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PREPARED FOODS DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS CONSULTING

Dedicated exclusively to organic and natural foods

co-ops and independents since 1997

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ABOUT

We specialize in prepared foods program, financial and fixture planning for natural foods grocers.

We have a passion for advancing the success of operators dedicated to scratch cooking with local, organic and natural ingredients. 

And our work has been exclusive to them since 1997.

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SERVICES

We bring a lifetime of hands-on experience in having personally worked in virtually every possible foodservice  position -- from prep cook and barista to manager and store owner.

 

So our design work intrinsically reflects an unrivaled understanding of each station's operational requirements -- and how to efficiently and affordably optimize each, in concert with all the others. 

Our coaching and consulting reflect a respect and understanding for the mission of developing and executing plans that grow and improve an operation -- from product development and training to merchandising and margin improvement.

Make touch to schedule an Introductory Consultation or to talk about any of our other typical services:

INTRODUCTORY CONSULTATION (GRATIS)

Virtual

Email or call (415) 497-7861 to schedule an hour to talk about your project, catch any free advice and see how we can be of service.

On-Site

Get focused on your target audience and help them make better, more informed business decisions. Ready to get started? Book this service today to discover what positive change really feels like.

On-Site

We efficiently lead clients through a creative process to develop a vision and design harmonious program, financial and fixture plans that tactically accomplish your strategic objectives. And our deliverables, including our supremely detailed DeliSmart Program & Financial Plans, will ensure your clarity and confidence.

Virtual

Prepared foods may be just one of many important departments in a grocery store. But it can set you up or weigh you down more than any other. And, knowing it costs more per square foot to build, and that it will consume more labor and overhead than any other department thereafter, only adds to the creativity and care we bring to helping clients develop a vision and plans for a right-sized and successful operation.

On-Site & Virtual

  • Operations & Financial Assessment + Priority Action Plans

  • Production Planning & Analysis

  • Staff Organization & Labor Plans

  • Merchandising Plans & Resets

  • Leadership Team Development, Coaching & Support

  • Systems & Operations Document Library

On-Site

In certain situations the option of our investing multiple weeks on site can be the best recipe for reformatting, restructuring and developing the systems, production and culture that will allow you to succeed on your own thereafter.

RECIPE COSTING DATABASE DEVELOPMENT

Virtual

It's essential to have a well organized and highly functioning recipe costing system and today's software makes it easy as pie. Well, almost. Because you still have to set it up with your ingredients and recipes from scratch. Well, we've set up ChefTec and Reciprofity databases for more stores than anyone else you know and we can do the same for you!

TEAM

We, and our strategic partners, have worked together for more than a decade

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ALLEN SEIDNER

Prepared Foods Design, Development & Operations Consultant

Principal, Thought For Food

Prepared foods designer and consultant to scores of the industry's leading natural foods retailers. Formerly a partner at Good Earth Natural Foods, team leader and traveling troubleshooter at Whole Foods Market and regional prepared foods director at Wild Oats Market, Allen's worked in food service since he was 14.

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MICHELLE O'CONNOR

Chef, Kitchen & Prepared Foods Operations Consultant
Strategic Partner, Thought For Food

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CLIENT REVIEWS

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Matt Stanley, General Manager

Astoria Co-op, Astoria, OR

Thought for Food provided a structured and meticulously thought-out approach to planning, designing, building, and opening our expanded prepared foods section. Kitchen design is paramount and Allen and his team worked closely with our store to create a kitchen that ties directly to our menu design and food offering. We wowed our customers from day one and we have a facility that can grow with the rest of our business.


Natural foods is highly competitive and the prepared foods we offer are key to differentiating our stores. From early stages to after-opening Allen and his team never ceased to reflect their passion for what they do and their desire to see our success. The on-the-ground support during a hectic opening was unsurpassed. Our new deli was a big leap for our store, but Michelle brought her experience, confidence, and positive attitude to our store and it made all the difference.


There is not a better team out there if you are looking to re-invent or build your prepared foods department!

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HOW CAN WE HELP?

(415) 497-7861

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