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November 19, 2019 | 04:22 PM

How to Find the Right Wholesale Food Distributor for Your Business


Whether you own a cozy café, you manage a bustling bakery, or you are the procurement head for a top-notch hotel, a reliable and trustworthy wholesale food distributor will surely bring benefits to your business. Read on and discover how to find the perfect food and beverage supplier for your specific business needs. Sweet Pairings Just like in any business, you want suppliers and partners that you can rely on. If you are in the food industry or a field that would require working with food and beverage suppliers on a regular basis, then you know how crucial it is to find the perfect partner. Aside from making it easier for you to work, finding a dependable distributor for your food and beverage requirements will also ensure excellent quality. This is not just in terms of the products that they provide but also in the services that you will be able to deliver to your customers. Having the freshest and top-quality bread, coffee, meats, and other food and beverage products in your pantry is certainly a boon that will help build your reputation. From providing wholesale cakes, to sparkling or mineral water, to frozen fruits or meats, your trusty food supplier plays a fundamental role in ensuring that you use only the best products for your customers. How, then, can you make sure to secure the best ally in the food and beverage distribution trade? Here are five simple tips for finding the right wholesale food distributor for your business: 1. Know Your Business Before you can go around and look for a wholesale food distributor, you must first know what your specific requirements are. This will help you avoid wasting time, energy, and resources. At the same time, it will help streamline the choices. If you’re a boulangerie and cafe, for example, then you only need to train your sights on food distribution companies that offer wholesale bread and coffee for sale. It would be a plus if they can also supply other items that you need such as cakes, donuts, or muffins. If you know what you need, then you will know what to look for. 2. Survey the Market There might be several food distribution companies within your area. If so, this can be an overwhelming task, especially if these companies are toe to toe with each other. To help you simplify the selection process, you must get a good grasp of the market. Ask trusted colleagues in the industry about the food distributors that they would recommend. Join professional networks and industry forums or subscribe to industry publications to get the latest buzz and insider information. You can also attend trade shows, fairs or expos so you can meet and have face-to-face interaction with wholesale food providers. This is an ideal venue where you can ask questions or set an appointment instead of just relying on online information. 3. Check Their Product Portfolio Once you have streamlined your choices, check each one’s portfolio. Peruse their menu of food and beverage products. Know what their specialties are. If you are a food catering service, for example, then you will need a more diverse selection of products to fill your requirements. The same goes if you are running a restaurant or a hotel café. Some food distribution companies may even include non-food products on their list, such as coffee machines. 4. Inquire About Their Services When choosing a wholesale food supplier, it would serve your best interest if they can also provide complementary services that will help make your business more efficient and productive. Check if you can order online and have your items delivered. A dependable wholesale food distributor can deliver within 24 hours upon order placement. Of course, there are other factors at play, such as the delivery area or the availability of the products. That is why you should also look at the network where they operate as well as their roster of brand partners. There are also some food distributors that offer customized food or beverage products that will suit your menu. Others may lend their expertise and industry knowledge on the latest trends, technology, and other important updates related to your industry through their company website or blog. 5. Review Their Pricing You’re in the business to gain profits so you should also look at the pricing structure of the wholesale food distributor that you are eyeing. It should be at a range that you are most comfortable with and will not drain your finances. See if their products and services are appropriately priced. Look at the quality of their offerings. The brands that they carry will also give you an indication of quality and excellence. In addition, factor in the ease and convenience of doing business with them when you are trying to weigh the costs. What’s more, you can check if they have flexible financing options. Some offer a more competitive price for long-term contracts compared to one-off deals. Figure out how to draft a win-win situation for both parties if you can. Just Desserts When you have invested time, energy and resources in looking for the perfect wholesale food distributor, then you can look forward to getting the appropriate reward for your efforts. Having a reputable food and beverage distributor as your ally will certainly work to your advantage. From good food to convenient services, you can pass on the benefits that you get to your customers and dish out five-star excellence. Get in touch with us at Bidfood ME today.
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October 22, 2019 | 10:00 AM

Bidfood Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in line with our responsibility of raising awareness on pivotal social subjects, Bidfood UAE organized yet another breast cancer awareness talk with the help of Al Jalila Foundation and its Brest Friends initiative. Dr. Sarah Sharif, a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners (M.I.C.G.P.) specializing in women and children’s health, launched the session with a set of medical statistics, facts, and warning signs, then Breast Cancer “warrior”, ambassador and Policy and Strategy Advisor specializing in Governments and NGOs, Ghadeer Kunna, shared an inspiring story of her personal battle with the disease to offer a first-person point of view on the topic.   What sets this year apart from the previous ones, is that this time, both men and women attended the talk; more than 40 of our Bidfoodies sat all eyes and ears, including members of our Sales team, Supply Chain team, Telesales team, Marketing team, Accounts team, IT team, HoDs, and Managers. The two-hour talk was informal, which allowed for a safe-space type of environment that encouraged our team members to ask questions and voice their concerns, no holds barred.    Founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2013, Al Jalila Foundation is a global philanthropic organization dedicated to transforming lives through medical research, education, and treatment.  A partner of Al Jalila Foundation, Brest Friends is the first breast cancer support group in the UAE established in 2005 by Dr. Houriya Kazim, the UAE’s first female surgeon, where patients and survivors meet monthly to learn, share experiences and offer moral and emotional support to each other.   A very big "Thank You" to Dr. Sharif and Ms. Kunna for an enlightening, informative, and extremely important discussion! Happy #Pinktober
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October 02, 2019 | 10:00 AM

