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Assess your buys to manage food costs

Originally Posted by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant operators finally got some relief from increasing food costs in 2015, according to the National Restaurant Association’s 2016 Restaurant Industry Forecast. However, this was the first decline in wholesale food prices in six years, leaving overall food costs elevated. Try these strategies to boost your [...]

Ben E. Keith Company Acquires MenuMax

Fort Worth, Texas - Ben E. Keith Company has acquired MenuMax, a recipe and menu management software company that provides innovative solutions for the foodservice industry. The sale was complete on November 1, 2016 and terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

MenuMax offers a fully automated cloud based recipe and menu management [...]

Could higher minimum wages help casual dining?

This post is part of the On the Margin blog. Originally posted by Nation’s Restaurant News

Casual dining is still struggling, and that’s especially true for the bar-and-grill segment that dominated the sector for so long, as the 4.1-percent decline in same-store sales at Chili’s last quarter demonstrated.

Could higher minimum wages change [...]

How to utilize food inflation data

On a regular basis, the U.S. government measures the rate of price change throughout the country in all industries, including the restaurant and grocery sectors.

As restaurant owners and executives, this data is one of many metrics to review that can be used to compare price changes in your organization with price changes [...]

10 Steps to Improve Your Restaurant Inventory Process

BYÂ SABRINA SANCHEZ

Taking inventory is one of the most dreaded tasks in a restaurant, but also one of the most crucial. It is critical to measure the amount of food, supplies, and other products your restaurant uses in order to control food costs and maximize profitability, yet no one wants to do [...]

How Promoting Free Wi-Fi Helps Restaurants

BY RMAGAZINE for RMagazine Restaurants are always trying to find new ways to increase customers, as well as gain their loyalty. Many restaurants have used the idea of giveaways as a promotional method to gain new customers. Giving stuff away for free you will attract the opportunists, but how long can you run [...]

Your Restaurant and the Affordable Care Act

BY SABRINA SANCHEZ for Restaurant Magazine

Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, employers have slowly seen the impacts of this new healthcare mandate. Initially, many were concerned with the impacts on healthcare and insurance industries, but those working in the restaurant industry may only now be feeling its full [...]

New Nutritional Menu Standards and the Craft Beer Industry

BY SABRINA SANCHEZ for Restaurant Magazine

In 2016, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be implementing a law that requires some restaurants and food establishments to disclose certain nutritional information for standard menu items. This law will become effective December 1, 2015 and must be in compliance by December 1, 2016. With [...]

How To Control Your Restaurant Bar’s Profit And Loss

BY JOSEPH LOMELI for Restaurant Magazine

There are many aspects to take into consideration when running a successful restaurant, and one of the biggest concerns is controlling cost. Being able to control your bar’s P & L – or profit and loss – could be a major factor to your bottom line. The [...]

How To Reduce Food Waste In Your Kitchen

BY JOSEPH LOMELI published on Restaurant Magazine

There are many ways to mange and control your bottom line, and some may come from overlooked areas. Food waste in kitchens has become a growing concern for restaurant owners so much that it ranks ninth among the top 20 food trends on the National Restaurant [...]

How to hook top talent

View original article from National Restaurant Association.

Reel in good talent from the labor pool with these steps:

1. Identify what’s a “good catch.” Start by determining what skills and traits are essential. If your restaurant has a set of core values or a mission statement, use that to guide you. [...]

The power of promoting from within

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When Elana “Lani” Hobson was a part-time fry cook at Jack in the Box in 1977, she never dreamed of rising to senior vice president of operations. Through the years, Hobson climbed the ranks, first within a Northern California unit, then to district [...]

As food costs are rising, small measures can help ease pressure

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About one-third of sales in a typical restaurant goes to food and beverage purchases, making cost management in the kitchen critically important to maintaining profitability.

During the last five years, average wholesale food prices rose roughly 25 percent. Operators can [...]

Serving up the whole animal: Nose-to-tail cooking

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Move over, pork chops. Nose-to-tail cooking, in which chefs use the whole animal, continues to be trendy. At Chicago’s Publican, adventurous diners can savor everything from crispy pigs’ ears to pigtail terrine. “There’s only so much you can do [...]

Capitalize on millennial traits to gain business advantage

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Take notice of the next generation, and learn to “LIKE” them.

“Millennials present the greatest competitive advantage in our business,” says Kathleen Wood, founder of Suzy’s Swirl frozen desserts and Kathleen Wood Partners. Millennials, those born after 1980, represent [...]