Crunching the numbers around ingredients, yield, waste and labor may help you dial into the cost of making each dough ball in-house — and per-pie profitability — but with all of the other responsibilities of running a busy pizza operation, who has time for that?
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Office parties. House parties. Family get-togethers. Holiday gatherings are tailor-made for the convenience and crowd-pleasing deliciousness of pizza.
Seasonal catering is a great way to get your pizza in the hands of party-goers, and a prime opportunity to differentiate yourself from the competition. However, adding a catering service — even a temporary one — requires careful planning and thinking beyond the menu to be executed well.
Scratch-made pizza dough may be a traditions-old pride point for your operation, or perhaps it’s a business decision to contain costs. You may even be doing it because you’ve bought into popular myths about pre-made dough balls or you want to control the process to minimize food safety issues.
This article was originally published in May of 2016 and has been updated for 2018.
Rising temperatures are no reason for your sales to cool off. With just a few simple seasonal tweaks to your marketing messaging, menu offerings and promotional events you can make more money all summer long, no sweat!
It’s no secret that the restaurant and foodservice industry is in the midst of a significant worker crisis — recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data pins the annual turnover rate at around 73%.
In the age of shrinking margins and growing competition, restaurant operators are getting more inventive about how to make a dollar stretch.
With $799 billion in U.S. sales last year alone, the restaurant industry is big business. Competition is fierce, and operators must capitalize on every advantage to remain profitable.
In an industry plagued by labor shortages and relentless competition, restaurant and foodservice operators often find themselves with shrinking margins and, as a result, profits. Protecting margins by doing more with less has gone from a smart business strategy to an everyday best practice, leaving many to consider how — or if — they can reverse course on this erosion of profitability.
Your pizzeria may be operating without any glitches, but does that mean it’s running efficiently? In light of the growing challenges operators are facing — labor shortages, higher costs, lower margins and stiffer competition — it may be an ideal time to assess what’s working and what isn’t, and make some changes to maximize profitability and customer satisfaction. Start with these five steps:
Although the current national unemployment rate of about 4% suggests otherwise, foodservice professionals continue to struggle with finding and retaining workers in an industry with an annual employee turnover rate averaging 73%.