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4 Reasons To Develop Your Own Private Label Edible Oil Brand For Food Service

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

private-labeling-bottles-2It’s no doubt that private labeling is a growing and profitable phenomenon for food service distributors. The private label industry as a whole has posted a 6% year-over-year sales growth, as more consumers are turning towards private labeled brands.

What does this means for food service distributors? If you haven’t created your own private label line, you’re missing out on branding and sales opportunities.

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Topics: Advice For Distributors

3 Olive Oil Infographics That Will Inspire You

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up during your day; a reminder that today is awesome.

Like with all jobs, if you work in the world of bulk oils, sometimes it's easy to forget that you work in a really cool industry.  The food industry is awesome.  And just in case you feel kind of blah this morning...

Here are 3 infographics that will remind you why olive oil is so great.  Be inspired!  

If you have customers that would enjoy these, share away!

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Topics: Industry Trends

The Top 4 Benefits of Doing An RFQ For Your Annual Bulk Oil Needs

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

The Top 4 Benefits of Doing An RFQ For Your Annual Bulk Oil NeedsAs most purchasers already know, an RFQ is a "request for quote".  Why do these RFQs benefit manufactures?

The real benefit comes at the end, when a supply contract is signed to cover the companies ingredient needs over the period. An RFQ is a simple, great way for manufacturers to get the lowest bulk oil price possible and reap a number of other benefits in the process.

In fact, we see 3 major benefits that manufactures get from doing an RFQ for their annual volumes, and signing a contract for their ingredient needs.  But first, we'll review what an RFQ is.

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Topics: Advice For Manufacturers, Suppliers, Purchasing Process

Want A More Successful Bulk Oil Supplier Relationship? Do These 5 Things.

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

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The “fliers” in cheerleading are the girls that fly through the air, demonstrating great acrobatics and agility. They are the highlight of cheerleading-- the life of the party.

But these girls don’t fly on their own. They have four other cheerleaders on the ground, working in perfect coordination to support them and toss them in their air. These four team members are the foundation, the support system that makes everything run smoothly and the flier fly, well… higher.

Think of your business as the flier. And think of your vendors and suppliers as your foundation of four on the ground; the cheerleaders in the background who help you do what you do better. It’s true, your business relies on a variety of vendors to work smoothly, to succeed and to fly high. The better relationship and communication you have with them, the higher you can fly.

As a purchaser, you’re responsible for fostering these vendor relationships, and establishing good communication so that your business can keep growing and improving. Want to keep doing your job better?

Here’s 5 ways to keep improving your relationships with your bulk oil vendors and be even more successful in your purchasing role.

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Topics: Advice For Manufacturers, Industry Trends, Suppliers, Advice For Distributors

9 Quick Tips On How To Get Lower Bulk Edible Oil Pricing From Your Supplier

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

9 Quick Tips On How To Get Lower Bulk Edible Oil Pricing From Your SupplierWant to get the best deal on bulk edible oil for your business?  You may not to pry it out of your bulk oil ingredient supplier.  In fact, there's lots of simple things that you can do to help cut your own costs and save money.  Hopefully, your supplier is already suggesting them to you!

Take this list into your next meeting with your bulk oil vendor and try to put as many of these strategies into play as possible.  They will cut your costs, allow your team work more efficiently and best of all, prove your worth as a strategic and skilled purchasing manager.

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Topics: Saving Money, Advice For Manufacturers, Advice For Distributors

Why Opting For A Different Origin Can Save Money on Bulk Edible Oils

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Why Opting For A Different Country Of Origin Can Save Money on Bulk Edible OilsHave you heard predictions that your bul oil ingredient price will increase because the commodity market is going up? Hearing this news can be frustrating for purchasing managers, because you have no control over the market. You are, however, still responsible for protecting your business from rising costs. So what can you do?

There is, in fact, something that you can still do to cut your bulk edible oil costs in times like this. It all has to do with the global commodity market, where your oils are coming from and your buying strategy.

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Topics: Saving Money, Advice For Manufacturers, Harvest/Commodity Market

How to Choose The Right Packaging For A Small Manufacturing Facility

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

You wouldn't use a riding lawnmower to mow a tiny front lawn.

Why not? The equipment is too big for that space, which makes it difficult to use. For that sort of job, it's much better to have something smaller and simpler to use.

As a small food manufacturer, you may have experienced this same dilemma already relating to your ingredient packaging. As you begin your edible oil sourcing process, you’ll need to choose a packaging size that fits into your work space and will be easy to use. You don’t want to feel like you’re on a riding lawn mower trying to do a 10 point turn!

You’ll need to choose the packaging for your oil ingredients that fits your production line and matches your available storage space. The best way to decide is to start looking closer at some key characteristics about your space. These details will guide you right to the packaging you should choose.

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Topics: Packaging, Advice For Small Businesses

The Simplest Way To Save $40 on Your Next Pallet Of Bulk Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

The Simplest Way To Save $40 on Your Next Pallet Of Bulk OilLast weekend, I went to the grocery store for some ingredients to make chicken wings.  I wanted to buy Frank's Red Hot Sauce to make a homemade buffalo sauce (delicious, I know).

I could buy a small 5 oz bottle for $1.48 (which came out to $0.29 per ounce, if you're doing the math). Or instead, I could buy a larger 12 oz bottle for $2.28.  On this second option, I'd pay more overall for the larger bottle, but I'd end up paying less per ounce-- only $0.19 in comparison to $0.29. Heck yeah! I thought. I took option B.

By opting for the larger packaging size, I could save money on the same exact product.  If you didn't already know, you can do the same thing on your bulk oil purchases to save money: change to a larger packaging size to save money on the exact same oil.  

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Topics: Saving Money, Packaging

The 8 Most Important Elements To Include On Your New Food Label

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

The 8 Most Important Elements To Include On Your New Food LabelIf you are a new business that's decided to start a food brand, the development of your label will play into your branding.  It will connect you  with your target market, and eventually will affect your total sales. The label creation process is incredibly important.

As important as the design comonent is, it's also key to make sure that you include specific information on your labels; both information that your customers want to see and that the government requires for food sales.

As the key marketing person in our own company, I am responsible for designing and developing our own Bella Vina labels.  Part of this job involves making sure that all of the key components are listed.

Want to make sure that you're including everything on your labels that you should be?  Here are the most important label components so that you can market your new food brand as strategically as possible-- and still meet all of the FDA & USDA labeling requirements.

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Topics: Advice For Manufacturers, Industry Trends

What Your Peers Are Getting Paid For Your Food Manufacturing Job

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

If you're hoping get a promotion or continue to move forward in the career that you're in, it's helpful to have a good idea of what's "industry standard" in your position and work field.  

It's hard to expect that someday you'll make $100,000 each year when the industry standard is $30,000.  That said, it's also good to get a better understanding of what your peers might be getting paid to make sure you're being paid competitively.

Having an understanding of the average information about your job (and others like it) will also help you make decisions about what you'd like to do more of in the future.

That's why I've compiled lots of salary and job availability information about purchasing and manufacturing jobs to help you get a bit of perspective on your current job-- and make plans for the future.

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Topics: Advice For Manufacturers