Our customers at Wholesale Dried Fruit and Nuts typically bring us the same kind of customers each week. Our customers fit into five different categories.
- Caterers and Catering Halls
- Product Manufacturers
Typically, when a restaurant purchases supplies in bulk, it’s often from places like US Foods, Sodexo or Sysco. But there are circumstances where a smaller company like Wholesale Nuts and Dried Fruits may be a better option. We are comfortable seeing last minute changes, and aim to meet the needs of our customer. Menu changes that require an extra hundred pounds of walnuts. Or a party that requires deserts for a few hundred people on Saturday. Simply put, we can often provide a better deal than the big name companies.
Why would that be? A restaurant can order dried fruits and nuts from US Foods or Sodexo, but the problem arises on the website. These websites will charge them a much higher rate. This leads them to reach out to a smaller, more specific supplier in hopes of negotiating a better price.
Due to the large amount of wholesalers, we always work at beating the high cost of our competition. In New Jersey and New York, speaking to the restaurants’ Chef or Buyer helps us figure out what they are currently paying. Other times, we simply give them our best price. Sometimes, a connection to a farmer naturally gives us the lower price without having to go lower to beat out the big corporations. Ultimately, it depends on the customer and their specific needs.
Managing food costs effectively at a restaurant is an extremely difficult business. Restaurant owners will always strive to get the most bang for their buck.
Business owners want to visually see the savings on every case they order. They want to see that they’re saving money as opposed to giving to the business.
Some hotels buy natural foods in bulk for events or groups coming in. Or they may buy dried fruits and nuts and have us put them in small packaging for them. They provide the details, and we buy the bags and print the labels. The bags often end up at the hotel boutique and gift shops. Additionally, we will package the food so they can sell it on their own.
Our relationship with bakeries should be pretty obvious if you eat pastries. If you’ve ever tried, you know that it’s a real pain to chop your own almonds. So when a bakery needs a quick 25 pounds of bulk sliced natural almonds they call us. Almonds, walnuts and raisins are the top three sellers for the bakeries of New Jersey and America.
Caterers and Catering Halls
Catering Hall Chefs and the Catering Hall Food Purchasers are who we service most. Catering halls and catering businesses are both on the rise, and we sell to both in-bound and outbound clients. This means that we’ll deliver to catering halls that throw parties, or we service the caterers in their own kitchen before the event. This is what we call mobile caterers who prep the food at their place and then they set up the food at the catering hall.
Mobile caterers will cater weddings, bar mitzvahs, Sweet 16s, Quinceaneras and more. Also expanding are small parties for businesses and corporate events. Many small event chefs are getting bigger each year as well by supplying huge corporate companies with food.
When we supply wholesale dried fruit and nuts, small businesses are the best customers. We define our product manufacturers as any company located in America that is manufacturing an end consumer food product. These products are individually packaged for sale online or in stores. Some examples include biscotti, cookies, and salads.
Gradually, as product manufacturers get big enough, they’ll eventually purchase from larger wholesalers. If the manufacturer receives a purchase order for thousands of products, they’ll need to scale up. That might mean that your production requires pallets storing a thousand pounds each. On an even larger scale, some containers can come with as much as 30,000 pounds. One might buy this amount at once based on savings alone. A larger wholesaler, grower, or importer might be able to give you a better deal.
As a dried fruit and nuts wholesaler, we will always do our best to give the best price and keep our customers coming back.