I've been in catering for 2 years and selling cakes for 6 months. Can anyone direct me to "real" wholesalers, for those actually in business? Everything on the internet claims to be wholesale, but I've got to find real suppliers. Anyone?
Not sure where your located but this is what I have done....
Where I live we have a farmers market and I have spoken to many of the farmers who attend the market and now deal with them directly.
I get 2 flats of eggs delivered every 2 weeks for $6.00 Canadian per flat. These are large eggs and so fresh, I just cant imagine going back to store bought eggs any more.
For flour and sugar, I buy this at my local bulk barn. I spoke to the manager at the store to explain that since I was spending so much each month at his store if he could give me a better discount and he said yes.
Now when he places his orders for the store he orders extra just for me I pay his cost +10% to cover delivery (as they charge based on weight).
I guess what I am trying to say is, instead of ordering from the internet, take a look around you and see what deals may be lurking.
Ask local businesses, for discounts or better deals. The worst they can say is NO, and you would be surprised at how often they don't! They want your business too, and most stores will do what they can to keep you coming back.
I hope this helps you out.
What kind of suppliers?
GFS, Sysco, McFarling Foods, USFoods, for food items.
CK Products or Country Kitchen for cake supplies.
BRB Box shop for boxes.
decopac and bakerycraft sell decorating supplies.
i've found sam's to be as cheap or cheaper than distrubuters
I think you really need to say where you are in order for this question to be answered. Just because it is an American site I don't think we can really assume you are in the USA as I myself for one are in the UK. If you are in the USA that is still one mighty big country and you could be on the opposite side to someone giving you a good wholesaler.
Elaborate a bit hun.
I live in Utah. Rural Utah. So I drive 90-150 miles for the big box stores like Sams and Costco. And we do that a couple times a month. Global Sugar Art has Satin Ice for somewhere around $45/20 # which is the cheapest online I can find, but shipping was an additional $33. I can buy it at Orson Gygi's in Salt Lake City, but it's around $80 there. I've tried getting hooked up with Sysco, but it seems like their minimum orders were a bit much for me. I'll have to check with them again. I did find Sams and Costco cheaper. But I can't find fondant, chocolate (except choc. chips), fillings, etc there.
Thanks for the input so far.
Well looks like I'm not gonna be able to help you out then, hopefully someone will be able to give you some help soon. Good luck with your search.
I agree with the OP. Approach the stores and ask if they can order in bulk for you. I used to make artisan soap and the local grocery store would order most of the fats I needed (in bulk) for cost plus a bit for the trouble. Needless to say this is where I bought most of my home supplies.
decopac has fondant...free shipping on orders over 75.00 if you use your credit card...they have fillings in the sleeve too, if i remember right....ck has a lot of that kinda stuff too...more than decopac but no free shipping.