PUNCH TAVERNS has joined forces with web-based costing software firm CaterCost to provide ‘cloud’ technology to its tenants with the aim of helping them increase food profits.
The system, which was designed for the pubco, will allow tenants to build their menus from a costed core menu of “pub classics” with regular updates scheduled for seasonal menu variations and price fluctuations.
CaterCost’s system is also said to have the capacity to allow Punch operators to add in their own data on suppliers and recipes, which the pubco said will allow tenants to price local produce and signature dishes. A nutritional guide will also be available on the system to help publicans build dishes from scratch.
Alan Todd, head of catering development at Punch Taverns, said the software is designed to help tenants save time and money whilst developing their food business.
“With food sales driving wet trade for many of our partners, this is an area we recognise tenants need extra support – particularly in their crucial first year,” he said.
“With an estimated 750,000 meals a week being served by Punch partners – an uplift in profitability of just 5p could put nearly £2,000,000 a year in the pockets of our hard working tenants and lessees.
“So far, the system has been well-received.”