If the thought of bid season has you riddled with stress and anxiety, never fear. General Mills Foodservice offers a number of resources to help ensure you get the products you need to make your menus shine.
“We know putting together a successful bid can be a bit of a puzzle that takes time, patience and homework,” said Brittany Schou, K-12 senior national account executive, who leads a team of six with a combined 150 years of experience of bid experience. “Through our dedicated staff and specialized resources, General Mills strives to make the process as easy as possible for K-12 foodservice directors.”
Three Resources for Preparing Bids
Schou outlined three ways General Mills strives to arm schools with the information they need to create a strong bid.
- Knowledgeable Sales Staff: Your local General Mills’ sales representative is happy to consult with you on specific product specifications, nutrition information and regulation-compliant items that may be a good fit for your menu needs. If you don’t know your local sales rep, visit www.generalmillscf.com/contactus.
- K-12 Product Guide: This handy resource includes all the details you need about General Mills breakfast, lunch and Smart Snack-compliant products for K-12 menus. It’s organized to help operators easily find nutrition information for each product and identify product benefits such as gluten free, individually wrapped, meat alternative, no artificial flavors, etc. The guide also includes “tips for preparing bids” on page 19, which shares some ways to differentiate General Mills products for your school procurement process.
- Dedicated K-12 Bid Experts: Our best-in-class team of bid professionals looks out for the best interests of schools. They will work with distributors and school districts to provide pricing as well as any additional documentation on regulation-ready products or nutrition criteria you need to complete your bid.
What’s New from General Mills
Schou shared some highlights from General Mills and what foodservice directors can expect in the coming year to help with bid preparation.
- Removal of Artificial Ingredients: General Mills is making progress in efforts to use more recognizable, familiar ingredients to create the colors and flavors in its products that consumers have come to know and love. Nearly 100 products are already available with no artificial flavors or colors from artificial sources. We also continue to make other improvements across our entire portfolio to meet schools’ expectations for whole-grain-rich and low-sugar items.
- Innovative Products for School Menus: General Mills aims to stay on top of current trends while also listening to ideas and feedback from school foodservice operators. That’s why we are excited to roll out a variety of new products, such as the new Pillsbury™ Panini and Ciabatta Breads, that help schools serve hot and cold sandwiches without extra equipment or additional skilled labor.
“K-12 operators have so much on their plates, it’s important for them to know they are not alone during bid season,” said Schou. “They can rely on our teams to be the experts on our products so we can ensure the process is as easy and seamless as possible for them.”
For more information on General Mills products and preparing your bid for the 2017-18 school year, contact your sales rep.