Nowadays, people are doing online searches with the objective of trying to find the right caterer. Sometimes the caterer is not local, but they seem to have what you need. There may also be other companies that meet your criteria. The question is should you opt for a local company?
There are reasons why a local company may be best. Besides choosing a local company, you should find one that is sustainable. Below are some of the reasons why you should go for a local and sustainable company.
Pros of a Local Catering Service
One of the biggest advantages of a local company is its location. You can always drive to their office. Sometimes face to face communication is more satisfying than speaking over the phone. You can go to their offices in case they are not answering your phone calls.
Additionally, a local service has professionals who understand the local area like the back of their hands. They are more likely to know the location of your venue. You will probably never hear excuses about them getting late to the venue due to traffic.
Finding a Company is Easy
The Internet has evolved to incorporate local searches. For companies, this has taken a prominent role as far as search engine algorithms are concerned. They are more likely to return a local company than an international one.
There are platforms such as BBB, Yelp and Bing that provide reviews to clients who are looking for more information about the company. These reviews factor in realities about your local area. For example, you live in a city where traffic is a big problem, you may want to see if the reviews indicate whether they got to the venue on time. Local reviews are often more relatable and useful than those from places far away from you.
A local company is likely to be more affordable. This is thanks to the logistics that are much easier and cheaper to handle. For example, sourcing of ingredients is done locally. A local company has established connections with suppliers who can provide goods in bulk or at a discount making it cheaper for you.
Transport costs are minimal. A company that is not local will have to find a place locally as they work for you. The transport costs from their location to a location near you could be costly. Setting up a place to work from could also add to their expenses. The company will then pass these expenses to you. This means a service that is more expensive to you.
Local caterers who source from within your location have a lower carbon footprint. They typically source for ingredients from less than a 20 mile radius from where they are situated. They do not use air freighted ingredients which leave a bigger carbon footprint. This also contributes to the local economy and further reduces carbon emissions.
If you are a green conscious person, you shouldn’t stop at getting a local company for your event. You should make a point of finding a company that is also green conscious. This means the company pays attention on what they do, they ingredients they use so that their business has little or no negative impact on the environment we all live in.
Some of the things that a sustainable company does, is to source ingredients locally to reduce carbon footprint, use organic ingredients that have not been exposed to a lot of chemicals, Reduce transport to a bare minimum. These companies have invested time, money and effort to make the world a better place. You can support them by seeking out their services.
Ryan Davis is the owner of Argyle Catering the best company for catering Jefferson City, MO has to offer.