Say what you like about our government’s handling of the pandemic but one leadership figure is enjoying a surge in popularity over the last few weeks. Yes, Rishi Sunak is being talked about for all the right reasons, hailed for his ‘eat out to help out’ campaign, designed to get us dining out again. The scheme has brought joy to food lovers, deprived of the pleasure of eating out since lockdown, and a glimmer of hope to businesses trying to get back on their feet. By subsidising many restaurants and cafes to take part in the 50% off scheme, the Chancellor has also brought relief to diners whose purse strings are tighter since the Covid crisis took hold, giving us all the opportunity to pursue one of our favourite pastimes and to rediscover our long-lost sociable selves.
At Quattro Foods we are trying to help the industry get back on its feet in every way we can. As with every sector, those in the food industry have been forced to think innovatively to support their recovery after a pandemic that caused potentially irreparable damage.
Our development chefs have adapted their working practices so that we can help people enjoy nourishing meals at home as well as in restaurants. We’re living in a strange and uncertain time. Although we’re working hard at getting back to pre-Covid life, the virus is still prevalent, messages from authorities are unclear and there remains a significant fear amongst the general public of the ease with which the virus can be caught and spread, especially in social settings. Many people are not yet comfortable with the idea of returning to restaurants and this is where Quattro’s adaptive nature comes into play.
Working for over a decade to supply the highest quality food products to restaurants, foodservice providers, schools, hospitals, the army and the UN, our recent focus on retail supply contracts means that we are now manufacturing products which are being sold in supermarkets, catering equally for those excited to get back to public culinary pleasures as for those who don’t feel ready to dine out.
Like the rest of the industry and the wider business world, Covid chaos hit Quattro Foods hard. From the first dawn of the pandemic when our customers were forced to make large swathes of their workforce redundant or to close altogether, our team has been diversifying into other areas. We helped feed the homeless and vulnerable with our surplus stock and we are now facing the challenging reality of taking our business forward in different ways. From pasta fillings to risottos, we are selling bespoke products to retail suppliers for use in the production of some of their most popular products including ravioli, tortellini and arancini. Our sauces are used as part of whole meal solutions sold in supermarkets and other food shops.
We are working hard to turn things around by enhancing our B2B offerings and working closely with retail suppliers. By supplying them with our high-quality products for onward sale into supermarkets, we are contributing not only to our own survival but to the regeneration of the sector as a whole, across all aspects of the food industry.