Restaurant Owners and Managers–Do your food costs fall as fast as they rise? Recent commodity price fluctuations to be aware of…

Fresh chicken wings are 53% lower than they were in 2019. The market has them priced below $1 per pound! Are your prices back to 2019 levels? Avocados, pork back ribs, and pork belly (bacon) are all below 2019 as well. Eggs are currently below their price from 3 years ago. A seasoned procurement person knows how to navigate the commodity markets. They should more than pay for themselves over a year. At Thriving Restaurants our goal is to save a minimum of 2X our fee. The savings is usually much higher than that.If your company needs someone to help manage and negotiate prices send us a note at

Attention Restaurant Owners/Managers! Are you aware of how deflating food prices can have a negative impact on your business?  Read on to learn how dropping prices can harm your restaurant and what you can do about it.

When market prices for ingredients drop, restaurants with a contracted markup in writing with their distributor will benefit from immediate price reductions. However, those without a contracted markup are at a significant disadvantage because their prices will drop much slower, potentially losing out on profits. This disadvantage becomes even more pronounced during times when customers are watching their spending closely. Competitors with a margin in place can offer more competitive menu prices and see greater profits from similar sales. This allows them to offer higher wages to their staff and outspend the competition on advertising. To avoid falling behind, it’s crucial to have a solid contract in place with your suppliers that outlines a set markup for everything you buy. This provides stability and protects your business from the fluctuations of the market. Take some time to review your supplier contracts and ensure you have a contracted markup in place. In short, having a contracted markup in place is essential for restaurants to stay competitive and maintain their profits. Don’t let deflation harm your business – take action today.  If you need help or advice, don’t hesitate to contact us at Thriving Restaurants. We’re dedicated to helping growing restaurant operators compete with big chains, leveraging our 30+ years of relationships, large buying power, and aggressive contracts. Gain an advantage over your competition before they gain one over you.

The Hidden Costs of Pressuring Your Supplier to Lower Prices

As a restaurant owner, you’re always looking for ways to save money and improve your bottom line. One strategy that many restaurant owners use is to pressure their foodservice suppliers to lower their prices. While this may seem like a smart move in the short term, it can have hidden costs that impact your business in the long run.
One-way suppliers can make up the margin when a restaurant owner pressures the salesperson to lower prices is by changing the price of items they know the operator doesn’t monitor. For example, an operator threatens to fire the supplier if they don’t reduce the price of their ground beef. The salesperson reluctantly says okay, lowers the price, and with a few clicks doubles the margin to all lids. After all, who in the heck is watching the price of lids? Net result, the operator is paying more than they would at the previous beef price. Everyone leaves happy but the operator will continue to struggle.
Another way that suppliers can make up the margin is by cutting corners on quality. For example, a supplier may switch products by telling the restauranteur “that item is out of stock but I have this one that is similar.” This could lead to a decrease in quality, which can negatively impact the customer experience and your reputation.
Understand, your salesperson has a responsibility to make sure each delivery meets their company’s expectations for profit margin. That said most operators don’t have a written contract explicitly spelling out how the margin/markup is calculated on every item they are buying. Without it, there is nothing prohibiting the supplier from changing prices at will.
At Thriving Restaurants GPO, we believe that transparency and honesty are the keys to building strong relationships with our customers. That’s why we offer complete transparency into our contracting and margin structures so that you can make informed decisions about your purchasing.
When you pressure a salesperson to lower the price of a particular item, you’re not just impacting that item – you’re impacting the overall relationship with your supplier. Instead of pressuring your supplier to lower prices, we encourage you to have an open and honest conversation about your needs and budget. By working together, you might find creative solutions that benefit both your business and your supplier.
At Thriving Restaurants GPO, we believe that building strong relationships with our customers is the key to our success. By offering complete transparency and honesty, we can help you make informed decisions about your purchasing and build a relationship that benefits both of our businesses.
Glenn Hurley