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Written by Chris Zdorovtsov (former SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist).


The restaurant and commercial foodservice industry offers a potential market for local food producers. Businesses range from limited or quick-service dining to full-service restaurants. When exploring this market also consider connecting with foodservice operations within other venues, such as hotels, country clubs, airports, and entertainment and sporting event venues.

Limited or quick-service restaurants typically have limited interest in local foods, unless they are identifying themselves as a niche or unique dining outlet. Full service restaurants, such as casual and fine dining restaurants, may consider purchasing produce, baked goods, meats and other products if the producer can provide a high quality, consistent product at a reasonable price. They are likely to be interested in products that will enhance specific menu offerings that appeal to customers.

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Resources for Producers

Resources for Foodservice Purchasers

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