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Should Your Restaurant Chain Add a Drive-Thru Window?

When consumers are in a rush and looking for something to eat quickly on-the-go, their options are limited. If only their favorite restaurant had a drive-thru window… all of that hunger could be quickly satisfied.

If you’re looking for ways to upgrade your restaurant and increase your bottom line, consider adding a drive-thru window. Maybe this has been a long-awaited goal of yours and you just need that extra push.

More and more restaurant chains are adding drive-thru’s models to their operations. Schlotzsky’s and Tim Horton’s have both hopped on the drive-thru trend and debuted new location designs.

Our restaurant experts at Consolidated Concepts say it’s time to invest in another profitable revenue stream.

Here are four benefits to adding a drive-thru window to each of your restaurant locations:

Supports Off-Premise Dining

Not everybody has the time to sit down and enjoy a meal at a restaurant. Sometimes they’re just looking for a quick bite during their lunch break, while traveling, or running a handful of errands. Whatever the reasoning may be, adding a drive-thru window to your restaurant chain will not only benefit the consumer but you the operator as well.

Off-premise dining is slowly making its debut again, especially with the cold weather ahead. Consumers aren’t always going to want to leave their house or dine-in. Sometimes it’s just easier to sit in your car and head through the drive-thru.

Less Contact for Those Worried about COVID

With cases on the rise once again, there may be consumers who are hesitant to dine-in at their favorite establishments. They may be immunocompromised, caring for an elderly, or just being extra cautious. Having the option of going to a drive-thru to enjoy a delicious meal from their desired restaurant will give them one less thing to worry about. This will even help boost brand awareness and loyalty.

Increases Your Bottom Line

Drive-thru sales are booming. There’s no doubt that adding a drive-thru window to your restaurant establishment is a worthy investment. The pandemic has helped increase the popularity of drive-thrus’, but even before COVID, these windows have always been revenue boosting machines.

When you have a drive-thru window, you can take more orders at once, which means profits are always coming in. This doesn’t mean you won’t have consumers who dine-in, it just means you’ll now have a wave of both, which is beneficial for you.

Training Your Staff & Properly Packing Your Meals

One key point to mention, if you are considering adding a drive-thru window to your restaurant chain, is to be sure to create a strategy and identify the best way to incorporate the new design into your operation without taking away from what you already have. According to QSR Magazine’s Drive-Thru Study, 89% of survey-takers say that order “accuracy” was “somewhat” or “most” important with their experience. Followed up by “speed” at 88%.

Consumers are looking for something quick and easy, whether they’re eating their meal in the car or taking it back home with them, their food should be served fast and stored properly to eat on-the-go.

While we all know that mistakes can happen, as stated above, accuracy is what’s most important to consumers when utilizing the drive-thru window. This is why it’s crucial to train your staff to ensure their efforts are both efficient and effective.

Don’t forget, you need to make sure you have enough staff to cover each station because your drive-thru will be busy and may get hectic at times.

In addition to staffing efforts, you want to make sure meals are properly packaged in a way that makes it easy for the consumer to enjoy their food without making a huge mess. Whether this means extra napkins, cutlery, or containers that will keep their food fresh, warm, and well-put together – going above and beyond in your packaging will make consumers want to buy from your establishment again.

Join Consolidated Concepts

Fortunately, for Consolidated Concepts members, we help with everything you’ll need to make sure your drive-thru window is well-equipped to increase your bottom line and bring repeat customers.

Become a member today to help steer your drive-thru window to success!

Freshly Picked, August 1, 2022

Alerts & What’s Trending

Produce

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Mexico continues to try to control the volume of avocado as they continue to have competition with Peru and Columbia. The lemon market is stronger on fancy but steady on choice grade.

Grains

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Canadas weather has been ideal for Canola, moving seed and oil prices lower.

Dairy

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Food service demand for eggs continues higher while retail demand remains flat. Milk production has been low. Both cheese markets have been lower.

Beef

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There are certain grades that continue to be very difficult to find including PRIME and CAB PRIME. Firm demand and pricing are coming from strips. There is ample supply in tenders causing the price to push down. End cuts like chuck, flats and eyes continue to attract interest from retail as they look for lower price cuts. 

Pork

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Fall ham bookings have increased and are seeing demand. Demand for bellies and bacon remains very strong. Supply has increased for ribs, continuing their downwards trend. Demand has tapered off for butts.

Poultry

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The market for random breasts has dropped this week. There is tight availability and high prices on tenders. Wings are approaching a 10 year low with an ample supply. Wings of all sizes are readily available. Overall poultry market is good and excess supply has hit the market.

