The Premier Foodservice Program is a proven, 15-year program which offers an aggressive national distribution through a partnership with US Foodservice. Participants of U.S. Communities have access to manufacturer agreements that provide discounts up to 20%. In addition, participants have access to technology and cost management solutions, member satisfaction/communication and foodservice operational excellence.
Premier delivers over 190 active Contracted Manufacturer Agreements (CMAs) driving discounts up to 20% on over 32,000+ products in the following categories:
The chief advantages are:
Distribution mark-ups by category have been established to cover all purchases from US Foodservice. Program mark-ups are based on average delivery size and account payable terms.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 15‐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 $3.2 billion in purchasing power for its participants.
What are the principal advantages of the program?
The chief advantages are:
What is the relationship between Premier and U.S. Foodservice?
U.S. Foodservice 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 U.S. Foodservice are priced based on the overall distribution agreement Premier has negotiated on behalf of its participants. This specific program is competitively bid every five (5) years, utilizing our detailed contracting process.
What are Committed Manufacturer Agreements (CMAs)?
Committed Manufacturer Agreements (CMAs) are contracts that Premier has negotiated with manufacturers for a three (3) year period. The products are typically purchased through U.S. Foodservice, but the deviated pricing and/or rebates are negotiated by Premier for Premier participants. Contracts are negotiated to determine cost into distribution and have various controls built in to protect against extreme market fluctuations. On average there are in excess of 192 CMA contracts in place that cover 80 product categories and over 34,000 actual products. Participants receive 100% of the rebates with no processing fees. Participants have the option to purchase items that are not on the CMA list, 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.
How would this program be different from what a participating member might be using today?
How is the distribution mark‐up structured?
The program provides cost savings and additional incentives for larger drop sizes. 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 with an average payment term of less than 45 days 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 U.S. Foodservice, 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
Are there additional incentives for the participating member to achieve?
Yes. The program has the following incentives:
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 U.S. Foodservice 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:
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.
Who do I contact for more information?
You can obtain additional information by visiting email@example.com or call 877‐981‐3312.