Operating a food service business or restaurant means you probably rely heavily on single-use foodservice supplies for takeout orders or catering. With increasing emphasis on healthy eating and portion control, you might notice a growing request for "doggy bags," too. When everyone seems to be cutting back on eating out, you, too, must pay closer attention to your budget. Buying your disposable restaurant supply items can save you money when purchasing by the case and in bulk.
You can get a pretty good price on most one-time-use foodservice supplies, so don't break the bank every time you stock up. This guide looks at pricing and costs of single-use foodservice supplies in four categories:
1. Single-use food service supplies like containers, carriers and cups for liquids.
2. Disposable plastic food containers.
3. Restaurant supply disposables like utensils.
4. One-time use foodservice supplies like disposable gloves.
Order disposable coffee containers and other drink containers or cups in bulkYou may sell hundreds of drinks each week, so you'll usually fare better ordering the largest quantity practical for your business for the best pricing and to avoid rush shipment fees when your stock runs low unexpectedly.
Stock up on plastic disposable food containers and carry-out bagsBesides simply loving your food, many customers will ask for containers to take home leftovers so they truly get their money's worth.
Keep plenty of single-use foodservice supplies like utensils and stirrers on handYou'll go through stirrers, forks and spoons fast, so don't avoid bulk purchases just because you can get fewer for a low price.
Purchase foodservice disposables like food-handling gloves in bulkDon't forget foodservice disposables like gloves to help protect you, your customers and your food.
- Take a good look at the minimums required to order many single-use food supplies and disposable restaurant supplies. Some companies won't sell you fewer than 6,000 napkins, while others will require a one-case minimum. A few will even allow customers to purchase less-than-full-case quantities.