Procurement of Potato Salad Part Two: Potatoes

January 28th, 2019

What potato makes the best potato salad?

 

Today’s post is written by Heather Powell, Director of Major Accounts and Special Projects at SafeSourcing Inc.

What potato makes the best potato salad? That is a difficult question to answer because everyone has a different opinion based on heritage, location, and preference of taste or texture.

How do you purchase potatoes? Again, this varies on how and what you plan to do with them. Manufactures of potato salad, or even French fries, may purchase by the pallet. Smaller manufacturers or restaurants may purchase by the 50-pound bag.  Some purchase raw potatoes while others purchase steam peeled pre-cooked potatoes.

Are you concerned about the price you purchase potatoes? How do you know if you are paying the best price? Are you concerned about the source of the potatoes? Are you aware of how many hands or transfers your potatoes have gone through? How long were your potatoes stored somewhere and what were the conditions in which they were stored before they arrived on your dock? How do you re-coop money if there is more than 5% of spoilage?

All of these questions are valid and SafeSourcing, Inc. can assist you through answering all of the questions through producers and brokerages. Your first step to knowledge is learning what the market index is doing and what season the growers are in currently. Have you tracked weather patterns to see if the crop is forecasted to be a high yield year or a low yield year?  The Producer Price Index can serve as a leading indicator of ultimate price changes at the consumer level, and of inflation if the trend in the PPI is higher. Low inflation is good for stimulating consumer spending, corporate profits and ultimately the stock market. Increased inflation can be a sign of an overheating economy and potentially higher interest rates.1

SafeSourcing can assist you in exploring your procurement solutions for your business or on our “Risk Free” trial program for RFPs and RFQs, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative.  We have an entire customer services team waiting to assist you today.

This author hopes that you find this series fun and educational. In part three of the Procurement of Potato Salad, this author will provide procurement details for “creamy” details of mayonnaise for potato salad.

We look forward to your comments.

 

References:

https://www.investopedia.com/university/releases/ppi.asp

 

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