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Food and Beverage Cost Control

This one day course has been designed to help delegates understand pricing methods and the control of gross profit, as well as assisting them with the effective execution of daily financial tasks such as ordering, purchasing and gross profit calculation.

Since staffing costs tend to be a significant expense alongside food costs in food and beverage establishments, the course will also cover wage and salary controls. The course is based on the recommendations of the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry, 11th Edition.

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Course Details

This course is ideal for those who are looking to develop or refresh their financial skills including:

Food service managers and supervisors

Supervisors in catering with responsibility for costs

Catering staff new to finance

Food and beverage cost controllers

Designed for all types of catering operations, this one day course provides the opportunity to review your purchasing cycle in depth, as well as ensuring selling prices are correct and gross profit margins maximised.

To view a taster featuring 10 top tips for controlling your Food GP%, click the link to watch a short video: 10 Tips for controlling your food cost percentage

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The Outcome

What will the course help you to do?

  1. Understand how to purchase, receive and store food products with a cost effective approach
  2. Compute the cost of food used
  3. Compute the actual cost of a menu item compared to the planned cost
  4. Develop labour standards and employee planning schedules
  5. Analyse and evaluate labour usage
  6. Analyse other expenses in terms of fixed, variable or mixed

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Course Delivery

‘Food and Beverage Cost Control’ is a highly interactive course, written by Debra Adams, author of the highly acclaimed textbook 'Management Accounting for the Hospitality Industry'. Debra is the Head Trainer for arena4finance, she has a background in Catering Management and is a qualified accountant. Debra has been delivering courses in financial management for hospitality and related topics for over 30 years.

This is a one day course, delivered through workshops, case studies and discussion. Delegates are encouraged to bring examples of their own internal reports. The course content can be adapted to suit the needs of your individual organisation, using internal reports and accounts for discussion and analysis.

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Would you like to study this course online? Contact us for more details.

We also offer more in depth courses in Hospitality Financial Management and Hospitality Revenue Management in partnership with the Hospitality Professionals Association (HOSPA).

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