Produce management refers to the process of procuring, storing, and using produce (fruits and vegetables) in a foodservice operation, such as a restaurant. It involves a range of activities and processes aimed at ensuring that the produce used in the restaurant is fresh, high-quality, and safe to consume.
Some aspects of produce management include procurement, storage, inventory management, preparation, menu development, and cost control.
By joining a produce management program, you can streamline the produce procurement process and ensure you receive the best quality produce for your menu.
Joining a produce management program can be beneficial for your restaurant for several reasons:
Access to fresh and high-quality produce: Produce programs typically source fresh and high-quality produce from local farmers and suppliers, giving restaurants access to a wider variety of seasonal and specialty produce that may not be readily available through traditional supply chains.
Support for local agriculture: By joining a produce program, a restaurant can support local agriculture and help to build a sustainable food system. This can improve the restaurant’s reputation and help it to connect with customers who care about sustainable food choices.
Cost savings: Produce programs can help restaurants to save money by offering competitive pricing for high-quality produce and reducing waste through better supply chain management.
Improved menu offerings: Access to a wider variety of fresh and high-quality produce can help a restaurant to improve its menu offerings, making it more appealing to customers and helping to attract new business.
Simplified ordering process: Many produce programs offer a streamlined ordering process, making it easier for restaurants to manage their food procurement and reduce administrative workload.
By joining a produce management program, a restaurant can improve the quality of its menu offerings, support local agriculture, and realize cost savings. These benefits can help to increase customer satisfaction, improve the restaurant’s bottom line, and contribute to the overall success of the business.
At Consolidated Concepts, our produce management program helps multi-unit restaurants stabilize produce prices and increase quality. If you don’t currently have a produce program, not only are you not getting the best quality product on the market, but you’re probably subjected to major swings in the markets as commodity markets shift. Our managed produce programs stabilize those shifts so that your prices are more predictable.