It may be time to switch to frozen dough balls or par-baked crusts.

How much does it cost you to make a single dough ball? You might have a good guess, but knowing for certain is important — in order to have a clear picture of your per-pie profitability.

Knowing the cost might also indicate that it’s time to transition to high-quality, cost-effective frozen dough balls and/or par-baked crusts from Alive & Kickin’ to:

  • Simplify operations
  • Improve pizzeria performance
  • Reduce labor and waste
  • Improve profit margins

Use this simple cost calculator to determine your current crust costs and if making the transition is a smart — and profitable — next step.

Click below to get started.

Step 1: Ingredient Cost Per Dough Ball

This step helps identify the cost of your dough ingredients.

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Total Ingredient
Cost Per Dough Ball


Next we will calculate your labor cost.

Step 2: Labor Cost

This step helps you calculate the labor cost of each dough ball you make.

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Total Labor Cost


Step 3: Overhead Expenses

There are also "hidden costs" of mixing dough in-house that are important to include when determining profitability.

Pinpointing these costs is very time-consuming, so rather than entering an amount in this step keep in mind that the final cost you see reflected on the Results page (next) does not include costs associated with:

  • Mixer, mixer parts and bowls, or mixer maintenance
  • Utilities
  • Kitchen floor space dedicated to mixer and storage of bulk dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, etc.)
  • Depreciation
  • Insurance premiums (mixer operation)

Your Results — Estimated Cost Per Dough Ball


And there you have it — your estimated total cost per dough ball!

While not an exact calculation due to the intentional omission of hidden costs, this exercise may shine a light on the true cost of making dough in-house.

If you’re feeling the labor pinch or your ingredient costs are on the rise, you might benefit from using pre-made dough balls or crusts. Alive & Kickin' products help operators across the country:

You can even have dough balls custom-made to match your secret family recipe!

The next step? Reach out to the Alive & Kickin' Pizza Crust experts to find out what your average cost might be to bring our convenient products into your operation. We'll do a side-by-side comparison so you know without a doubt whether you can improve your customer experience with our quality products!

Still not convinced?

View our infographic, 5 Ways Pre-Made Dough Balls Streamline Pizzeria Kitchen Operations.