Golden Rule of the Kitchen = First In First Out (FIFO)

Packaged with “Best By Dates” (Panini, Sandwiches, Salads, Snacks, Yummy):

  1. Rotate stock according to FIFO. Train your team to do this for every fridge, display or shelf in your shop, for every product you have. 
  2. Use common sense. Share Good Foods uses “Best By” dates so that our customers can choose how to manage their inventory. 

Packaged with “Julian Dates” (Sammies, Treats, Breads):

1. Create an internal system for rotation. 

Ideas - Use Day Dots for your own Best By date system.  - Buy on Amazon -

Dated for use by May 5th with sharpie.

Dated for use by May 5th with sharpie.

Use a Sharpie to “date” the product (See photo to right)

Train your team to rotate FIFO

2. All Share Good Foods packaged items with Julian Dates can be frozen. This will maximize your shelf life and always ensure you have a great selection for your guests. We always recommend an over-night refrigerated thaw for perishable items. Counter thaw is fine for bakery products. 

Unpackaged (Muffins, Scones, Pastries):

1. Create an internal system for rotation.

Ideas - Mark the incoming order boxes with the date received.

“Use First” stickers can go on your previous order’s box so staff can easily manage the FIFO principal.

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2. Organize your display to ensure that the “older” items are sold first. 

For example, if you have long trays in a glass case, load new items in the front (customer side) so that the older products are always in closer reach of your staff and pulled first to sell. 

Tips for Merchandising and Minimizing Loss:

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1. Highlight the display of items that approaching their shelf life. The closer to your POS the better. 

2. Run a special to entice customers to purchase. For example “Panini, Iced Coffee and Cookie  Lunch Special”. Specials will promote your offerings and prevent loss.

3. Sample to win new customers. Everyone loves free. Be sure your team can promote the items well. 

4. Remember, your team is your sales force. Train them to be natural and promote their favorites.

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