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Unread 04-06-2010, 04:46 PM   #1
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Who still goes to Sam's and RD, and who uses a service like Sysco, Fox River, Crown Foods? I met with a rep / freind today and it would sure be easy but takes away a little flexibility. Sam's and RD are 1 hour away. Thought? Discuss........Please and thanks!

PS - I have a place for them to unload and I have cold storage. Pricing appears to be similar. Pork is cheaper, brisket is higher. Buns are higher, desserts are cheaper.
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I use Jordanos as my food distributor, I still go to Costco, Sam's and sometimes RD.
I use my distributor for the following:
chicken, buts, briskie, potatoes, veggies, salad, parbaked goods such as corn bread muffins, beans, cheese, seafood, plastic knives and forks, etc.

I use Costco for ribs, tri-tips, LOINs, potato salad, fruit,Coffee, etc.
I use Sam's for condiments, plastic plates, fruit, napkins, bar mops, etc.
I use RD rarely, the closest one is 70+ miles, so I have to be in LA for other stuff to consider going.
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Im on the West Coast and have a RD about 30 in drive from me I just got back from a shopping run and find they are the best priced around the Portland area. I also price shop cash and carry and some things from Costco. I am still small enought that a Sysco or Food services of america are out of my range for delivery.

One day tho I will be with you big boys!!!
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Im on the West Coast and have a RD about 30 in drive from me I just got back from a shopping run and find they are the best priced around the Portland area. I also price shop cash and carry and some things from Costco. I am still small enought that a Sysco or Food services of america are out of my range for delivery.

One day tho I will be with you big boys!!!
Look for a family owned distribution company such as Jordano's. You can do will call. Saves time on big orders.
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I use a local Distributor (Cash-Wa) that has stores in both of their warehouses. Both of them are about a 45 min drive. Sam's is about 2hrs away, so we have to be predicting a load. As far as Costco and RD goes, there isn't one within 5 hrs of here.
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We use sysco for our dist. Being a fullservice Rest. thats what we need and they have the best avail, brisket ribs and pork that i like. Plus many of them have will-call pickup for smaller orders. Just depends on your Rep. ours is the best, does his best for any product we want and does way more than expected.
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I use RD, Costco, and a new local meat distributor...Northwest Earth & Ocean...
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RD is 5 miles away, and on the way from our kitchen, so RD is the go to most of the time. Little Sam's Club, some items online.
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Thanks guys! My rep is great, so I think we will try them. Neil, what do you do for buns? How much you using a week? Our weekly buy is in the $1500 - $2000 range in the summer.
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How are the prices for meat at Costco?? Sams club is OK. I price shop meat between RD, Sams, and three dist.
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I find the meats at Sam's and Costco comparable. Maybe a little cheaper at Sam's sometimes.
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I find that Sam's club is cheaper in my area also plus my local Costco only carries pork shoulder - no butts so Sam's club is my main stop. What is RD that you guys speak of? Also, have any of you placed orders online?
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