physical distancing recommendations are strictly observed. This means that employees have to stay at least two meters away from their coworkers and customers. The number of employees in the food preparation area is also now limited. Establishments are limiting the number of customers inside the premises as well.   Moreover, hand sanitizers are available and free for all customers to use. Employees also have to clean and disinfect touchpoints, such as doorknobs, payment stations, and baskets regularly. 3. Improved Food Packaging Dining establishments were already particular about the packaging they used for takeaways and deliveries. However, with the pandemic, foodservice businesses have doubled their efforts. Foodservice businesses are now choosing packaging materials that can maintain hot and cold temperatures for as long as possible and uphold food quality. Additionally, closed packaging now has a tamper-proof seal. Other popular packaging options today include adhesive seals on take-out bags that tear the bag when opened, and carryout containers with plastic tabs that break when the food is accessed. Some foodservice businesses are also using tamper-evident labels, cartons and cups or lids with tamper-evident seals or adhesive strips or bands. Additionally, many restaurants are labeling food packages with the time and date of pick up. They also offer heating or reheating instructions if necessary. With better food packaging, foodservice businesses can help ensure their products are safe for consumption. 4. Click and Collect Aside from delivery services, local food suppliers and some restaurants are also offering a click and collect option. This service allows customers to order and pay for these items online and pick them up in-store or at a centralized collection point. With this option, the consumer can choose the place where they collect their purchases. This collection spot can be somewhere near their home or anywhere that is convenient for them and they feel safe to go to. Another advantage the click and collect option offers to consumers is that they can select a collection area that will allow them to pick up frozen proteins from their preferred meat suppliers in Dubai and store these quickly in their freezers at home or in their commercial establishments. 5. Service With Empathy and Generosity Lastly, foodservice businesses are going beyond simply providing consumers meals; many are doing so with genuine concern and compassion not only for their customers but for other people in general. Many food suppliers are working hard to deliver their products to the most vulnerable people during these difficult times. These include hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities. Additionally, many foodservice businesses are donating supplies to feed the frontliners and the needy without any thought of getting anything back. With these innovations, foodservice businesses can cope with and survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, these worthwhile changes will endear them to customers — something that will prove useful in the future. Know more about the supplies we have at hand ready for delivery or collection on our homepage.
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May 10, 2020

The Top 5 Tips for Buying Cooking Oil in Bulk


The food service industry is a ferociously competitive arena. Thousands of new restaurants launch every year, but sadly, studies show that only 50 percent of these remain operational after the two-year mark. According to industry specialists, one of the main reasons behind the closure of some dining establishments is the lack of innovation. Quite often, it's not enough that the menu items taste wonderful. They need to be memorable, too. Therefore, there should be a continuous effort to improve and present something unexpected yet delightful. Some of the best items on the menu to experiment with are the desserts. This is evident enough in all the Instagram "food-tographs" that pop up in the Explore section. Also, desserts are sweet indulgences that are easy enough to elevate in terms of appearance and taste.  So, if you are looking for a way to refresh your restaurant offerings, work on amping up your dessert menu. Do this whether you prepare the desserts from scratch at the restaurant or simply purchase frozen cakes and other sweet treats from reliable distributors. 8 Effective Ways to Improve Your Desserts According to professional bakers, patissiers, and photographers, you don't need to take the complicated route in leveling up your dessert menu. Simple tricks will do the job. Shared below are eight ideas to try. 1. Update flavor combinations Desserts, as delicious as they are, can be sickeningly sweet for some. Therefore, it's nice to add another layer of flavor to them. For example, if you have a popular vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting on the menu, it's perfect by itself. But, you can make people consume more of it if you add salty or savory flavors. Consider crushing salted pretzels and sprinkling them generously on the frosting or decorating the cupcake with two strips of bacon. The combination may seem weird, but people with a dynamic palate may enjoy the contrasting flavors. 2. Create miniatures If you don't have a lot of small desserts on the menu, start including them. "Cute" is an enormous draw factor, and you can't overlook the fact that a lot of diners prefer small morsels that do not require fancy utensils to eat. Some of the miniature desserts worth including in your menu are cheesecake bites, mini cream puffs, and pies.  3. Add seasonal items This has got to be one of the easiest ways to switch things up for your dessert menu. Celebrate the changing seasons by including seasonal offerings.  Say, during the fall, include spiced desserts in the selection. Meanwhile, for Christmas, make sure to add Santa Claus-themed sweets such as Santa-shaped beehives, butter cookies, and cupcakes. And during the summer, add more recipes that feature summer fruits such as apricots, berries, melons, and pineapples. 4. Experiment with herbs Herbs are not often used for desserts, but they can actually give classic recipes a whole new appeal. Tarragon, thyme, mint, and rosemary can make sweetened fruits for pies more appetizing. Plus, sprigs of these herbs make desserts more visually appealing. 5. Come up with hip presentations You'll create a more desirable dessert menu if you make every item pretty. Take new pictures of the selection and glam up every item. An elegant presentation will make petits fours and other sweet morsels more desirable. Here are two presentation tricks to try: Place small cakes in a shallow bowl, then cover these with a crystal goblet turned upside down. Surround and sprinkle desserts with edible flowers. 6. Play with liqueur Spiked desserts are quite popular, and they're worth including, especially if your restaurant has a diverse clientele. A lot of people just enjoy the light and rebellious feeling they get when they eat desserts they know have added liqueur. Plus, certain liqueurs and spirits can truly enhance the flavors of ingredients. For instance, rum chocolate fudge is delicious, and it feels like a real treat, especially if a single order just comprises three nuggets. Margarita ice cream is another enjoyable dessert for gastronomes. These kinds of options will make your dessert menu more exciting. 7. Pair special beverages with certain dessert items Reach out to gourmands and sommeliers to find out what types of wine would be perfect for matching with your dessert menu’s top-selling items. Pairing desserts with wine is a lovely chance to create a luxurious experience for diners. But it's not just wine that you can pair with desserts. Teas, and tea blends, as well as carbonated beverages and coffee concoctions, make attractive compatible matches as, too. 8. Come up with unusual names Make poring through the menu a fun experience for your diners by giving your desserts quirky names. For example, a homemade recipe that's been passed down to your family can be named "Nannie Dolly's Delicious Mistake." Or, if you offer a decadent chocolate cake that makes use of high-end chocolates, how about calling it "ChoCo Chanel?" Get Your Dessert Essentials From Bidfood These are just eight strategies worth trying to improve your dessert selection. More than any of these strategies, however, the tried and true surefire way to amp up your dessert menu is by using only the finest ingredients in your products. You can get this quality assurance from us at Bidfood.  We are the most trusted food and beverage company in the UAE. We have imported ingredients for dessert recipes and also sell wholesale sweet treats like cakes, cookies, and pastries.  You can order from us online, and we'll have what you need delivered to your restaurant right away.
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