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Re: Buying Canned Goods
I find the best prices for caned goods, though not a huge choice, is Aldi. They have good quality vegetables in cans, as well as chicken, tuna, and Ham. They also have Stew and some other meat products. I have never asked if they offer case discounts, but it would not hurt to ask. My local store has an excellent choice as well of Mexican/Southwestern caned goods, like chilies, and beans. They also have some convenience foods that are ok as well, like Ramon, seasoning packets (like taco seasoning, Alfredo sauce, and what not for quick meals) and mashed potatoes in small foil packets.
Just make sure you get a sample cans before ordering something, as you don't want 60 cans of something you don't like.
All the restaurant supply stores I have been to only sell the larger cans, and mostly number 10 cans.
Ask to speak to a manager and special order so you get the freshest cans, as they do have expiration dates and you don't want him to hand you a 8 year old case that has been in the back.