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Financing

How your restaurant sales and profits compare to competitors' and what you can do to improve financial performance

Financing

Buying burgers

77 percent of beef eaten out of the home is in the form of hamburgers and cheeseburgers, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Financing

Get a deal on everything

Yes, you have to spend it to make it. But why spend more money than you have to? The deals are out there, for everything from wine to cleaning services. You just have to know where to find them, or at least how to ask for them. We sent reporters out looking for all the best ways for restaurant operators to save money. They found some great tips, so take a look and save a few bucks.

What’s your distributor done for you lately? If nothing comes to mind besides dropping off cases at the back door, maybe it’s time to start asking some questions.

Bottled water is one of the most profitable items you can sell, yet a growing number of fine-dining restaurants are dropping it from their menus.

Operators and their customers who love meat are starting to fork over more money to put protein on the plate. The problem starts with the feed. Cattle are traditionally finished on grain, but farmers looking for larger profits are now growing corn for ethanol instead of animal feed. Cow/calf producers are currently bearing the brunt of higher feed prices.

A selection of fruit smoothies can add on-trend beverage choices to a menu and boost average checks.

You can’t run a restaurant without ice—and lots of it.

With health and freshness two of the major forces driving menus today, produce is top on operators’ purchase orders. Indeed, restaurants have been making a big effort to put more fruits and vegetables on the plate. But this effort hit a roadblock with recent E.coli scares and salmonella outbreaks. As a result, food safety has become the priority for suppliers and buyers of fresh produce.

With sales of traditional soda pop flat, the beverage giants are bringing more alternative soft drinks to market.

Distributors describing themselves as broadline, or full-line, vary greatly in terms of the product lines they carry. Is it really a one-stop shop?

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