How much inventory is wasted?

Aug 16, 2007
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Hi everyone,

I''m putting together a business plan for a limited service coffee shop that will sell coffee drinks, fresh sandwiches and snacks. I wanted to know how much food and beverage inventory is wasted on a weekly basis? Is there a standard percentage or does this fluctuate? I''d appreciate any help on this, thanks.

John P

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Jan 5, 2007
Salt Lake City
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Actual will have a wide range based on how wasteful you are. Our actual is about 5-7%, but I always figure 15% as a safe number to account for waste, mistakes, and employee theft (having drinks without accounting for them).