Greenlight Grocery helps local restaurants and businesses save money on food orders

CLEVELAND — Greenlight Grocery President Matt Vann outlines a new way to help local restaurants, daycares and even hotels save money and stay in business.

“We know that once they’ve seen it and once they’ve seen what it could do for their restaurant, hotel, convenience store or daycare, it’s literally the difference between the lights that stay on and the lights that go out,” said Greenlight Grocery President Matt Vann.

Launched just two months ago, Vann says the online digital ordering guide brings price transparency, all completely free to businesses that sign up.

“What I imagined Greenlight Grocery to be is this problem-solving piece of the food cost puzzle,” Vann explained.

Greenlight Grocery also lets customers see their options side-by-side, which translates into big savings, at a time Vann says is crucial as many businesses are spending more due to rising costs.

“Our average customer currently buys about $300,000 a year in groceries, so you know you’re talking about savings for our average customer of about $48,000 a year,” Vann said.

“It’s not great,” Yum Village owner Carasai Ihentuge said.

Yum Village is located right in the heart of Cleveland State University, and although it’s only been there for nine months, the owner tells News 5 that inflation hasn’t made it any easier. for his business.

“I remember about two years ago in Detroit a crate of chicken was $40 to $50, now I’m paying $90 to $110,” Ihentuge said.

“We just want to help restaurants,” Vann said.

As part of the process of creating Greenlight Grocery, Vann says it also helped them create a second company called “Supply Now.”

“Think of Supply Now as a Swiss army knife that restaurants, chefs, managers and owners can use in a crisis for any type of supply issue,” said Aaron George, COO and Founder of Supply Now.

A resource helping Yum Village maintain daily operations in difficult situations.

“It’s a huge relief to know that I can scan a barcode and someone is going to respond in a short amount of time,” Ihentuge said.

Greenlight Grocery is available throughout northeast Ohio, hoping to expand out of state next year.

“I want to see all small businesses survive,” Ihentuge said.

They are currently in beta testing with 49 restaurants and accepting more applicants.

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Gladys T. Hensley