Ever wonder how food suppliers choose their products?

You might assume it’s all about the bottom line.

Cost is definitely important, and so is availability. But in every case, our decision to distribute a product always boils down to quality. It’s the impeccable flavor, freshness, and consistency of the food that keeps our partners (and their customers) coming back for more.

Let’s just say, we take pickiness to a whole other level!

And to find the best ingredients, we start with intense industry research.

The Dependable team is always keeping up with the latest food trends to find out what’s in, what’s out, and what’s about to catch fire. Staying ahead of the curve also gives us time to consider local and global producers, negotiate the best prices, and make strategic recommendations to our partners.

But what happens when we’re stuck between multiple products?

Call in the taste testers! 😛

Over the years, we’ve learned that there’s no better way to figure out the ‘best’ than to vet each option with the help of real, working industry professionals. Chefs, servers, managers, and of course, the business owners themselves are our greatest lifelines.

So, if you’re wondering—why did my rep suggest this specific barbecue sauce? Or, why are they so passionate about these pine nuts? You’ll know that it’s not by random luck, but because it won the popular vote.

And don’t be surprised if you’re handed a spoon next time!