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By adamg on Sat, 05/02/2020 - 12:33pm
Eileen Murphy shows us how Star Market is keeping its shelves filled by tapping into what is usually the restaurant and cafeteria supply chain - and is now stocking items such as mega-chonky cans (6.33 lbs. each) of garbanzo beans, corn and hash.
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Beans beans the magical fruit.
The more Magoo eats the more Magoo toots.
The more Magoo toots the better Magoo feels.
That’s why Magoo eats beans every meal.
I suspect Market Basket and Wegmans
also do this ...
To date, I haven't noticed this happening
at my local Market Basket.
is missing a big opportunity then.
I wish they would sell containers of these quantities more often. Some restaurant supply houses will deliver to residences but at a $250 min order, it's too much. But I'd prefer to have a few big cans on hand as opposed to a dozen small ones, particularly if the price is much less per oz.
Right now there's too much variety of brands for the same size. There should be one brand but more sizes. (No real difference in quality for canned kitchen staples.)
In more ordinary times...
...I would recommend asking them to order a case of those on your behalf, since their usual distributors usually stock these things. (I do this at Neighborhood Produce.) But right now things are a bit too hectic, so your chances are kinda slim.
there is variation in quality
I used to think that canned beans were an interchangeable commodity item. Then I moved to the Seattle area and discovered that the brands aren't interchangeable. There are a lot of inferior varieties of canned black beans, which I hadn't noticed because I used to automatically buy Goya, like everyone else in my neighborhood.
Back in the northeast, I am back to buying Goya, because I know they'll be good, and the price is reasonable.
You could make a lot of
You could make a lot of hummus with that.
For comparison, a #10 can of garbanzo beans costs around $3.50 at Costco.
(We go thru a couple of cans per month. We make a lot of hummus.)
I haven't heard anybody mention #10 can in decades!
Haven't worked in food service
They're a staple. Everything comes in ten cans. I've seen recipes call for "four ten-cans of xyz."
Pretty obvious to sell them given the shifting demand from food service to consumer.
(Some require a pretty hefty can opener to open well of course.)
Learned about #10 can in camp
I went to an overnight YMCA camp in the 60s, later becoming a counselor, and that's where I first learned about them.
I was sitting RIGHT THERE!
Thanks for ignoring me, pal.
I mean, CORN is hardly as nutritious as I am but no problem showcasing them.
I know plenty of people want me.
This is a good adjustment
The manufacturing facilities that make "retail" canned veg are running at full capacity. They *can't* make more 14.5oz cans of DelMonte green beans right now. And demand is much higher than it was a year ago, because people are cooking so many more meals at home than they used to.
Conversely, the demand for chonky cans is way down, because people aren't eating restaurant food nearly as much as they were a year ago. Consequently, the entire supply chain for chonky cans -- canning, transport, wholesaling -- has slack. They've got more ability to manufacture and deliver goods than people are buying.
Breaking into retail helps bridge that gap.
It's not just about people finding value. If this doesn't happen, we're going to be throwing away tons and tons of food at the farms at the very time that people are suffering from hunger, precisely because we don't have enough retail supply chain capacity to move it all.
If you can get through a big can without throwing it out, I encourage you to buy one. You're actually helping make sure there is enough food supply to keep us going.
What’s the difference between
What’s the difference between a chick-pea and a garbanzo bean?
hasn't paid for a garbanzo bean.
It's better than the limit 2
It's better than the limit 2 small packages of meat or 2 frozen meats at Roche Brothers in WR yesterday.