Winning Takeout Strategies

Football season is well underway, but it’s not too late to score additional revenue. Think of it as halftime, the perfect time huddle and storm back onto the field to take the “W”. The takeout trend isn’t showing any signs of slowing down either, so between individual, family, and large group meals to go, opportunity is everywhere.

With labor as tight as it is, everyone is feeling the strain, so patience seems to be yet another product in short supply. If you can support your great food with solid service, you’ve got a winning combination that will keep your fans coming back and likely even earn you some new ones.

Here’s a look at the latest products and ideas that streamline workflows while strengthening your takeout game.

Smart Safety Plays

Create an Insulated Tailgate Pack by loading an insulated Cam GoBox EPP160 or EPP180 with disposable pans of hot meats and sides on the bottom and rolls; napkins; and disposable plates, serving utensils, and cutlery on top. 

The GoBox holds everything in one lightweight and easy-to-carry box, while helping cut down on disposable packaging and protecting food safety. 

Charge a deposit for the GoBox that can be refunded when it’s returned or retained if it’s not.

StaySafe Tamper Evident Labels are an effective tamper prevention solution that is quick and easy. Compatible with clam shell containers, lidded food and beverage containers, aluminum food pans, and pizza boxes, StaySafe labels are made to be applied by staff and removed by customers.

These single-use labels are perforated to break upon opening and reassure customers that their food has not been touched during transit. The StaySafe adhesive sticks to most container surfaces without unsanitary residue, including Cam GoBoxes.

A Clear Path for Cocktails to Go

Beer and football go together like salt and pepper, but according to Drinks International, in 2020, spirits consumption rose by 4.6% while “unflavored” domestic beers dropped by a surprising 4.4% amid an expanding field of players. Perhaps this is a passing trend, but demand for cocktails is at an all-time high, so why not take advantage of it?

Pack up popular cocktails to-go with TableCraft’s new Plastic Beverage Pouches. Each translucent polyethylene pouch opens at the base to stand up for quick and stable filling. Once emptied, they flatten back out for disposal or recycling. Tablecraft also offers a wide selection of biodegradable paper straws with fun designs to add a little extra flair to both cocktails and mocktails.

A Winning Strategy for Organizing Takeout Supplies

Want your takeout operation to run like a well-oiled machine? Organization is the ticket. 

The Camshelving Flex Station keeps takeout supplies organized and close-at-hand in a small footprint that takes full advantage of available vertical space.

The Flex Station gets its name from its ability to be tailored to specific operational needs. Each Flex Station is built on a Camshelving Premium Series frame. From there, combine divider bars, food pans, food boxes, and solid shelf plates to keep delivery bags, to-go packaging, and condiments tidy and within reach.

For additional, easy-access storage for small items such as condiment packets, napkins, straws, and utensils, place organizer bins on a counter or shelf or wall mount to save counter space.

Defense Against Temperature Loss

FWE Heated Holding Shelves keep takeout containers, catering boxes, and bagged meals hot, fresh, and safe. These easy to operate shelving units heat up faster than heated cabinets, reaching 175°F in less than 15 minutes. Open shelves provide quick and easy access while precise and consistent heat from radiant elements within the shelves provides uniform warmth for all food and containers.

The Hatco Flav-R 2-Go Locker System can help you manage third-party delivery and takeout orders by simultaneously holding multiple hot or ambient orders with contactless access that’s quick and secure.

Each locker has a built-in timer to safely hold hot, packaged foods for up to 45 minutes at 150ºF. For ambient holding, heat can be turned off in individual lockers as needed.

Countertop, Built-in, and Floor Mount models are offered in two depths with either one-sided or pass-through access and a wide selection of colors making it easy to customize the system to fit with your existing point of sale area layout and traffic flow. Manual operation comes standard. POS integration capabilities are also available.

Ready to kick-off a more aggressive takeout program? Consider us an extension of your team. Contact us!