The Math Behind Your Restaurant Profits – Part 2

 In 1. David Scott Peters, Food Costs, Tip of the Day

By David Scott Peters

Restaurant Tip of the Week

Formulas give consistency to pricing. Many of the financial relationships necessary to develop an effective pricing structure can only be derived through mathematics. Following is one such formula.

Cost percentage
The cost percentage is a measure used to indicate the relationship between a product’s cost of sale and margin of profit. Cost percentage is derived by dividing an item’s cost (or portion cost) by its sale price.

37 cents per ounce x 1.5 ounces = 55 cents portion cost.
55 cents divided by $3.50 = 15.7 percent.

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