By Staff | MobileFoodNews.com
Starting early in the morning any day of the week, hundreds of food truck operators across the USA descend on a Jetro Cash and Carry or Restaurant Depot located nearby to hand select and purchase their needs for the day or for the week. Like the customers they serve, they flock to Jetro or Restaurant Depot for the quality of the food and low prices not easily found elsewhere.
Lou Pollutri has been stocking his hot dog cart at Jetro in South Philadelphia three times a week since 2006. Kevin Keeland, James Keener and Kristina Plummer, owners of Hot Pink Taco, shop at Restaurant Depot in Portland, Oregon for eco-friendly paper products, produce, meat, canned goods and kitchen equipment because they discovered that “Restaurant Depot offers the highest quality products at the best prices”. Ian Pierce, chef at 128 Café restaurant and mobile food service in St Paul, Minnesota has been a Restaurant Depot devotee since 2007 because “it is great to be able to pick out what I serve with confidence that it is fresh and of the best quality”.
Jetro Cash & Carry and Restaurant Depot are divisions of Jetro Holdings, LLC, headquartered in College Point, NY. The warehouse stores of both divisions sell a broad line of perishable and non-perishable food products as well as equipment and supplies, beverages and cleaning supplies for independent grocery stores, restaurants, caterers and non-profits. Anyone who operates a food business or non-profit organization qualifies to open a free membership account with shopping privileges at any of the company’s 87 locations in 27 states.
One-stop shopping seven days a week simplifies the process of buying food, equipment and supplies. At Jetro and Restaurant Depot there are no minimum purchase requirements. Customers may purchase many foodservice items by the unit, by the case or in five or more case quantities, saving on unit costs accordingly. In addition to the company’s purchasing power, because the company has no delivery service, no distributor sales representatives and no bookkeeping costs, these savings are reflected in its pricing.
While industry elitists may opt for a supplier who delivers, distributors often do not treat small business owners as well as mega foodservice operators. Steve Cohn, who owns Stony’s Mobile Pizza Kitchen in Austin, Texas, says that he always felt that “the big food distributors thought they were doing me a favor by selling to me. That is not the case at Restaurant Depot, where, not only are the prices lower and the product quality better, the staff is knowledgeable and treats me like I’m their only customer.” Juan Herrera, owner of Slidin Thru in Las Vegas, is a happy RD customer because “the staff is very friendly and helpful at all times”.
Since food and equipment costs weigh heavily in determining any foodservice operation’s profitability, any budding culinarian who ventures into the business should consider shopping at Jetro or Restaurant Depot for high quality products at low, low prices. Find out why Chris Lathrop, with two Philly’s Best carts in Portland and many mobile food operators like him, claim that Restaurant Depot or Jetro is a “great resource for any independently owned food business.” For more information and locations, log onto www.restaurantdepot.com or www.jetro.com.