Hospitality wholesale supplier platform opens up online gates to households to help support suppliers and local farmers
Australia’s leading wholesale ordering system of the foodservice industry, Foodbomb, today adapted its operations in response to the Coronavirus effects that it is having on Australia’s $40 billion hospitality industry. To connect households wanting to find grocery shopping alternatives whilst in lockdown, the platform, normally reserved for venues and wholesale food suppliers added a consumer portal to its site so that households across Sydney and Melbourne can get access to supplies.
Foodbomb CEO Paul Tory says “Being able to connect households directly to suppliers is not only providing another option for consumers but it is supporting our hundreds of suppliers on the platform to keep their businesses trading through this difficult time whilst providing a much-needed service to the community.“
Foodbomb currently aggregates over 100 food suppliers into a one-stop-shop, providing produce, meat, seafood, dairy, cleaning products, alcohol, packaging, and non-perishables to over 1000 Sydney cafes, pubs, clubs, caterers and venues alone. With over 85,000 hospitality venues in Australia (Source: The Drop) and more than 6,000 suppliers around the country suppliers everywhere are going to be under extreme pressure.
Domenic Currao, Managing Director of J&D Provodores says “None of us have ever experienced this week. Being able to divert some of our sales directly to households is taking some pressure off and helping to support our local farmers and producers who are already experiencing a rough time with the drought. Turning the tap off to venues, whilst necessary, doesn’t just hurt the venues but the rest of the supply chain as well.”
Tara Cronan (Willoughby), Foodbomb new household customer on placing a wholesale order “I went online last night because I don’t wish to be physically heading to the grocery store, and delivery times haven’t been available in our area. There are minimum orders to make through Foodbomb but I quickly realised if I was strategic about what I ordered then not only was it easy and quick delivery, it will actually save us money.”
Tara continues “I was able to buy meat in bulk that I have portioned and put in the freezer, and all of our normal canned goods, rice, flour, pasta and so forth. Then I found the fresh produce and dairy supplier that had a low minimum order for the items that won’t last as long as the non-perishables. I recommend dividing up your shopping list into three main categories; meat/seafood, non-perishables and then fresh produce/dairy/bakery. Chipping in and splitting an order with neighbours or family would also be really easy on Foodbomb. Once all of this is over I’ll still be using Foodbomb, it is just so easy and stress-free.”
To create a free household customer account go to www.foodbomb.com.au and register your email. Ordering is easy and frictionless. Enter your postcode when you login and you will see what is available in your area.