The arrival of summer is the ideal time for operators to give their business a thorough pre-Brexit buying check.
With so much still uncertain, including who will be leading both the country and the ongoing Brexit negotiations, the abundance of good value British produce now available makes it a good time to make sure robust product sourcing practices are in place.
While every operator is dealing with similar challenges in terms of rising costs and lower consumer confidence, it’s important to remember that there are also costs that can be controlled.
The Brexit uncertainty rumbles on, but overall, the next few months are looking positive in produce terms. With a wide choice of British produce at its best across the summer in terms of quality, value and availability, a pre-Brexit buying check looking at menus, ordering procedures, suppliers used and other factors could make all the difference to being ready for whatever challenges are to come.
There are opportunities across all the key product areas; suppliers can advise on alternative meat cuts, which can be better value and boost sustainability by making use of the whole animal, while using menu descriptions such as ‘served with fresh, seasonal vegetables’ enables operators to make the most of changing availability.
By making simple improvements to their purchasing, and working with suppliers who understand their needs, operators can generate substantial savings that can mean the difference between staying profitable or going under.
The newly-published Summer 2019 edition of regular Lynx Purchasing Market Forecast, offers operators an in-depth look at pricing and product trends over the coming months. A free copy of the Summer 2019 Market Forecast can be downloaded at www.lynxpurchasing.co.uk