IFMA's Small & Midsized Business (SMB) community is happy to welcome Jeff Jablow as our guest. Before we get into our Q & A, here is a bit about Jeff's background: he has been with Cheeburger Cheeburger since 2003. Jeff is responsible for the creation of all new menu items and the subsequent sourcing of raw materials, contract negotiations, distribution logistics, implementation and training. Prior to 2003, he was the Culinary Manager for Delaware North Companies serving The Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and prior to that owned The Tommy Gunn Saloon, an interactive Supper Club in Florida as well as several comedy clubs. Jeff currently lives in Florida with his wife Sherry, who is also in foodservice.
SMB Community (SMB): Welcome to the SMB community call Jeff! As an organization, what are your specific foodservice needs over the next 12 months?
Jeff Jablow (JJ): Currently, vetting distributors - also international distribution/product sourcing. Always looking for fresh ingredients/components.
SMB: How has the economy impacted the way you do business?
JJ: We thrive based on loyalties created by longevity with our manufacturing partners and creative negotiations/sourcing.
SMB: Who is your Distributor?
SMB:What characteristics/traits do you look for in supplier partners?
JJ: Openness to an actual relationship. Out of the box thinking related to logistics/distribution. Quality/Honesty/Integrity.
SMB:How do you create new menu items and how often do you co-create with your suppliers?
JJ: We work closely with supplier partners in developing new menu items.
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