Controlling Costs

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

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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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Licensing products doesn't have to be a huge undertaking. Brands with small programs that they say are lucrative as well as simpler to maintain—and began with relative ease. For restaurateurs looking into licensing, there are lessons to learn at every level.

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

Waffle House, a coffee-counter concept that hasn’t generated gasps with its tech innovations to date, is pairing up with the latest in app-based sharing, a new service that’s equal parts eBay and Uber.

Restaurant EquipmentView All
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Several overriding themes are influencing contemporary restaurant kitchen design and will continue to have an impact in the near future. A number of these themes are on display in the What’s Hot! What’s Cool! trend galleries at this month’s North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers Show in Anaheim, Calif. Here’s what NAFEM and other industry insiders pinpoint as the top five.

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