A look into our Anchor Food Professionals Training


This morning, our Sales Team headed down to Fonterra’s headquarters for an intensive training on its foodservice range, Anchor Food Professionals. While it might be second-nature to most of our BDEs and Team Leaders, the session targeted the new Bidfoodies who joined our team this month – but a review session for those who mastered the art of AFP didn’t hurt either!    The training covered everything from an introduction to the brand to a deep dive into its SKUs like the Anchor Extra Whip Whipping Cream and the Anchor Extra Yield Cooking Cream.   A little later into the day, the team got to handle and work with the products to experience first-hand each of their qualities and USPs, the latter arming them with a hands-on understanding of the items at hand.   Thanks, Chef Manfred Kohlen and the Fonterra team for being a proactive part of our team’s growth!
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October 01, 2019 | 10:00 PM

Bidfood UAE Awarded Dubai Chamber’s CSR Label Yet Again!


On Monday, and for the sixth year in a row, Bidfood UAE was awarded the coveted CSR Label, a certificate presented by the Dubai Chamber that recognizes the commendable efforts of companies in the areas of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility including Community, Marketplace, Environment and Workplace.  The ceremony took place at the Dubai Chamber main offices in Deira where 18 companies were honoured for their social and environmental efforts beyond the realm of their business. The CSR Label is regarded as the highest benchmark for CSR and sustainability efforts which countless local and regional companies aspire to add to their arsenal. Speaking of the value of the award while including some congratulatory words to the winners, H.E. Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman of Dubai Chamber was quoted saying: “The Dubai Chamber CSR Label honourees [are] not just gaining recognition, but enhancing their reputation in the market and setting an example for the rest of the business community,”  Congratulations to all the winners!
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September 11, 2019 | 10:00 PM

Inside Bidfood UAE’s CSM and Mademoiselle Desserts training


At exactly 10:00 a.m. this morning, an army of our Bidfoodies marched down the stairs and into our pantry, lured by the smell of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and all things sweet.    It was time for the long-awaited CSM and Mademoiselle Desserts training, led by our very own Category Manager and self-professed sweetaholic, Claudia Bellenghi.   As usual, the session started with some theory, where Claudia walked the crowd through the CSM and Mademoiselle Desserts’ ranges, SKU by SKU, emphasizing on the USPs, packing, shelf-life and other criteria.    After a ten-minute break, it was time to taste the goodies, and what better way to master a product than to interact with it? A cluster of Bidfoodies formed around the common table as they all nibbled and explored the ranges: donuts, muffins, cakes, and cookies – you name it!    Contact us for more details on our CSM and Mademoiselle Desserts ranges!  
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September 01, 2019 | 10:00 AM

MONIN CUP 2019 COMES TO SAUDI ARABIA FOR THE FIRST TIME


Bidfood KSA and Georges MONIN SAS France are proud to announce that for the first time ever Saudi Arabia will host MONIN CUP 2019. All mixologists and beverage specialists from all across the kingdom are invited to register online and secure a chance to be the MONIN Champion in Saudi Arabia and win up to US$2000. The competition will be held under the theme ‘Mix your Origins’. Each candidate can seek inspiration from the best of local and natural ingredients or from Saudi culture and cuisine. Applying beverage specialist must be 35 years old or younger and should have at least 2 years of professional work experience as a beverage mixologist, bartender, barista or a student at a culinary centre. They must submit two recipes for a non-alcoholic beverage using MONIN’s products - one hot and one cold drink.   For the first time, Saudi Arabia will host a national edition, which will take place over the course of two months. All submissions will be evaluated to select the top 10 semi-finalists for each geographic region – Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar. The 10 selected semi-finalists will compete in local semi-finals held in Bidfood culinary studios in each region. 3rd November              Jeddah for the Western Region 4th November              Al Khobar for the Eastern Region 5th November              Riyadh for the Central Region   Based on creativity, presentation and charisma, the three regional champions will then compete for the MONIN CUP finals, which will be held on the 5th December in Riyadh.   The deadline for submitting entries is September 31st, 2019. Applications will be accepted in both English and Arabic languages. Registrations open here: https://bidfoodme.com/public/en/saudi-monin-cup-2019
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