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Annual sales in Larimer County’s restaurant/food industry exceed $1B, and how well individual companies manage their costs in this highly-competitive business can mean the difference between success and failure. 

If you’re in the restaurant or food product industry, some common questions you may have regarding cost control are:

     • How do you control food portions?

     • What best practices do you follow for managing your inventory?

     • How do you achieve proper staffing during peak and off-peak times?

     • What policies do you recommend for getting the most value from your suppliers?

     • Suggestions for minimizing spoilage?

     • What are the critical metrics that you as an owner/manager track?
The Larimer SBDC is excited to bring together a panel featuring four area food industry specialists, who are willing to share their extensive knowledge with you! Please join us on Wednesday, April 29th for our “Controlling Your Costs in the  Restaurant/Food Industry” panel discussion and networking event. Learn from the pros, enjoy some beverages and light appetizers and connect with your fellow FoCo foodies!
Our featured panelists for this event are:

Mouton –

Henry was the COO/Sustainability Director for 26 years at The Rio GrandeMexican Restaurants, helping them grow to 7 locations. He is currently the
General Manager for Motherlove Herbal Company, a local manufacturer of herbal
organic supplements.

Linda Griego – Linda is the founder of Java Raiz, a new organic food line of coffee-infused California raisins. Java Raiz launched in 2011, and a percent of their profits are contributed to environmental programs.

Scott McCarthy – As Co-owner and Vice President of Hot Corner Concepts, Scott oversees business operations and management for The Moot House, two Austin’s locations, Enzio’s and Big Al’s. He has 27 years restaurant experience.
Robert Poland – Robert is Co-Founder and Vice-President of MouCo Cheesery, a fast-growing Fort Collins manufacturer of soft-ripened cheeses carried by national grocery chains like Whole Foods, and also found in many premium restaurants.
This panel is a free event, but we ask that you pre-register so that we have enough space for everyone. Our last food industry panel was standing room only, so reserve your seat now!

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