Bulk Edible Oil Blog

How To Choose A Supplier of Bulk Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

I talk with buyers every day who are debating how to choose the right olive oil supplier — and their job depends on it. Of course, Extra Virgin Olive Oil is not the only product that they are debating, but but the analysis process looks pretty similar no matter what oils you’re responsible for sourcing — the biggest difference being that olive oil usually involves importing which can affect a few different parts of your decision making process

In the olive oil vendor search process, you have to uncover a lot of information and answer a lot of questions for yourself. In this article, we’ll address each of the questions below and explain how each suppliers’ answer could affect your final choice.

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How To Choose An Oil Supplier

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

I talk with buyers every day who are debating how to choose the right oil supplier — and their job depends on it. Of course, oils are usually not the only product that they are debating, but but the analysis process looks pretty similar no matter what ingredients you’re responsible for sourcing.

In the vendor search process, you have to uncover a lot of information and answer a lot of questions for yourself. In this article, we’ll address each of the questions below and explain how each vendors’ answer could affect your final choice.

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Meet Our Team: Alexa Ketterling

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Over the next few months, we will be giving you a sneak peak into the the lives of our team members: who they are, why they love the work that they do, and what they're passionate about.

Today, I'd like you to meet Alexa Ketterling.  She works in Sales & Marketing with Centra Foods, working with customers on a daily basis and helping to manage our social media presence.

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Centra Foods Expands Bulk Oil Offerings

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

 

 

Do you remember Centra Foods 5 years ago? What was once a small olive oil company has grown into a large organic and non-gmo oil supplier to manufacturers and food service.

In case you are searching for new oils in 2016, we wanted to spend a moment to review the full list of oils that you can now source from us. It’s not just olive oil anymore!

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Centra Foods Presents at The National Olive Oil Association Conference

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

North American Olive Oil Association Conference Presentation

 

Have you ever wondered what a group full of olive oil suppliers say when you’re not in the room? 


Or how we understand the weight of our own responsibility, as suppliers, to you — our customers?

Or how we look at the food industry in today’s market?

A few weeks ago, Centra Foods was asked to give a talk on “olive oil used in manufacturing” at the North American Olive Oil Association conference. What did we say to this request? Yes, of course! And today I’m sharing an insider’s look at that industry presentation with you. 

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4 Questions That Will Tell You If Your Oil Supplier Is The Right Partner

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

First dates.  

They're often awkward, sometimes exhilirating, and always the start of something new.

They're also are always filled with questions.  What do you do?  Where did you go to school?  What are you passionate about?

Of course, we do the same thing in business, right?  If you're searching for a new supplier, you want to find out as much about them as you can to see if they're a good fit for your company.  

Finding the right supplier is all about finding the right fit in terms of business structure, capabilities, size, facilities, capitol funding, etc. That’s why most people now call them supplier partners — it's not just about finding someone to buy from, it's about finding the right fit for a supplier “mate”.

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What Are The Top 5 Factors You Consider When Deciding To Partner With A Supplier?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

“What are the top 5 factors you consider when deciding to partner with a supplier?”

Procurious, a online community for procurement professionals, recently posed this question to your peers in one of their forums.

Procurement personnel from all over the world answered with their top factors that they use to decide upon suppliers. Interestingly enough, the discussion was weighted pretty heavily on one factor — trust. Trust, of course, encompasses a lot of different things, but there were almost 3x as many answers for this one factor than any of the others.

All of these responses could be grouped into about five different main priorities.

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4 Traits Your Edible Oil Supplier Needs To Have

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

You know that when it comes to choosing bulk ingredient suppliers, getting the lowest price isn’t everything.

In the last 10 years, the procurement industry has focused more on getting value-- real value-- from their vendors and suppliers. Most would even list this as a top priority when choosing a new partner.

How do you define value? A valuable supplier is one that partners with you, rather than just trying to sell you something. They bring something to the table that helps you improve your own business.

When it comes to choosing an edible oil supplier, here’s the 4 most important traits we think every oil supplier needs to bring to the table to prove their own worth.

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

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

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

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

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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