Foodservice Distribution 2.0: Algorithms Optimize the Value Chain

The $268 billion foodservice supply chain is competitive and efficient with the notable exception of how business is transacted between independent operators and their suppliers. Technomic research and observations reveal that foodservice distributor sales representatives (DSRs) spend most of their workday visiting accounts to collect orders, in large part because the prevailing business model and […]

5 Charts That Explain McDonald’s Move Toward Antibiotic-Free Chicken

A major portion of McDonald’s supply chain is getting the Chipotle Mexican Grill treatment, as the world’s largest burger chain will begin sourcing chicken only from poultry suppliers that don’t use human antibiotics on their animals. Leaders of the Golden Arches also announced McDonald’s would only sell milk from cows that have not been treated […]

The Digital Disruption of the Foodservice Supply Chain

The North American foodservice supply chain remains surprisingly entrenched in a bygone era; one in which the absence of published prices, uniform product codes, and scanner data puts independent operators at a marked disadvantage to their wholesale-distributor suppliers. While operators can combat the system’s complexity by joining a group purchasing organization (GPO) or shopping at […]

McDonald’s Move Puts Spotlight on Sustainable Sourcing

Back in November, Technomic identified “telling the sourcing story” as one of its five U.K. restaurant trends for 2014.  This week, McDonald’s made a new bold move to do just that, committing to begin buying “verified sustainable beef” in 2016. What defines or constitutes “sustainable beef” hasn’t been fully determined yet; McDonald’s plans to spend this […]

In U.K., a Focus on Farm-to-Counter Dining

For the past several years, driven in part by the heightened connection consumers have made between ingredient sourcing and the quality of a finished food product, restaurant chains have worked to open a window for consumers into their supply chains. They’ve emphasized their use of local or regional ingredients and products that meet any number […]

Lessons Learned from Restaurant Supply Chain Leaders

Overview In an industry that is increasingly more complex, more competitive and facing inflationary pressures, chain restaurant leaders are looking at the potential impact that their supply chain groups can have in achieving the next level of success largely by transitioning from procurement agents to strategic leadership positions. A recent State of the Restaurant Supply […]