Cost Control

  • More Canadian SMBs struggling to pay rent

    June 30, 2022
    A new report has found that 43 per cent of all small business owners in Canada reported they could not afford to pay their rent in June. Alignable’s June Rent Report notes that figure was up four per cent from May amid record rising inflation. More than half (55 per cent) of Canadian small business owners say they’re ...
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  • How supply shortages impact menu engineering

    June 29, 2022
    Sustained supply shortages are just one of the challenges that still continue to plague restaurants in North America, and the effects of that crunch are felt in everything from menu prices and options to staffing. Anissa Mandell Chance, SVP of Supply Chain at Focus Brands, the parent company of brands including Schlotzsky’s, Cinnabon, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and ...
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  • Diners expect smaller portion sizes as inflation continues

    May 5, 2022
    A new survey from back-of-house restaurant management software company MarketMan has found that three-quarters of Americans believe restaurants will cut down on portion sizes as inflation continue. Responding to the survey, 74 per cent of Americans said they think operators will manage increasing food costs by cutting portion sizes while charging customers the same price, and ...
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  • How to keep track of your restaurant equipment & inventory

    April 29, 2022
    By Erin Wagner Restaurants contain a wide range of equipment used for cooking, storing, and handling foods, and this equipment requires regular maintenance to remain in good working condition. Tracking restaurant inventory and equipment remains a challenge for most establishments. Some businesses do not pay much attention to proactive maintenance programs, and that leaves facilities with ...
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  • Food waste equals wasted opportunity for Canada’s food sector

    April 13, 2022
    A new report from food rescue organization Second Harvest has illustrated the severity of Canada’s food waste problem and suggested some core solutions that the food industry can implement to resolve the issue. Second Harvest’s findings show that Canada’s food system wastes almost all of the surplus edible food it produces, when it could instead be ...
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  • Prices are rising, but technology can help restaurants stay ahead

    March 25, 2022
    By Mo Chaar Canada’s inflation is at its highest level in over three decades and the price of food is skyrocketing, but this news does not mean that restaurants have to suffer. Technology has helped restaurants survive some of the most challenging times in recent history, and this time is no different. Restaurants can use technology ...
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  • Russian invasion of Ukraine fuelling food inflation in Canada

    March 9, 2022
    Even aside from the direct pain and trauma caused in Ukraine, the Russian invasion is having serious impacts across the world, including on the food production and foodservice industries. With inflation already at its highest rate in decades in Canada and food inflation soaring, wheat is the latest staple ingredient to surge. Ukraine is one of ...
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  • US menu prices take their highest leap in 40 years

    February 11, 2022
    One rather inevitable effect of the strains on the food industry has been rising costs and higher menu prices, and the consequences have been spectacular. Amid a landscape of stretched supply chains, climate change, a labour crunch, and other factors, restaurants have been raising their menu prices to offset the resulting unprecedented spike in food ...
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  • Reporting functions: Restaurants’ unsung hero

    January 25, 2022
    By Mo Chaar The restaurant industry has faced several setbacks over the past year and is still fighting for survival. Pursuing expansion across regions can seem like an impossible task in the current climate. However, there is a facet of restaurant operations that is typically underutilized and can aid growth – reporting functions for data analysis. Having ...
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  • In 2022, high-tech solutions can help deal with disruptions

    January 14, 2022
    By Laurent May In the business and tech worlds, the word “disruption” gets tossed around a lot — usually with positive connotations, as when a new innovation changes an industry for the better. The world in general has seen major disruptions over the past couple of years, and not always the good kind. As has been ...
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  • Offsetting rising restaurant costs in 2021

    November 18, 2021
    Restaurant costs were already a burden for operators even before the pandemic raised the stakes. But particularly in the current climate, operators constantly need to adapt to stay afloat, you’ve got to adapt. Restaurant labour costs are rising amid a staffing challenge, food prices have soared in many industry sectors, and logistics costs keep climbing, among ...
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  • How chains are tackling the ongoing labour shortage

    November 15, 2021
    The fact that foodservice is facing a continued labour shortage has been well-documented by this point. While staffing levels have rebounded to some degree in some areas, restaurants are still struggling to attract the quality and quantity of workers that they need to handle the resurgent growth in indoor dining in Canada, the U.S., and ...
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  • Is tech the key to solving the restaurant labour crisis?

    November 9, 2021
    By Laurent May Overall, the state of Canada’s labour market is looking good, which points to an economy on the rebound from the worst impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In September, according to recent figures from Statistics Canada, employment reached pre-pandemic levels for the first time. This is great news in general, but a closer look reveals ...
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  • Restaurant rent marginally more attainable in October

    November 2, 2021
    Operators’ battle to pay restaurant rent continues, but the situation appears to have eased slightly. Alignable’s October Rent Report found that 43 per cent of small businesses and 41 per cent of restaurants were not able to pay their October rent in full. For general small businesses, that’s an increase of five per cent over September, meaning a ...
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  • Canadian milk prices set to soar by more than ever before

    November 1, 2021
    The Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) announced on Friday, October 29 an unprecedented 8.4 per cent increase in milk prices. The increase, which equates to six cents per litre, affects the cost of milk used to make dairy products for the retail and restaurant sectors effective February 1, 2022. However, the impact will actually be far greater ...
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