Cheese Prices - Chicago Area?

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  1. Joe

    Joe Active Member

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    Just opened my first shop in Chicagoland after relocating back this way from San Francisco. Maybe it's because I'm a new shop and haven't established a volume yet but so far cheese prices here are insane compared to California.

    I've checked Battaglia, Greco, US Foods, and Sysco. All were +0.60/lb over market or higher for their name brand mozzarella. For example, US Foods has WM mozz under their brand Roseli for $2.66/lb and Grande (the so-called king of mozzarella) has WM mozz for $2.61/lb. In SF, it's common the cheese prices would be around 0.20/lb over market across all distributors for their name brand mozzarella. With the market closing at $1.61/lb for block yesterday and around that the past several days of trading, the cheese prices should be around $1.81-1.85/lb.

    Anyone else using a different distributor in Chicago area with better mozzarella prices?
     
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    last week I paid $1.71 a pound for battaglia moz...battaglia and greco seem to always be cheaper than the nation wide guys. with greco coming in just a bit more expensive than battaglia...greco is coming in at 1.89 this week.
     
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    Which brand of mozz cheese from Battaglia?
     
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    their house brand
     
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    California. Anybody using Sysco Arezzio? Last price here 2.23/lb
     
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    Colorado, Villa Frizoni, 1.94, Roseli 2.01
     
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    Joe!

    Welcome back to Illinois, buddy. What's the name of your shop? I'd like to follow on fb. I'm paying around $2.30 for Grande part skim mozz from Greco. We buy 12-15 cases a week and shop them weekly against GFS, so we likely get a solid deal.

    You going to Pizza Expo this year?




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    Looking at my Sysco App. Arezzio is $1.80/lb this week for me and I havent ordered it in months
     
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    Hey Patrick,
    No I can't make it this year. First one I've missed in years. Just opened up my new spot and it's packed every night (150+ seats) so I'm likely a prisoner here until operations start running smooth as I ween myself out gradually.
    Thanks for the response. I was using Greco and the service was great but switched over to Battaglia for most pizza supplies and still shop them against Sysco/US Foods. I have perfect credit but Greco will only do net/14 terms for some reason. My other 17 vendors are all set at net/30. Very odd. Just easier for me to do payments once a month. I've never had net/14 with any vendor in my 16 year career. Battaglia also will make my custom boxes for a good price and they'll store them in their warehouse instead of forcing me to order 12 cases of each size! Who has room for that?!
    You going to do a 2nd location or stick with one big boy? Think this is my last rodeo and kinda over multi-unit ops. Hope all is well amigo!
     
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    Try Performance/Roma. I have great credit and Greco gave me COD no terms! They even had the audacity to email me and congratulate me on getting C.O.D. I have 14 - 21 day terms with every other supplier.

    I called their credit department and the reason they gave me is that I have too many inquiries. I told them no kidding I am opening a restaurant everyone under the sun is pulling a credit report. They are no longer majority owned by the Greco's a hedge fund has taken control.

    Now in Chicago Panos Foods is trying to Branch out big time. The salesman has come in but I did not get a chance to sit down with him to get prices. A few friends of mine that own different concepts tell me their pricing is great. Hopefully this helps out best of luck with the new restaurant.
     
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    what the what! i live in Des Plaines...whats he new place? i'll come by.