Month: April 2018

Five maintenance tips for your commercial refrigeration

It’s essential that you maintain all your commercial catering equipment, especially refrigeration and freezing units. A good cleaning and maintenance programme will extend the lifetime of your commercial refrigeration equipment, improve the hygiene standard of your premises, and save you money in the long run. Read on to explore these benefits.

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Preventing contamination

Mould is a common occurrence in commercial fridges and freezers, and it can lead to concerning situations such as contaminated ice. This means regular cleaning is essential for your ice machine. Ideally, you’ll want to hire an outside cleaning contractor to come in and give your ice machine a thorough cleaning a few times a year, in addition to a basic daily cleaning.

Breakdown prevention

The breakdown or malfunction of commercial fridges and freezers can be costly to fix and can lead to the loss of stock and potential earnings. Regular cleaning and maintenance …




How to price your restaurant menu

Whether you are opening a takeaway bar or a gourmet fine dining experience, every detail must be considered. Not only are menu prices likely to be one of the first things you think of but also they are one of the most important. Your profits hinge on your menu prices, so here is what to do when putting together your price list.

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Supply cost versus menu prices

It is paramount to consider how much it costs to buy the food you are using when setting the final menu prices. Typically, your prices must reflect 30-35 per cent above the cost of the ingredients for you to make a profit; however, the food type greatly affects this profit margin. Items such as steak are often the most expensive on the menu, which is because they cost around 50 per cent of their menu prices. Pasta dishes and salads are …