A Better Bottom Line
As labor expenses increase, making smarter purchasing decisions can help your profitability.
Restaurant Week is always a hectic time, when your team is stretched in the front and back of house. A nationwide labor shortage and increases in minimum wage and employee benefits this year can add to the pressure, making saving time and labor in the kitchen even more critical to have a successful and profitable Restaurant Week and first quarter.
“For restaurants trying to conserve time and labor, starting with speed scratch ingredients and then building upon it with scratch-made flavors can cut your labor expenses in half,” explains Sysco Business Resource Consultant Ricky Webster. For instance, instead of having to peel, cook and process potatoes, consider using a product like Sysco’s Imperial Seasoned Mashed Potatoes which can be boiled-in-the-bag and kept hot in a warmer box or served right out of the bag. “Products like the Imperial Potatoes or Sysco’s Supreme Roasted Root Vegetable Blend can take all the prep work out, and allow your staff to focus on finishing flavors or deploying their skills on more labor-intensive dishes, adds Ricky. These precut and precooked items are not only great for helping cut down on labor but they also reduce the risk of hazards with less product handling and opportunities for cross contamination.”
For more examples of speed scratch solutions, here are nine products to boost profits.