The retail food landscape is continually evolving. Consumers have grown accustom to Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food. Today you can find Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food within every sector of the restaurant industry including Quick Service, Limited Service and Full Service. Most important virtually all restaurants offer their food via Take-Out, Delivery, Drive Thru, or Take-Away.
Convenience Stores, Grocery Stores and Chain Drug Stores all have taken notice of the success that restaurants are having with fresh meals for Take-Out. Concurrently Chain Drug Stores, Grocery Stores and Convenience Stores have developed and continue developing “restaurant quality” ready-2-eat and heat-N-eat fresh prepared meals and meal components. In most cases these are “new” offerings for these companies are creating new avenues of distribution for ready-2-eat and heat-N-eat fresh prepared food.
Many legacy restaurant chains have utilized discounting to try to stem the tide of customer migration. This is simply put a bad idea. My friend Jeffrey Summers analyzed the numbers on discounting and here is what he found:
If your regular gross margins are 30% and you…
…give a discount of 5% you have to increase top line sales by 14% to generate the same gross profit.
…give a discount of 10% you have to increase top line sales by 35% to generate the same gross profit.
…give a discount of 15% you have to increase top line sales by 70% to generate the same gross profit.
…give a discount of 20% you have to increase top line sales by 140% to generate the same gross profit.
…give a discount of 25% you have to increase top line sales by 360% to generate the same gross profit.
Either creating Limited Time Offers or new menu items as an entity with identity is a much better way to go. Restaurants need to expand branded retail items in-order to maintain consumer relevance. New points of distribution have empowered choice for consumers. A brand is an invitation. Is your brand compelling?
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