Before we started Good Food Warehouse I owned a franchise business and certainly wrote it off as an experience!!
When I say experience, it completed our knowledge in all facets of the food service industry and cemented our Good Food Warehouse business model in place, as we knew we could reduce the supply chain to the food service operator - making products fresher and cheaper. We are also about giving food service operators the opportunity to buy products you wouldn't necessarily have access to.
We had approved suppliers like everyone, so quality could be kept consistent across the board, made complete sense, as most customers knew the brand and wanted to know if they travelled to another state they could get the same quality product.
All Franchise systems will have a food safety programme in place to ensure food risk can be identified and managed, such as HACCP.
We've recently been asked by our customers if our Suppliers are HACCP certified and the answer is yes, HACCP is a type of food safety program and some of our suppliers have another type of certification. So, over the next few weeks we'll start publishing all of their food safety certificates along with others such as Halal approved, Australian certified organic, NASAA etc...
On a side note to this and something I already knew, again only from experience -
Section 47 of the Trade Practices Act 1974 prohibits corporations from engaging in the practice of exclusive dealing, although usually only where this has the purpose or effect of substantially lessening competition. Generally, this will not prevent a Franchisor from forcing Franchisees from purchasing goods from them, as long as the same goods are not available from any alternative source (such as the where the Franchisor produces the goods). If goods are to be bought from a third party, the Franchisor will not be prevented from imposing quality standards for goods and nominating preferred suppliers who meet those standards. However, a Franchisor who tries to prevent a franchisee from acquiring goods from an alternative supplier who meets the Franchisor's quality standards may be in breach of the Act.
You can find this here - 'Official Directory of the Franchise Council of Australia' - http://www.franchisebusiness.com.au/c/Wisewould-Mahony-Franchise-Lawyers/As-a-Franchisor-can-I-force-Franchisees-to-buy-products-from-me-or-from-a-particular-third-party-supplier-p19640
High Cost of Goods can send a business south very quickly so ensure you're buying approved products for the best possible price.
Do your research it can save you money!!