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3 tips for choosing FF&E in the food & beverage sector

When designing for the Food & Beverage sector you need to know you are working with brands you can trust. From quality to price, there are many considerations along the way to ensure that you include the right products.

Our in-house procurement team, eporta Procurement, collectively have over a decade of experience in FF&E sourcing, specifying and installing. Heading up the team is Max Pilbeam, who gives us his top 3 tips for selecting furniture for the F&B sector to ensure they wow and withstand the test of time. 

Scrutinise the product engineering  

When we specify products for the F&B market, the engineering of any design needs to be scrutinised to a much higher level. We need to think about potential risks in the environment and issues could arise when considering a certain style or material. For example, appropriate fabric rub counts for high turnover restaurant seating and durable varnishes on tables to reduce staining and damage from food and beverages.

Upholstery was carefully selected on these Very Wood Bellevue Armchairs for D&D London
Upholstery was carefully selected on these Very Wood Bellevue Armchairs for D&D London

Don't lose focus on the budget

The London scene in particular has seen restaurant profits squeezed ever tighter as rents skyrocket. This makes it even more vital to maximise the capital outlay spent on furniture and lighting. It's our role to engineer solutions that maintain product quality and design whilst hitting the client's budget. One way of not compromising quality whilst maintaining tight budgets is working with designers directly to customise products with more efficient materials or less complex features that remain true to the original design. Also, whilst we all know that buying in volume achieves greater trade discounts, look to see if you can specify multiple items from the same supplier in order to encourage an even higher discount, and potentially save on delivery costs.

TON's products are reasonably priced, and their varied catalogue presents opportunities to specify multiple products. Here their Chair 313 150 adds a rustic, yet romantic touch
TON's products are reasonably priced, and their varied catalogue presents opportunities to specify multiple products. Here their Chair 313 150 adds a rustic, yet romantic touch

Build client relationships

Clients in F&B are consistently building, expanding and refitting which means they are a great source of repeat business, but only if they have complete trust in your service. Managing expectations is key to building this trust. Provide realistic lead times and look for alternatives where necessary rather than risking delays to the project. Be transparent too about your aftercare service and warranties that are and aren't applicable to the items you've sourced.

One of our trusted suppliers for F&B furniture is Stellar Works. The image above shows the Utility High Chair and Utility Armchair at PURO, Poland.
One of our trusted suppliers for F&B furniture is Stellar Works. The image above shows the Utility High Chair and Utility Armchair at PURO, Poland.

eporta Procurement is a consultancy and procurement practice working with Interior Designers and Architects around the world.

We are a team of passionate design seekers, holding product integrity at the core of our values. We know how vital it is to match the right product for the right project, so we are here to advise you every step of the way, from initial specifications through to installation and aftercare.

We have industry leading terms with 1000 suppliers providing us the flexibility to satisfy any brief or budget.

Past clients include D&D London, Barclays Capital, Berkeley Group, Tom Ford, Jamie’s Italian, Westfield, Greenwich Peninsular, JP Morgan, Carluccios, Red Bull Racing, and Battersea Power Station.

Call the team on +44 (0)207 183 7404 or email procurement@eporta.com for a free project consultation.

 

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