Serving quality food that satisfies patients is an ongoing challenge for healthcare facilities. It requires the ability to purchase foods that meet nutritional needs yet also taste good and fit within facilities' budgets. A comprehensive network of local, regional and national suppliers across the food supply chain solves this challenge by delivering a broad offering of the highest quality foods and produce.
Healthcare organizations have access to the foods they need to serve meals that patients will enjoy.
By working with trusted manufacturers and suppliers, GPOs provide foods, ingredients and produce to enable their customers to offer variety and superior taste.
GPOs offer a variety of ways to manage costs, such as pre-established distributor mark-ups and secured prices on volatile items like turkey, eggs and produce. Savings strategies include:
Price protections based on specific commodity indexes, which safeguards against sudden price increases.
Predetermined pricing caps that won't change and contract terms that dictate the timing of price adjustments.
A GPO can create a custom food program based on a company's unique needs. Consultative services identify specific pain points, then craft a solution to solve them. This can include recommendations for switching products to meet nutrition needs and quality standards at lower prices.
GPOs offer continuing education opportunities for organizations to optimize food products and services.
Consultants offer proven process improvements that help organizations enhance their cash flow.
Some food suppliers offer fresh produce from local and regional sources. This enables locally grown foods to be available in the food supply chain. For example, PRO*ACT is a supplier that links GPOs with fresh produce direct from famers.
Some food suppliers offer farm-fresh produce to meet organizations' sustainable food needs.
A fresh food supply chain provides a level of assurance that produce has been grown, harvested and handled using sustainable practices.
Whether casino restaurants need top quality foods and ingredients for their guests or healthcare facilities need better tasting food to improve patient satisfaction, a GPO can meet their needs.
The ability to provide quality food with superior taste can reduce unused products by up to 50% in some cases.
A GPO can work with customers to research, purchase and maintain food-specific capital equipment that best serves their needs and budget.
GPOs help organizations maximize their food purchases with management tools, business reports and regular reviews that provide insights into food purchasing.
US Foods, a food distribution company, offers a powerful suite of reporting, tracking and monitoring capabilities, ensuring food safety and traceability support.
Data and analytic solutions, available through supply chain partners, provide insights into pricing to optimize food spend and streamline purchasing.