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post #1 of 3
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Hi All,

 

I am a relatively new cookie business.  I am trying to cut down on my food costs.  I am thinking of switching from Plugra butter ($100 for 36 lbs.) to another brand ($66 for 30 lbs.) Both unsalted.  Do you think anyone will be able to tell the difference.  I'd rather get a less expensive butter than switch out my Callebaut chocolate chips.  

 

Also, I use Valhrona cocoa.  Frightfully expensive.  Thoughts on a comparable brand; i.e., Bendsdorp(sp), Cargill, Callebaut, etc.    I would appreciate any and all input.  Thanks so much.

post #2 of 3

Never heard of that brand of butter - and it doesn't really matter.

It also doesn't matter if either you or some of your customers can tell if there is a difference.

 

Before switching out any ingredient answer the following:

 

Are you pricing your product correctly?

Is your product selling and what is your desired place to be in the market?

Where does your product actually fit into that market - upscale, economy?

(basically compare what your business plan is and where you actually are)

 

I've know several places that used very high-end ingredients but they were still labeled as 'economy' places because of other issues. 

 

Put the horse before the cart!

 

Food costs are very seldom the 'culprit' for not making a profit.  The usual culprit is management or poor business plan.

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post #3 of 3

Perhaps you could get some people to taste test your products using the new ingredient before you commit to buying a load of it and potentially finding out it doesn't taset as nice.

 

Give a few away free and ask for feedback?

 

Goldi

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