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Musings on the Foodservice Industry

Key Metrics to Measure the Efficiency of Your Restaurant

When evaluating the efficiency of your restaurant management team there are few better metrics to use than Cost of Sales and Cost per Cover. Cost of sales is a great way to look at your food, beverage, and labor expenses (prime costs) to make sure you are operating efficiently.  The ratio is calculated by dividing 



How to Spot Fire Hazards In Your Restaurant’s Kitchen

It can happen in an instant, and all it takes is a spark. Between 2011 and 2013, about 5,600 restaurant fires were reported in the United States. These fires resulted in 100 injuries and $116 million in property damage. The vast majority of these were started – you guessed it – in the kitchen. There 



Cold-Brewed Coffee: It’s Hip, Cool and Very Profitable

Instead of asking what’s hot in the coffee world, it’s more appropriate to ask what’s cool!  Coffee connoisseurs throughout the world are raising their mugs filled with cold-brew coffee. There are so many options in the coffee world these days.  Just about every respectable restaurant serves a variation of espresso and cappuccino.  French roast is 



Make Halloween Pizza Sales a Frightful Good Time

Trailing only the Super Bowl, Halloween consistently drives the highest number of pizza sales in a single day. That’s quite a treat for pizzerias! But the trick is how to maximize the day? Pizza and Halloween have become the perfect match, as families want a quick, hearty dinner before heading out for trick or treating. 



Trash and Technology

Americans have grown accustomed to the steady march of new technology. Many challenges that face our country seem to be solved using new ways of thinking. Can technology resolve the problem of trash? The average American produces nearly 130 pounds of trash a month. A recent article in the magazine “Nature,” asks people to consider 



New Study has “Revealing” Take on Pizza Lovers

Here was an interesting survey question: If you had to choose, would you give up sex or pizza for a period of one year? A recent study of Millennials and their relationship to pizza, found that the allure of the pie is greater than that of the body for over six million adults or about 



Drive-Thru Coffee Kiosks: Express Expressos

The other day we were driving around town from one meeting to another, hurried as usual and in great need of a shot of espresso. We didn’t want to stop at the local Starbucks® where we would have had to wait 10-15 minutes for our caffeine boost, and the donut shop’s diluted offerings would not 



Online Food Choices Vary Throughout the World

It’s no surprise that pizza tops all cuisine as the most requested home delivered choice in the U.S.; in Europe though the orders are all over the map. With all the strong cultural traditions around food and drinks, one would imagine that most European countries would stay local and order their own national cuisine. But, 



You’re Invited to the Millennials’ Tea Party

What is hip, hot, cold, healthy, and very profitable and taking a run at the dominance of coffee as America’s beverage of choice? If you said tea, then you cheated and read the headline of this blog.  Tea drinkers should not be pigeon-holed as health nuts or elderly ladies.  It may surprise you, considering the 



Become a Leader in the Pizza Revolution

When we drive around the country – and believe me, we get around – we see a pizza revolution. There’s a changing of the guard that has brought more pizza and pizza-like offerings to more people than ever before. The rising dough (and we’re talking not only money, but regular and gluten-free crusts) is led 



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