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Choosing A Bread Supplier For Your Small Grocery Or Convenience Store

Selling bread in your small grocery store comes with a few challenges that larger chains don’t normally have to deal with. One challenge you will face is choosing a bread supplier for your store. Larger chains already have contracts with large bakery suppliers. You won’t have that luxury. You need to choose a bread supplier that can fit your unique needs and situation. But with so many of them out there, it’s hard to pick just one. Here’s how you can figure it out. Know What You Want As a smaller store, you’re in a unique position to know precisely what your local clientele wants when it comes to bread. You know if you have a plain white and occasional wheat crowd. You know if you have a thin-sliced artisan bunch. You should offer some variety, but knowing what you need will keep you from straying too far afield. Once you have a good idea of what you’re looking for, you can narrow your choice of suppliers down. Know What Your Store Can Handle You’re faced with a dilemma. Do you sell cheaper breads with a longer shelf life? Or do you sell something more organic and healthy with a shorter shelf life? Well, it all depends on the nature of your store. If your business is new, your bread choices may require some trial and error. Smaller stores don’t have the space to hold a ton of different breads. You need a good understanding of just how much bread you need. If you find a supplier that can provide several different types of bread, then you can try a few different types and see which ones your customers like the most. Know Your Schedule You need to know what delivery schedule will work best for you and your business. If you stick to one bread supplier, then you won’t have much to worry about. The supplier will work out a schedule with you that both parties can agree on. Knowing what you want and what your store can handle will help you figure out what kind of delivery schedule you require. Know Your Local Bakeries It’s possible the bread supplier you need isn’t...