Market Basket and Sample Food Cost Analysis

By Mackenzie Oakley | December 15, 2022

Did you know Una has a strong expertise and presence in the foodservice space? With 20+ years of experience, our team has dedicated their careers to developing relationships with food distributors to bring our members significant savings and value.

Much like everything else this year, food costs have risen significantly. Businesses are under pressure to keep quality products in stock while navigating inflation and ongoing supply chain disruptions.

As a GPO with expertise in this category, Una takes the guesswork out of pricing models, logistics, and distribution, and gives our members the peace of mind knowing their food programs are operating as efficiently as possible.

How to lock in discounted food prices

As a group purchasing organization, Una works to negotiate discounted pricing directly with the suppliers that operate within the food distribution industry. Thanks to longstanding relationships with these food vendors, members save an average of 15-20% on food costs. With several food cost reduction programs to choose from, members get the chance to shop around and utilize the best program to meet their needs.

Any business, regardless of size, can join Una and take advantage of discounted food prices. New member rebates may also be available, along powerful reporting capabilities that uncover additional savings, unmatched levels of customer support, and assistance when it comes to supply chain disruption and product shortages.

There are no fees to participate, zero long-term commitments, and no product is off-limits. If you see something in a distributor’s catalog, you’ll see immediate savings on your invoice.

Learn more about group purchasing here.

Una's discovery process

Regardless of category, the Una team follows the same process for each area of spend when onboarding a new member.

If you join looking to save money on food costs, here’s what you can expect:

Step 1. Discovery Call
As the first step to savings, this is where we define what success looks like for you, and set a timeline for the connection process.

Step 2. Cost Analysis
This is where we can show real value. We’ll ask for you to provide some of your most recent spend data to compare it to our on-contract pricing so we can identify savings.

Step 3: Connect to Suppliers
After the cost analysis, we’ll work quickly to get you connected so you can start saving as a GPO member right away.

Sample food market basket

To get the most accurate savings amount, the Una team will ask for certain information related to your food spend. These items include things like the product number, product description, and the actual price you paid for each item.

Once this information is provided, we will produce a market basket comparing your information to the pricing within our contracts. We can do this across several food distributors to find the best value for your organization.

After the analysis is complete, you will get a spreadsheet returned back to you showing the results and how they compare to Una’s pricing, along with the percentage of savings shown.

The sample market basket featured here is based off of real data from a current Una member and shows 20% savings.

To download a copy, simply click on the image below.

Request a free market basket and food cost analysis

In addition to cost savings, members have access to quarterly reporting capabilities, built-in price protections and mark-ups, and resources to help thwart supply chain disruptions and product shortages.

The established relationships Una has with these vendors also means that our members get treated like national accounts in the eyes of the food distributors – which is treatment we’re confident you won’t find anywhere else.

Wondering how your current food costs compare to Una pricing? Contact us to submit a request for a free market basket highlighting the power of group purchasing.


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