Clam Chowder from Sysco

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2006/10/22 20:27:04 (permalink)

Clam Chowder from Sysco

Hello,

I run a concession business and want to carry a good, thick, chunky clam chowder in my trailer that I operate at an outdoor flea market on Sundays. I recently got an account with Sysco. I had ordered Sysco Imperial label clam chowder. Imperial label is supposedly the highest quality that Sysco offers. I was shipped by mistake Campbell's. I figured I'd try a can of the Campbell's, and quite honestly I thought it stunk. It was thin, and didn't have much flavor. And this Campbell's is actually $10 more per case than the Imperial label from Sysco. Does this mean that the Sysco Imperial is going to be even worse? Does anyone have any experience with Sysco Imperial Label clam chowder? For anyone with a Sysco account... what chowder do you recommend?

Thanks for any input.
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    terryl
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    RE: Clam Chowder from Sysco 2006/10/23 10:01:04 (permalink)
    Give the sysco Imperial a try. I have used it and was very pleased by the quality. I believe the extra money that Campbell's gets is because of the name, nothing else. Campbell's soups are uniformly lousy due the ridiculously high sodium content.
    Sysco also offers a great ketchup under their Monarch brand, It is a great ketchup for half the price of Heinz.
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    RE: Clam Chowder from Sysco 2006/10/23 22:45:57 (permalink)
    sysco labels are top notch, dont worry. i always added a little bit, to personalize things. a little spice, or meat, or something...
    the only thing to worry about with sysco, is their desire to make you as unhappy as possible. do not put up with price increases, and do not let them know if you are buying product from a competitor, they want all or none of your business. they will not give you any notice, of their decision to drop your acount, and will give you no consideration of any kind, so be careful.
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    bassrocker4u2
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    RE: Clam Chowder from Sysco 2006/10/23 22:47:40 (permalink)
    oh yea, i think the problem is that you ordered by the can. you want to use the frozen bags, instead. much better product of any brand..
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    littlebites
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    RE: Clam Chowder from Sysco 2006/10/24 17:18:16 (permalink)
    Watch the orders from Sysco like a Hawk. Unless you are a huge account Sysco will screw you every way they can.
    They already did by dumping the Campbells junk on you.
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    RE: Clam Chowder from Sysco 2006/10/25 13:48:08 (permalink)
    Littlebites is exactly right!

    Watch every order and every item you order from Sysco. They're so big they don't pay any attention to small details like "clam chowder." All they care about is making money any way they can.

    Be sure to watch your credits with them, and make sure you get a copy of the credit memo's they issue when you return or refuse an item.

    Also, be very watchful with their produce. Their produce sucks!

    Nacho!

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    grnthmb55
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    RE: Clam Chowder from Sysco 2006/10/25 19:39:19 (permalink)
    Thanks for the replies guys. I ended up going with Sysco Classic frozen New England Clam Chowder. I didn't want to take any chances with sub-par soup again... so I've been hearing the frozen is better than canned so I went with that. I'll have it on Friday; I hope it meets my expectations. It's going to be cool here on Sunday and I'm really looking forward to selling some good chowder at the flea market.
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    RE: Clam Chowder from Sysco 2006/10/26 16:58:19 (permalink)
    Good Clam Chowder is easy to make, and much cheaper than buying from a middleman like Sysco.

    Get a good recipe, try it out, if you say WOW, make a weekly trip to Sams or Costco, save 30-50% off of Sysco, plus advertize HOMEMADE. If it's really good people will want to buy pints/qts. etc.
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    grnthmb55
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    RE: Clam Chowder from Sysco 2006/10/26 20:27:59 (permalink)
    I can't do homemade... I don't have a fully equipped kitchen in my trailer, and making any food for commercial sale in my home kitchen is a no-no with the health department here. Plus I'm not a chef, nor do I desire to be one... I'll pay the extra few bucks and save myself some time and hassle.
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    RE: Clam Chowder from Sysco 2006/10/27 17:16:06 (permalink)
    Yes, that is a big problem when you cannot make any food for commercial sale. Can you "doctor it up"? add more cream, more potatoes, more pepper, more clams????
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    RE: Clam Chowder from Sysco 2006/10/27 21:21:52 (permalink)
    http://www.stockpot.com/stockpot_page.cfm?tn=prod&chan=77&type=155,157&pn=4&id=175


    Saw that while googling for something....
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    RE: Clam Chowder from Sysco 2006/10/27 23:16:31 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by lleechef

    Yes, that is a big problem when you cannot make any food for commercial sale. Can you "doctor it up"? add more cream, more potatoes, more pepper, more clams????


    Yeah, I can doctor it. I just need to have the receipts from wherever I purchased the soup from incase the health department ever asked. The chowder came in today... judging by the looks in the frozen tray, it'll be good. I've got a few trays out defrosting now, and tomorrow I'll be preparing them. Hoping for the best!
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    RE: Clam Chowder from Sysco 2006/10/28 00:15:01 (permalink)
    Whenever I buy (New England style) canned clam chowder, I always dump in an extra can of good quality "chopped clams" with it's juice.
    If it needs to be re-constituted, I use milk and only half as much as directed to keep it thick.
    Oh yes, I only add the extra clams just before the soup is fully heated.
    That way, the clams don't get overcooked and rubbery.
    Try that and I'm sure people will love the fact that your clam chowder is "thick" with clams.
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    grnthmb55
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    RE: Clam Chowder from Sysco 2006/11/20 18:59:53 (permalink)
    The Sysco Classic frozen clam chowder is going very well for me. It's easy to prepare, and my customers seem to really like it. Thanks for all your replies!
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