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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LYFE Kitchen Pizzadillawich

How do you fit hefty menu analyses that can stretch over hundreds of SKUs into the budget? We asked several operators, who already have gone through the process to share what worked—and didn’t work—for them.

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 EquipmentView All

Running a refrigeration system can account for 40 to 50 percent of total energy use in a restaurant—a sizeable chunk of the utility bill. New efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment, published in a final rule by the U.S. Department of Energy in April, may ease the pain.

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