U.S. Communities

Premier-US Foods

Food Distribution Services and Products

 
  • Phone: 877-981-3312
  • Fax: 886-809-9247
Overview

The Premier Foodservice Program is a proven, 20-year program that will offer great product and process savings to participating agencies. The program takes a comprehensive approach to delivering value, combining sole-source distribution through US Foods and Premier’s aggressive Contracted Manufacturer Agreements (CMA’s). The distribution agreement with US Foods provides agencies an industry leading pricing and incentive structure. 

Premier’s Manufacturer Agreements provide discounts on over 300,000 products from over 250 product categories. In addition, you can leverage technology and cost management solutions as well as member satisfaction, communication and foodservice operational solutions for your public agency. 

Food Innovations

Introducing US Foods Nourish

A Game-Changing New Program From Premier & US Foods

US Foods Nourish—is a Premier exclusive suite of versatile, on-trend products that together have the power to build healthier customers and healthier business. 

Products with the US Foods Nourish designation are:

  1.  Versatile products that offer multiple labor saving applications.
  2. Designed to meet the functional needs of Healthcare, College and University foodservice operators.
  3. Have nutritional claims that reflect the consumer’s needs.
  4. Meets or exceeds sodium standards outlined by the American Heart Association.

And there’s more, exclusively for Premier members, including US Foods Nourish support materials:

  • Operator’s Guide: Provides comprehensive methodology for menuing and selling featured Scoop items.
  • Recipe Book: Features chef-inspired recipes, exclusively for Premier.
  • Retail Promotions: Quick and easy, volume-boosting menu programs.
  • Product Videos: Offer prep and serving suggestions for increasing plate appeal and easy preparation.
Resources & Tools

Roadmap to Savings - Tools and Resources to Maximize the Premier Foodservice Program

  • BluePrint® Integrated Menus
  • Recipes on Demand®
  • COGM/Central Order Guide Management
  • Menu Profit Builder Pro®
  • Product Selection
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  • Incentive Maximization-DSO/Drop Size
  • Baseline® / TrendView®
  • Business Analytics
  • Direct Parent Incentive
  • New Business Incentive
  • Financial Operating Reports
  • Price Change/ Inflation Report
  • LeanPath®
  • Concepts® by Premier
  • Cafessentials®
  • LaborFocus®
  • Culinary Clinics
  • Imprints®
  • US Foods® Nourish 
  • Premier Breakthroughs Conference
  • Mobile Applications

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Pricing

To drive the highest savings possible for public agencies, the Premier Foodservice Program addresses product cost, distribution mark-up and program incentives. To determine how the program works specifically for your agency, we encourage you to Request a Market Basket. This will allow us to use the proper pricing tier and highlight the discounts by manufacturer that effect the products you use. 

Distributor mark-up structure is based on average delivery size

  • Program A – greater than $3,000 per average delivery
  • Program B - $350 - $2,999 per average delivery

Contracted Manufacturer Agreements (CMAs) provide discounts on products that can range from 5% to over 50% depending on the product category. Premier’s portfolio of agreements is comprehensive and is focused on driving savings with:

  • 250+ active agreements
  • 300,000+ products
  • Savings through deviations, rebates and allowances

Program incentives are available for:

  • Operational effectiveness (larger drop sizes)
  • Early Pay
  • New Business to US Foods
  • Program Maximization
FAQs

How do I place an order with Premier US Foodservice?
You must be a registered participant to utilize the U.S. Communities contract. If not, please Register to Participate. You will need your Federal Tax ID Number to complete.
  
Once registered, go to the Premier site and enroll in the Premier Foodservice Program. Premier will contact you once your account is finalized and give you everything you need to begin purchasing.

For more information, call 877-981-3312 or email uscommunities@premierinc.com.  
Orders are placed online through the Premier/US Foodservice proprietary ordering system Food Service Direct Order (FSDO). Orders can also be placed through customer service at the individual distribution centers.

Who is the Lead Agency for the Food Purchasing Contract?
North Carolina State University, Contract Number 13924.

What is the Premier Foodservice Purchasing Program?
The Premier Foodservice Purchasing Program is a proven, 20‐year foodservice purchasing program. It includes an aggressive national distribution program, discounted manufacturer agreements, technology solutions, cost management solutions, participant’s satisfaction surveys and ongoing communication from its participants to continually improve upon the existing offering. To date, the program has in excess of $5 billion in purchasing power for its participants.

What are the principal advantages of the program?
The chief advantages are: 

  1. Immediate savings on your foodservice expenditures through deviated pricing from manufacturers 
  2. Greater control and predictability of costs due to the thorough negotiations during the contracting process 
  3. Leveraging of your purchasing power to positively influence quality, labor, revenue or other concerns of your management staff 
  4. Reporting tools, menu planning and wellness programs that can improve operational efficiencies immediately 
  5. Ability to focus on internal goals and initiatives in the purchasing department while allowing the Premier contracting team to negotiate national contracts on the participants behalf by utilizing the “piggy‐backing” process through U.S. Communities.

What is the relationship between Premier and US Foods?
US Foods is the primary distributor for the foodservice programs and offerings that Premier negotiates on the behalf of its participants. One hundred percent of all products purchased from US Foods are priced based on the overall distribution agreement Premier has negotiated on behalf of its participants.

