As the year comes to an end, new year resolutions and goals are being made. Among these may be plans to become more organized, more successful, more cost-efficient, etc. To help those among you who have these on your resolution list, we've compiled a list of common errors made in the beverage industry that cost you in the short and long term and solutions to these problems.
- Using the wrong size pourer.
- Solution: Know how long your bottles should be lasting you. Even pourers that appear to fit correctly could be costing you a loss of almost a quarter of an ounce each pour. For more information, look here.
- Stocking over-sized glassware
- Solution: Replace those over-sized glasses with standard sized glassware. There is no need, unless you specifically have those special products advertised, to have martini, wine, or even beer glasses larger than 12 to 16 ounces. Your bartenders may feel the need to fill up an 18 oz. martini glass to the brim to keep your customers from thinking you're under-serving, all the while you're only charging for a 12 oz. serving. Though this may sound obvious, you would be surprised how many businesses stock glassware that are larger than standard sizes.
- Even though overly garnished bloody mary's made an appearance in 2016, using large amounts of cherries or olives in your drinks could be costing you nearly $0.15 per extra cherry placed in those drinks. Those little slip-ups add up, especially during those busy happy hour evenings.
- Solution: Keep garnishes and fruit trays away from customers to keep them from snacking on them while your bartenders are busy. Worried the garnish trays will slip off your shelves? We have you covered. Stock up on condiment trays that will keep your essentials in place.
- Not factoring non-alcoholic products into pricing
- Solution: Just as you would for alcoholic ingredients, factor in non-alcoholic ingredients into a drink's pricing. This oversight can cost you almost more per ounce than the alcohol in that mixed drink!
For more tips, check out our Beverage Education Section.
This list was inspired by Aaron Defeo's Nightclub&Bar article.