Comparing & Choosing Suppliers
There are various types of suppliers you can source food from, including wholesale suppliers, bulk stores, and grocery stores.
Weigh the pros and cons of each option and don’t be afraid to go through a combination of suppliers to source exactly what you need at a high quality for a reasonable price.
Wholesale suppliers, like Sysco, are the most cost-effective and are commonly used in the restaurant industry. You will likely source most of your ingredients from a wholesaler. Set up bi-weekly deliveries to quell any food storage woes.
You will likely end up shopping locally as well. If you have unique menu items that require rare ingredients, you may need to source them from a specialty store.
When produce is in season, try sourcing from local farmers, especially if your food truck is built upon principles like promoting healthy, local, and seasonal foods or supporting the local food community.
Be ready to make a trip to your regular grocer at a moment’s notice – it is inevitable that you will need an ingredient at a moment’s notice.
Preparing for & Receiving Your Order
Food trucks, unlike restaurants, do not have permanent addresses. Therefore it can be difficult to receive a delivery from certain suppliers. If you use a commissary, find out if you can receive your order there.
If not, you will need to work with your supplier and coordinate a time and place where you can regularly have your order delivered or ask if there is an option for pick up.
When your delivery arrives, go over the invoice and make sure you’ve received everything you ordered at the previously disclosed price. If you’ve properly prepared your food truck’s storage space, putting away the order should be a breeze.