5 Tips to Consider When Selecting a Commercial Soft Serve Mix Supplier

It can be overwhelming trying to choose the right soft serve mix supplier for your shop. With so many companies out there, how do you choose? We’ll review some ways to help you make your decision.

  1. Should you choose someone local? It can be helpful to choose a supplier that is local to you, as you may be able to go to their facility and test the product. It may also make it easier to receive shipments in a shorter timeframe. If you do not choose a supplier that is local to you, you should be able to ask suppliers to send you samples of their product.
  2. Flavor Selection. Before choosing a supplier, decide what type of flavor selection you would like to offer. Do you only want to serve vanilla and chocolate, or do you want a variety of flavors? When researching suppliers, pay attention to the list of flavors they carry.
  3. Specialty Mixes. Do you want to serve non-dairy soft serve for those who are lactose intolerant? Is it important to offer a gluten free or kosher product? Not all suppliers offer these types of mixes, so this may help you choose who you want to purchase your mix from.
  4. Are they strictly a soft serve mix supplier? You may decide you want a supplier who only offers soft serve mix, or you may want a supplier who also offers toppings, cones, and other ice cream supplies.
  5. Liquid or Powder. This is one of the biggest factors when choosing a supplier. Many suppliers only offer powder due to its increasing popularity. If you are looking for a product with a longer shelf life, lower shipping cost, that requires less freezer space, you will need to look for a powder mix supplier.

These 5 tips will greatly narrow down the suppliers that may be of interest to you. Once you have a list of your top 3-5 suppliers, sample their product to determine if you like taste and consistency. You should also compare the ingredients and quality of the product.

Choosing the right soft serve mix supplier for your shop is one of the most important steps when getting started. The product is the foundation of your business, and that foundation should be strong.

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