Hubert recently distributed a catalog featuring lower prices on some of the most widely used products in our assortment. But there’s more to the story. Behind the scenes, our team of merchandisers is working hard to source products that we can offer at a lower price point without sacrificing quality expected from Hubert. To this end, I’ve spent the past decade researching materials used for cooking and marketing food. Here are a handful of ways you can save money with the products or habits you use in the kitchen.
Smallwares Can Spell Big Savings
You can often find savings on food prep smallwares because these items require more steps to produce. By specifying the same high quality material and assembly process as well known brands we have an opportunity for cost savings in production. We travel throughout the world to responsibly source Hubert brand kitchen utensils from manufacturers that often produce the same products for leading national brands. When we can uncover a more cost-effective way to produce products, we can pass the savings on to you!
Savings Solution: HUBERT® High-Heat Turners are made with high-quality stainless steel blades and slip-resistant polypropylene handles to withstand temperatures up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The 5L x 4W square blade turner is 57% less than the leading national brand!
Perfect Portions for Cost Control
Choose the right size portion servers for dishing out vegetables, desserts, and sides so meals are served consistently among your staff. A few minutes to choose the right size ladle, scoop or takeout container, and a few minutes to train your staff, can go a long way toward the bottom line.
Take this example: One of your most popular menu items is your delicious kale and chorizo soup and you charge $5 for a 10-ounce serving. If your staff mistakenly serves 11 ounces to 10 customers each day, you’ll end up giving away $1,820 in soup, annually.
Reduce Waste to Increase Profit
The U.S. creates more than 34 million tons of food waste every year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For restaurants not mindful of their waste habits, that means money going out the back door and straight to the landfill. Take some time to assess what is being thrown out and seek solutions to curb the volume. For example, you might consider purchasing less product or find a solution to keep it fresh longer.
Food waste represents a large portion of the waste businesses and households throw away in the U.S. Read more about food waste management.
Cut Costs on Cold Food Pans
Cost is not the only factor you need to think about when building your cold food station or replacing containers. Look for pans in standard sizes, developed to Gastronorm specifications, so it is easy to find lids that fit and replace containers as needed. Speaking of that, durability is also important. Select containers that are break-resistant and dishwasher-safe.
Savings Solution: HUBERT® cold food pans are made to the same specifications as leading national brands but they cost less because we source them straight from the manufacturer. This HUBERT® Sixth Size Black Cold Food Pan is 25% less than the top national brand.
Save on Stainless Steel Commercial Cookware
When it comes to a high-volume kitchen, quality of your tools is not something you want to skimp on. This is especially true when it comes to cookware. Years ago, we began researching lower cost alternatives to the national brands we carry in our assortment. Brands such as Vollrath will perform excellently in the commercial kitchen, but we want to provide you a wide selection. We have produced an array of Hubert brand cookware including NSF certified 18/8 stainless steel pots and pans that will cook consistently and withstand use in the commercial kitchen.
Savings Solution: HUBERT® Stainless Steel Sauce Pan (4 ½ quart) is built to last long and use on a variety of cooking surfaces. This pan is priced at 62% less than the leading national brand!
How are you controlling costs in your kitchen? Download our recent catalog for more savings solutions and kitchen essentials.