Controlling Costs

Food Costs OutlookView All

Within the past 12 months, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, retail prices for beef, pork, chicken and milk all have hit record highs.

Commodities PricesView More

Commodities Prices

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Get a handle on your food costs by using our tool for tracking the pricing trends for key restaurant commodities, including poultry, beef, pork, eggs, corn, coffee and flour. The gauge provides a trajectory of where the prices are heading, enabling restaurateurs to anticipate the impact on food costs and adjust their menus accordingly. The information is updated continuously with actual market quotes, providing the industry's most current and insightful directional data.

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Managing this Line ItemView All
oil pouring

A decade ago, Mike Frampton was paying about $35 per pickup to have a rendering company haul away the used cooking oil from his Sacramento, Calif., Melting Pot franchise. Today, he’s the one getting paid.

PurchasingView All

A sluggish economy and skittish consumer spending means operators will continue to keep tight reins on their own spending in the New Year.

Restaurant TechnologyView All
chef ipad

Much of the public buzz around tablets refers to front-of-house applications, whether in the hands of a server taking orders or atop a table, loaded with games and self-ordering capabilities for guests.

Restaurant EquipmentView All
dishwasher

When asked by Fast Company magazine to name a must-have kitchen gadget not yet invented, Suzanne Goin, chef-owner of Los Angeles’ Lucques and A.O.C. restaurants, chose a tool that would automatically load the dishwasher.

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