Seafood

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Landing are heavy for domestic shrimps. Domestic brown shrimp is in season with forecasts calling for a good harvest. Customers have looked for an alternative white fish from cod causing sales to slow. There are opportunities for growth in the frozen tuna market.

Freshly Picked, July 25, 2022

Alerts & What’s Trending

Produce

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Overall markets have remained relatively steady with the increased demand. Markets are expected to see an increase in the coming weeks due to increased demand as families finish last-minute vacations. The avocado market continues to show signs of adjustments due to higher availability of fruit in the market. Chile and bell pepper markets remain active. Supplies are light, especially green bell peppers.

Grains

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Corn, soybeans and wheat moved lower last week. Growing weather for canola is ideal, softening the market.

Dairy

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Cheese markets have been lower with decreased demand and strong production. Weak foodservice demand has brought butter down. Both food service and retail demand has driven eggs up.

Beef

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Prime continues to be hard to find. Packers seem to be hesitant of long-term commitments. Ribs and tenders are steady. Strips continue to have a strong demand.

Pork

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Strong inventories have moved ribs down. Retail is driving loins up. Supply on butts is tight and may push the market up due to strong retail sales.

Poultry

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The random breast market has dropped with excess demand. Tender available is very tight with high prices. Wings are approaching a 10 year low and readily available. Overall, excess supply has hit the market.

Seafood

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Domestic brown shrimp season has kicked off. Catches are heavy all around for shrimp.

Freshly Picked, July 18, 2022

Alerts & What’s Trending

Produce

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Overall demand is expected to increase over the next few weeks. There has been a lot of heat in the southeast that could bring crops early or damage them. . There is improving volume on mid-sized to small limes. Larger sizes will continue to be short. Favorable weather conditions throughout the growing regions have fueled increased supplies for many commodities helping markets remain steady as we see increased summer demand. Harvest crews continue to wok product in the fields to mitigate quality issues.

Grains

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Corn, soybeans and wheat are moving lower.  Palm oil moved lower as Indonesian exports continue to increase. Soybean stocks were reported as being higher since the weather has been favorable for good soybeans.

Dairy

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Egg demand is strong from food service and retail. A lack of demand for butter has driven markets down. Exports ae strong for cheese.

Beef

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Chucks are tight in supply. Retail and grinders are still looking for value cuts. Strips and tenders are in very tight supply. Packers and sellers are still trying to set expectations for future markets.

Pork

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Exports on hams are up. There are strong inventory levels for ribs has demand has let up. The market could be pushed up due to the tight supply of boneless butts.

Poultry

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Labor shortages have created a tight supply for portion-controlled breasts. Excess supply of random breasts has caused the market to drop. Tenders are running very tight with high prices. Prices are down for wings of all sizes this week.

Seafood

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Importers have brought in excess White and Tiger shrimp. The Spring Lobster Pack season has started for Maine and will last through November. The 2022 wild Sockeye salmon harvest is off to a strong start. Domestic brown shrimp season will kick off this week.  

Revamp Your Restaurant with These Savings Programs this Summer

It’s officially summer which means diners are starting to crowd restaurants again. Is your operation prepared to take on the rush?

At Consolidated Concepts, we offer savings programs that will help you revamp your restaurant with infinite solutions!

Need to liven up the atmosphere with a new paint job? Replace those light fixtures you’ve been putting off for years? We’ve got you covered.

Any HVAC and plumbing needs? Fountain maintenance? Cleaning supplies? Our programs are secured to help you fix, replace, and/or maintain all of your operational needs from A to Z.

Savings on ACE Hardware Products and Solutions

Did you know that Consolidated Concepts members get a 10% discount on products and solutions from ACE Hardware? That means you could be saving with top national brands on paint and supplies, lighting and electrical, hand and power towels, outdoor equipment and supplies, janitorial and sanitation, plumbing and HVAC, hardware, and much more!

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Solutions on Water Management and Supplies

If your operation has an outdoor pool or fountain, you’re in luck. Consolidated Concepts partners with Leslie’s Pool to give you exclusive savings on water management and maintenance. You get access to discounts on pool and spa chemicals, equipment, cleaning and maintenance solutions, and more, to ensure your water management needs are secured.

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Save on HVAC Systems with Carrier

Nobody wants to be sitting in their own sweat while enjoying a delicious bite at your restaurant this summer. Your HVAC system needs to be running efficiently so that your operation is properly climate controlled and at a suitable temperature for your diners. We’ve partnered with Carrier, the experts in HVAC, to give you exclusive savings and benefits on air conditioning, heating, and building controls. Satisfy your guests by setting the standard for performance, sustainability, and energy efficiency.

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Join Consolidated Concepts Today!

