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Food waste and/or the elimination of it can literally make or
break your business.

In my travels and consulting around
the country over the years, I have seen
a common theme in operators looking to make more money, but often
looking in the wrong places. Sure, there
is going to be SOME waste from time
to time. But I've seen the kind of waste
that practically made my head spin and
stomach turn all at the same time -
and the operator was oblivious to the
fact that big bucks were just flowing
out to the dumpster on a daily basis.
Let's focus on some areas that every
operator can tighten up on with their
controls that will save you money:
* Organization of your entire inventory sounds like a no brainer, but
almost everywhere I've been seems to
have an element of not having enough
space designated for their products.
This ultimately creates small clusters
of chaos with things shoved in random

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places, making it nearly impossible to
grasp what you really have on hand.
That's when product gets ordered that
you really didn't need, tying up inventory dollars that you didn't need to.
When this happens with perishables
or your inventory is not laid out in an
organized fashion, you will ultimately
order product that is not yet needed.
It will expire and need to be discarded
before you get to use it. This is the fastest way to negate any hopes of the kind
of profit you desire.
* Rotation and properly maintained
refrigeration equipment are crucial to
eliminating waste. Preventative maintenance on our equipment is one of the
smartest investments we can make and
ultimately less expensive. Without it, it
always seems that we notice our refrigeration temp is running high when we
are at peak volume, which is usually a
weekend. Now we need an emergency
late night or weekend repairman coming out, which is always more costly.

Oh and if you need a part that he
doesn't have access to until Monday,
you're really up the creek without a
paddle.
F.I.F.O.: We know what it means,
and we preach it to our staff. First in,
first out teaches them that the oldest
product must get used first. Otherwise,
putting new product in front of old
will simply allow what was perfectly
good and usable product to end up in
the dumpster! More money down the
drain...Ouch! The most effective way
to do this is to date everything. If you
don't want to purchase stickers made
especially for this purpose, a simple
slice of masking tape and a permanent
marker will do the trick.
* Knowing your menu mix will allow
you to set up proper prep lists for each
day of the week. More and more operations have a POS system these days
than ever before. I've come to realize
that more than 50 percent of managers don't know how to tap into their


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Pizza Today - May 2017
Commentary
Contents
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Interact
Conversation
Man on the Street
Respecting the Craft
On Tap
Destinations
Knead to Know
Flooring Options
Specialty Cheese Pairings
Manchego
Eliminating Spoilage
Cheese Pricing
Grand Openings
Pizza Today on the Road: Riverboat Pizza Co., Savannah, GA
Pizza Today on the Road: Stoner’s Pizza Joint, Savannah, GA
International Pizza Expo Wrap Up
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Trending Recipe
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Commentary
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Contents
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Contributors
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Expo Spotlight
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Interact
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Conversation
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Man on the Street
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Respecting the Craft
Pizza Today - May 2017 - 21
Pizza Today - May 2017 - On Tap
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Destinations
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Knead to Know
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Flooring Options
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Specialty Cheese Pairings
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Manchego
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Eliminating Spoilage
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Cheese Pricing
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Grand Openings
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Pizza Today on the Road: Riverboat Pizza Co., Savannah, GA
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Pizza Today on the Road: Stoner’s Pizza Joint, Savannah, GA
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - International Pizza Expo Wrap Up
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Product Showcase
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Pizza Today Yellow Pages
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