Pantry Essentials for Running a Successful Cafe and Restaurant

Pantry Essentials for Running a Successful Cafe and Restaurant
CNS Confectionery Products, LLC

The food industry is a fierce and competitive one. 


One of the ways to ensure you stay on top of your game is by securing the best ingredients for your business. You also want to stock up on essential ingredients so you never run into a stressful situation. Stressful as in the moment where your chefs don't have the ingredients they need to make their top-selling recipes. In this article we’re going to have a look at some of those ingredients your business should never fall short of. 


Coffee Beans/Ground Coffee

We bet you knew this one would make it to the top of the list. What’s a cafe without coffee? Even if you’re running a restaurant, you’re expected to always have a hefty stash of the best ground coffee in town. If you don’t have your own roastery in the basement, then you at least need to have a basement full of coffee beans; we’re talking a year’s supply here. Quality coffee is everything. Your customers will remember your business by your coffee. 


Here’s a review of some of the best coffee beans in the world, if you haven’t quite settled on one yet. 


Yogurt/Milk/Cheese

Imagine waking up and there’s no yogurt, milk or cheese products in your house? While not having coffee can actually ruin your entire week, not having staple breakfast and brunch ingredients will certainly create some discomfort and a lot of displeasure. 


Now imagine your cafe or restaurant without these ingredients… Not a pretty sight. And if you’re running a vegan joint, just tag on the word vegan before each of those food categories. Now you see where we’re going with this? It’s a no go. These ingredients are more difficult to keep in high quantities, so it will require a bit more work and organization, but shouldn’t be a category we ever slack on. 


Flour/Pasta/Grains

Now we’re talking staples in the American and Western diet. You’re really going to rub your baker or chef the wrong way if you have to break the news to them that there’s no flour or grains left in storage. By not keeping a close eye on these ingredients, you can lose more than half your menu - that’s not a pretty sight. Inventory is so essential when it comes to running a successful business in the food industry. Inventory, organization and quality ingredients. 


Toppings

Speaking of quality ingredients, your toppings are everything. Quality toppings like coconut, chocolate chips, and granola will make or break your deserts. And we don’t know about you, but we certainly have a separate stomach for dessert in our family. That just goes to show you how dessert really stands for half the meal. For the best prices at the best quality, turn to CNS CONFECTIONERY Products for your toppings inventory this year.


2023 is going to be a good one, we can already feel it! 


Dietary Alternatives

It’s 2023 and everyone has their dietary restrictions. Not having gluten-free, dairy-free and keto-friendly options on your menu can really hurt your business. There are so, so many delicious recipes for the alternative eater. All it takes is a little innovation and consideration to do it right. Having these healthy alternative options available can really make your cafe or restaurant stand out from that competitive crowd. 


Check out some of our favorite recipes here. 


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