Whether it’s fixing the light fixture you’ve been putting off or maintaining your HVAC, at Consolidated Concepts, we offer our members exclusive savings and solutions to help revamp your operation to ensure boosted profits and repeat customers.

Join today!

Freshly Picked, July 11, 2022

Alerts & What’s Trending

Produce

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Overall demand is expected to increase over the next few weeks. There has been a lot of heat in the southeast that could bring crops early or damage them. . There is improving volume on mid-sized to small limes. Larger sizes will continue to be short. Favorable weather conditions throughout the growing regions have fueled increased supplies for many commodities helping markets remain steady as we see increased summer demand. Harvest crews continue to wok product in the fields to mitigate quality issues.

Grains

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Palm oil moved lower as Indonesian exports continue to increase. Soybean stocks were reported as being higher since the weather has been favorable for good soybeans.

Dairy

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Food service demand and good retail has pushed eggs higher. Good cream demand pushed the butter market higher this week. Cheese market rebounded this week due to increased exports.

Beef

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Market price correction are expected to begin. Ribs, strips and tenders will remain steady or be slightly higher due to limited availability.

Pork

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Ribs have a slight decrease as the summer buying season has slowed. Loins are moving up this week while boneless butts are strong. Butts did see a dip but should rebound.

Poultry

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There are excess medium wings available. Tenders are on a very tight supply. Jumbo wing pricing has been mostly steady. Extremely hot weather could change the favorable buying dynamics. 2.5% of the turkey population has been lost due to the Avian Flu.

Seafood

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Catches on peeling shrimp continue to be good.  Scallop season has begun, but has been much slower than normal. The sizing of  is consistent with this past year, where majority are 10/20’s, or smaller. Canadian processing companies have stopped snow crab lines due to the strong decline in the market. They are dedicated to stabilizing the market and attempting to turn things around.

Customer Perception is Everything – Invest in Tork Hygiene Solutions

According to Tork, 60% of consumers have higher expectations on restaurant hygiene due to Covid-19. Hopefully by now your operation has implemented a new cleaning process and invested in the right sanitation solutions to support the increased awareness your customers have when it comes to how clean a restaurant is – or is not.

Your guests want to see that you have taken the necessary steps to ensure their cleanliness. It builds trust and lets them know you care about their health and well-being. This can include staffing a full-time employee whose soul purpose is to clean the front-of-house at all seconds of the day or replacing all your high contact appliances and tools with solutions to ensure a more sanitary dining experience.

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Tork Matic® Hand Towel Roll Dispenser with Intuition Sensor

You can make changes in every area of your restaurant – including the bathroom. Take hand towels vs. air dryers for instance. Tork reports that 70% of visitors wish more facilities offered paper hand towels as an alternative to air dryers. Why? Because jet air dryers can spread up to 10x more germs. Another reason customers prefer hand towels is that over half of consumers say they stop drying their hands before they are completely dry because air dryers take too long to dry their hands.

When you’re ready to swap out your restroom air dryers for hand towel dispensers, Tork has made the process easy by creating the Tork Matic® Hand Towel Roll Dispenser with Intuition Sensor. With a one-at-a-time automated dispenser, less hand towels will be used meaning less waste, clutter and best of all – cost.

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Tork Xpressnap & Tork Xpressnap Fit Dispensers

Embrace new front-of-house technology solutions to provide a more contactless dining experience. How many of us have gone to our favorite fast-food restaurant or ordered to-go, saw the napkin holder, and thought “let me just grab a few extra”. Then you grab a bunch of napkins, and some fall out of your hands and boom – now you have touched someone else’s napkins. This is not very sanitary.

Whether napkins are needed for your drive thru, dining room, or carry out windows, customers sometimes take more – and touch more – then they actually need. Tork has created solutions to help prevent customers from touching too many napkins at once with the Tork Xpressnap Dispensers. With one-at-a-time dispensing, guests always have a fresh napkin because they only touch the napkins they use. This controls waste with 50% less leftover napkins lying around giving a better guest experience and promoting hygiene.

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When it comes to choosing the right sanitary and hygiene solutions, Tork has products to help you improve every area of your operation. As a Consolidated Concepts member, you get access to exclusive savings on Tork solutions you need to make your operation a safer and cleaner environment.

Freshly Picked, July 4, 2022

Alerts & What’s Trending

Produce

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There has been a lot of heat in the southeast that could bring crops early or damage them. . There is improving volume on mid-sized to small limes. Larger sizes will continue to be short. Favorable weather conditions throughout the growing regions have fueled increased supplies for many commodities helping markets remain steady as we see increased summer demand. Harvest crews continue to wok product in the fields to mitigate quality issues.

