Food Purchasing - RD84

Food Purchasing

by Lynne Nannen Robertson, RD, PhD, MS, BS
(4.4 / 47 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (5.00 CPEU)

Price: $79.00
CE-PRO Price: $39.50


Food purchasing errors cost money, but systematic planning, evaluating, and ordering can pay big dividends. This comprehensive course defines terms, specifications and quality standards, and gives specific information on planning, record-keeping, inventory control and supply. Accessing Lynne's lifetime of experience will help make your foodservice operation efficient and sustainable, no matter what financial and economic factors impact your institution. Includes: ordering meat by grade, IMPS numbers; dairy product standards; classes, grades of poultry; storing fresh produce; evaluating purchase orders; value-added product comparison; cutting costs.


Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  • Know the importance of careful evaluation of products.
  • Understand how to place orders for the foods needed to prepare menu items.
  • Identify the terminology that is used by those grading meat products.
  • Understand how to order meat items using IMPS numbers.
  • Recognize the quality standards of dairy products.
  • Understand the kinds, classes, grades, styles and types of poultry products.
  • Describe new items that can be used on upcoming menus.
  • Understand the product characteristics of beverages.
  • Identify specifications that are appropriate.
  • Apply the information learned to the buying of menu items.
  • Relate knowledge of products to specifications of food items.
  • Apply the storage requirements to the handling of fresh produce.
  • Use information to decrease cost and increase quality of a product.
  • Examine purchase orders to be certain that they are correct in every detail.
  • Compare two value-added items to identify the one that is more economical.
  • Develop a new innovative system to decrease food costs.
  • Evaluate the alternatives of proposed systems of purchasing.
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Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.  This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 7080, 7180, 8070, 8090 and performance indicators of 13.2.3, 13.2.5, 13.2.6, 13.3.3. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 8/1/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/26/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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bridget w - camden, OH  ·  Apr 14, 2019
didn't realize all that was too detail on all the subject matter
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Tricia K - LEANDER, TX  ·  Oct 23, 2018
detailed information is provided on many food items in common use.
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Darbie W - Lutz, FL  ·  May 22, 2018
very detailed review
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Diana C - Staten Island , NY  ·  Mar 24, 2018
This was a comprehensive over view of food specifications. The information is useful for any food purchaser or contract manager
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Beverly R - Oxford, OH  ·  Aug 13, 2017
Good review of knowledge I have gained and used over the years. A few new tidbits of information that I was not aware of or had forgotten.
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Price: $79.00
CE-PRO Price: $39.50