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A “Stop Food Waste Day” Special: Curbing Food Waste with PAR Data Central

Published on April 24, 2024
By PAR Team

As we celebrate “Stop Food Waste Day 2024”, restaurant brands across the nation are actively seeking innovative ways to reduce waste across their operations. Food waste stands out as one of the most significant challenges in the restaurant industry, presenting operators with a crucial obstacle to overcome. Per a Move For Hunger report, restaurant brands in the United States alone generate roughly 22 to 33 billion pounds of food waste each year.

22 to 33B

pounds of
waste each year

Although food waste seemingly comes with the territory of operating a successful enterprise restaurant, owners and operators can leverage tried and true technology like back-office management solutions to mitigate its negative effects. In fact, reports indicate every dollar spent on these solutions achieves approximately 8 dollars in cost savings.

$1 spent on back-office solutions = $8 in cost savings

Back-office management solutions like PAR Data Central are essential to combating and limiting food waste at your restaurant. PAR Data Central is a maintenance-free back-office management solution that provides restaurant brands with essential capabilities – like food and inventory management, forecasting, and enterprise reporting – needed for curbing this challenge. By leveraging PAR Data Central, restaurant brands can produce fresher, safer, and faster food as well as create higher-margin food experiences with less waste.

Here is how PAR Data Central can help your restaurant brand support this year’s “Stop Food Waste Day”:

Leverage Inventory Insights

Having a comprehensive view of inventory is crucial to reducing food waste. PAR Data Central provides restaurant brands with user-friendly inventory management tools accessible on any device that help operators ensure accuracy, save time, increase profit margins, and combat food waste. With PAR Data Central’s inventory management tools, restaurant brands can track stock levels from the instant it is delivered to the restaurant through preparation. By tracking inventory levels from delivery through preparation, operators can truly understand what they have left, what is needed, and when new inventory stock is required.

Actionable Enterprise Reporting

Curbing food waste in your restaurant this “Stop Food Waste Day” also requires having access to reports that provide insights on inventory and resolutions to potential problems. PAR Data Central harmonizes complex datasets like inventory, supply chain, POS sales, and more to provide owners and operators with a comprehensive view of inventory. This ultimately provides restaurants with better visibility across their operations, deeper insights, and smarter planning. Operators can leverage these reports as well as PAR Data Central’s Food Prep Sheets to understand how much stock is required each day, ultimately preventing over-prepping. PAR Data Central’s comprehensive reports on inventory, preparation, and delivery provide restaurants with the insights needed to improve operations, drive efficiencies, and effectively manage food waste.

Drive Consistency with Forecasting, Predictive Ordering, and Recipe Management

Another essential PAR Data Central feature that empowers restaurant brands to curb food waste is its forecasting capabilities. PAR Data Central’s forecasting capabilities ensure restaurant brands never have to worry about over-ordering stock. Operators can order the perfect amount of inventory for every delivery in coordination with historical consumption, sales forecasts, vendor delivery schedules, thaw and prep times, and ingredient-level tracking. This capability automatically determines inventory needs, suggests adjustments, and integrates with vendors to fulfill all orders. Additionally, as menu items are prepared and sold to customers, inventory levels automatically adjust in coordination with the ingredients used from the chosen menu item. This ensures that forecasted inventory levels are accurate at all times and saves operators valuable time and money.

Reducing food waste is crucial for the success of your restaurant, and leveraging back-office solutions like PAR Data Central can make a significant difference. This “Stop Food Waste Day”, take proactive measures to minimize waste with PAR Data Central. By harnessing its powerful capabilities, your restaurant brand can operate prosperously while handling food waste with the utmost importance.

Interested in learning more about how PAR Data Central can help your restaurant minimize food waste? Visit us at PAR Data Central or Request a Demo!
Tiffany Disher, General Manager, MENU North America

Tiffany Disher

General Manager, MENU North America

Tiffany Disher, General Manager, MENU North America, an omni-channel ordering solution to futureproof restaurant’s growing digital sales needs. Before taking on this new role in January 2023, she was an integral part of Punchh’s growth story. She has advised hundreds of customers over the past eight years on their loyalty strategies both from a base program standpoint as well as ongoing marketing strategies. Before Punchh, Tiffany worked for Schlotzsky’s where she supported the brand marketing team by leading loyalty, eClub, R&D, Franchise advisory council and marketing analytics. Tiffany has her Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from University of Oregon and Master’s in Business with a specialty in Marketing from Baylor University. An avid golfer, hiker and mom of two small children, Tiffany spends her limited free time entering into baking competitions.