Grains

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Soybean oil futures fell . Canola prices started to move lower, too, falling in step with soybean and palm oils. Gains had a mostly down week with corn and wheat. Volatility on these items will persist. The soybean export season will get underway soon. Soybean oil traded higher last week but finished down sharply. Weather has improved in Canada for Canola, but no real pricing action has taken place.

Dairy

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Concerns about demand drove the butter and cheese markets weaker. Shell Egg markets continue to climb with good demand and less production. Cream and Culture pricing is increasing for July. The butter market was slightly weaker this week, but buying is aggressive.

Beef

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Packers are doing the best they can to increase their margins. Ribs continue to remain steady. Loins remain strong and tight in supply. Tenderloin supply continues to keep trades active to keep them moving. Ends are steady.

Pork

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The butt market continues to move up. Ribs are coming down next week, as most of the ribs sold were pre-booked. Loins are coming off a weak week and now trending higher. Bellies have softened up going into this week.

Poultry

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As of now product availability is good but  could change with extreme hot weather and a shortened July 4 production week. Wings pricing has been steady . Medium and small wings were down. Availability on tenders is very tight with high prices. The random breast market price drop has stabilized.

Seafood

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Scallop season has begun, but has been much slower than normal. The sizing of  is consistent with this past year, where majority are 10/20’s, or smaller. Canadian processing companies have stopped snow crab lines due to the strong decline in the market. They are dedicated to stabilizing the market and attempting to turn things around.

Freshly Picked, June 27, 2022

Alerts & What’s Trending

Produce

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There has been a lot of heat in the southeast that could bring crops early or damage them. . There is improving volume on mid-sized to small limes. Larger sizes will continue to be short. Favorable weather conditions throughout the growing regions have fueled increased supplies for many commodities helping markets remain steady as we see increased summer demand. Harvest crews continue to wok product in the fields to mitigate quality issues.

Grains

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Gains had a mostly down week with corn and wheat. Volatility on these items will persist. The soybean export season will get underway soon. Soybean oil traded higher last week but finished down sharply. Weather has improved in Canada for Canola, but no real pricing action has taken place.

Dairy

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Block and barrel markets dropped this week. Butter prices are down slightly but cream remains tight. Prices on eggs continue to increase. Production will be stressed as the weather starts to turn warmer for most of the country.

Beef

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Packers are trying to hold steady pricing for as long as possible. Chucks and rounds continue to trade steady. Tenderloin supply is outpacing sales. Packers hope to slow the drop in trade in the nearby month. Ribs continue steady. Ribs are steady.

Pork

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Bellies are going up for next week. Loins have slipped as retail has backed off. Pork butts continue to move up as demand has steadily increased

Poultry

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The random breast market is high, but prices are starting to drop. Tenders’ availability is very tight with high prices. We are starting to see additional product availability as bird weights have improved and demand has softened.

Seafood

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Canadian processing companies have stopped snow crab lines due to the strong decline in the market. They are dedicated to stabilizing the market and attempting to turn things around.

Freshly Picked, June 20, 2022

Alerts & What’s Trending

Produce

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There is improving volume on mid-sized to small limes. Larger sizes will continue to be short. Favorable weather conditions throughout the growing regions have fueled increased supplies for many commodities helping markets remain steady as we see increased summer demand. Harvest crews continue to wok product in the fields to mitigate quality issues.

Grains

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Gains had a mostly down week with corn and wheat. Volatility on these items will persist. The soybean export season will get underway soon. Soybean oil traded higher last week but finished down sharply. Weather has improved in Canada for Canola, but no real pricing action has taken place.

Dairy

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Spot Cheese prices were mixed but well supported at the end of last week. Butter prices continue to climb up due to tighter cream suppliers. Egg market increased this week with good demand.

Beef

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Packers are trying to hold steady pricing for as long as possible. Chucks and rounds continue to trade steady. Tender supply is out pacing demand while strips show strength but could tail off in the upcoming weeks. Ribs are steady.

Pork

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Hams are starting to decline while pork trimmings continue to increase. Back ribs continue to trend down for the week while loins have started to show some strength but remain relatively flat. Butts continued their upward momentum.

Poultry

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Chicken breast prices are at a historic high. Production levels have not recovered from the pandemic and Avian Flu. The short production cycle will allow chicken to adjust quickly while seasonality shows that lower prices will most likely occur this month.  Avian Flu has had its worst outbreak since 2015. Turkey supply is extremely constrained across the market.

Seafood

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Seafood import prices are due shortly. The US ban on Russian imports will shift our demand to Canada. There has been a strong decline in the snow crab market. Canadian processing companies have stopped producing snow crab clusters. Domestic white shrimp season kicked off in Louisianna.