What are CMAs?
Contracted Manufacturer Agreements (CMAs) are contracts that Premier has negotiated directly with manufacturers for a three (3) year period. The products are typically purchased through US Foods, but the deviated pricing and/or rebates are negotiated by Premier for Premier participants. Contracts are negotiated to determine the cost into distribution and have various controls built in to protect against extreme market fluctuations.  There are in excess of 275 CMA contracts in place that provide discounts on over 300,000 actual products. Some of Premier’s CMA’s include a rebate as part of the savings for agencies - Participants receive 100% of these rebates with no processing fees. Use of Premier’s CMA products is completely optional, understanding that the greatest value is on products that Premier has negotiated terms and conditions as it relates to cost.

What food purchasing categories are included in the program?
Dry, Refrigerated and Frozen Grocery, Dairy, Milk, Center of the Plate, Medical Nutritional Products, Produce, Disposables, Janitorial Chemicals, Beverages – Coffee, Tea and Small Wares, Kitchen Equipment, Foodservice Software, Specialty Distribution and any future foodservice related contracts.

How would this program be different from what a participating member might be using today?
This program is more of a single source supplier vs. multiple distributors awarded by line item bids. A prime vendor type relationship reduces ordering time, invoice processing and number of deliveries to the facilities which helps to increase overall productivity within the department. US Foods and Premier are committed to help agencies reduce cost and drive efficiency when they obtain this primary vendor relationship with an agency.

How is the distribution markup structured?
The mark-up structure for the program is determined by the average drop size of a public agency.  Agencies that receive an average delivery of $3,000 per drop with an average payment term of less than 45 days earn program A margins. If the agency is less than $3,000 per drop they earn B margins, an increase of 1.3% over program A. If an agency achieves program A and has an annualized combined volume of $2.0 million within a 5 mile radius they achieve program Z margins, 1.0% less than program A.

How does the participating agency access their discounts?
For the distribution program with US Foods, Premier has negotiated the category margins that will be applied to the cost of goods on each product at time of invoicing. CMA products have three types of discounts:

  1. Deviations: the majority of Premier CMA contracts have discounts applied at the time of invoicing. The cost into U.S. Foodservice is negotiated by Premier; divisions use this as the cost basis for the distribution mark‐up. 
  2. Allowances: Premier has negotiated an allowance with the manufacture to be applied to the division cost (that has been defined by Premier) at time of invoicing. 
  3. Rebates: discounts returned to the participating agency after the end of the quarter from Premier. Some vendors utilize one of these discount options and others might utilize multiple options depending on their contract with Premier.

Are there additional incentives for the participating member to achieve?
Yes. The program has the following incentives: 

  1. Average Drop Size: the larger the drop the larger the incentive 
  2. Accounts Payable: the faster the payment the larger the incentive 
  3. New Business Incentive: If they purchase less than 20% of their annual volume from USF, they would be eligible for this incentive
  4. Program Maximization (Direct Parent Incentive): If an agency has multiple locations, uses US Foods for greater than 85% of its purchases and maximizes use of Premier’s CMA contracts they will be eligible for this incentive.

What is Foodservice Operational Strategies (FOS)?
Public agencies have access to our Foodservice Operational Strategies team of consultants that will assist the individual facilities who are (or are considering) working with, contract management companies. These consultants provide evaluations of existing contracts in place, contract request for proposal creation, evaluation and negotiations on behalf of the participants.

Are there reporting tools available?
Yes, Premier has numerous reporting tools on their contracting site and on the US Foods online ordering system. Participants will be able to look at purchases by specific location or they can roll purchases into one master account if they have multiple locations. This information can be in total, by manufacturer or by products. Additional reporting tools include: 

  1. Analytics on purchases on and off contract (use of Premier’s CMA’s)
  2. Category spend data
  3. Central order guide support to determine how multiple locations compare and contrast in usage, purchasing patterns and contract utilization
  4. Service level reports 
  5. Order guide change report

What additional resources are available to the public agencies, in addition to food purchasing?
U.S. Communities participants have access to Premier menu programs, health and wellness programs, culinary training and regional meetings that will highlight new programs and contracts. Participants will also have access to tools, resources and programs from US Foods to help train, educate and become more efficient throughout your foodservice departments.  Both Premier and US Foods will provide participants access to publications that assist operators in learning and trend awareness as well.

Who do I contact for more information?
You can obtain additional information by visiting www.premier-uscommunities.com or call 877‐981‐3312.

Getting Started

Premier has built a variety of tools to help agencies evaluate specifics on how the program will work for them as well as a simple online format to get connected and utilize the contract. 

Request a Market Basket to see how our manufacturer agreements and distribution program through US Foods can provide value.               

To sign up for the program and begin utilizing US Foods to obtain the discounts and savings through our agreements, click below, fill out the required information and you’ll soon be contacted by US Foods to confirm your delivery schedule, account representation and get your credit details established.

If you have additional questions or need more information, visit www.premier-uscommunities.com or call us at 877‐981‐3312.

 

Looking for the food program specific for K-12? Visit the K-12 Food Contract page.  

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