What Is Restaurant Inventory Management?

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The simple answer? Restaurant inventory management is knowing how much of each ingredient and supplies you have in stock and how much you need to order.

Inventory management is not a fun task. It requires a lot of counting, organizing, and a lot of your time.

But it doesn’t have to. We’ll get into that a little later.

Restaurant inventory requires tracking your ingredients that are coming and going with every order.

Any plate or cup that is served in and out of your restaurant includes ingredients that will at some point need to be replenished in stock.

Practicing smart inventory management is critical to the success of your restaurant.

And it’s not just about counting onions and ordering more chicken.

Restaurant inventory management also includes recipe costing. Let’s face it, if you don’t know how much of each ingredient you need to make a dish and the price it costs to make that dish, you won’t know how much of each ingredient to order.

Also, have you ever run out of an ingredient and had to tell a customer their favorite side plate of let say scratch-made mashed potatoes is not available because someone forgot to order the right number of potatoes and heavy cream?

I mean hello they came to your restaurant because you make the best mashed potatoes to go along with their steak.

It’s not fun news to deliver.

The bad news – restaurant inventory management can be consuming and a little boring. There is nothing sexy about taking inventory.

Now for the good news – there is a solution to help you take your inventory quickly and easily.

You’re probably asking “how can I make sure I get accurate inventory counts?”

With the help of food cost management technology of course.

“I don’t have the time to take inventory and I don’t have time to mess with technology”.


By utilizing food cost management technology, you get a weekly cost of goods sold and product usage report based on your purchase patterns.

Don’t wait until the end of the month to take inventory.

Check out how easy it is to take inventory with the help of technology!

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Melissa Evans is a Content Marketing Manager for Buyers Edge Platform, Professional Foodie, and Restaurant Advocate.

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