For restaurants and food service operations, recipe management plays a key role in producing an efficient, consistent and accurate final product over and over again. However, a manual approach to recipe management isn’t suggested. If you want to improve your inventory accuracy and guide the cooking and baking processes with more certainty, you need recipe management software to lead the way.

The Benefits of Recipe Management Software

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With a recipe management solution in place, you can expect a number of significant benefits and advantages that otherwise wouldn’t exist in your organization. Namely, a progressive recipe management solution does the following:

  • Protects confidential information. When recipes are stored in a secured system, the risk of giving away intellectual property or losing trade secrets is much less likely. Even if a device is stolen, or files are found by a third party source, recipes can’t be accessed without multiple levels of clearance.
  • Standardizes processes. The most obvious benefit of using a recipe management solution is that it standardizes processes and makes it much easier to retain consistency across the board – regardless of who is managing or operating the process.
  • Improves inventory accuracy. When a recipe management solution is used, inventory suddenly becomes much more accurate and up-to-date. Not only does this increase supply chain efficiency, but it also ensures that every process is as cost-effective as possible.
  • Ensures compliance. Finally, a recipe management solution means better compliance. With things like continual alerts, allergen management, nutritional analysis, and regulatory analysis, it’s much less likely that an organization is going to misstep.

These are just a handful of the benefits of leveraging a recipe management solution in your organization, but they certainly aren’t the only benefits. The more you understand your business and the various solutions in the marketplace, the better picture you’ll get of just how beneficial a commitment to streamlined recipe management can be.

Four Recipe Management Best Practices

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Recipe management will look different in every organization. The processes that a five-star restaurant follows will be much different than the processes that a fast food chain will follow. Similarly, a frozen food manufacturer’s recipe management will be entirely different from a fresh seafood supplier’s recipe management.

Understanding this, let’s highlight a few best practices that can be applied to just about any organization or supply chain partner in the food industry.

1) Train All Personnel Properly

A recipe management solution is only as good as the individuals implementing and operating it. In order better to manage your investment, it’s imperative that everyone is trained. But don’t just train them to input data and to read off information. They should understand how to input data, logically and coherently, in strategic ways that benefit the company. While an upfront investment in training can be costly, it’ll produce strong returns down the road.

2) Utilize Calculation Tools

One of the biggest advantages to using recipe management software versus simple spreadsheets is that you immediately gain access to a robust set of calculation tools. Unfortunately, many companies shy away from these tools and fail to utilize them properly because they feel as if they’re too difficult to master. This isn’t true.
You should be using as many advanced calculation and analytical tools as possible. This includes “what if” scenarios, mass replace, formulation explosions, and formula optimizers. These powerful calculation tools can fundamentally transform your approach to recipe management.

3) Eliminate Redundancies

Redundancies and duplicate efforts drain resources and result in loss of quality, dangerous errors, and non-compliance risks. In order to maximize the value of your recipe management solution, you should focus on increasing visibility. There are a number of unique ways to do this – depending on the solution you use and the processes that your company is involved in – so identify them early on in the adoption process.

4) Double-Check All Inputs

When inputting ingredients, products, and processes into the system, it’s always suggested that you double-check everything. A single error can result in major issues. For example, inputting “Salman” instead of “Salmon” can make it difficult to find the right ingredients for a recipe. It may not result in the wrong end product, but it’ll waste valuable time.


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