I received and email last week from a restaurateur who wasn’t sure if her vendors were imposing a fuel surcharge on deliveries. She said it didn’t appear on any of her invoices.
Not all vendors automatically charge a fuel surcharge and when they do, it usually appears on the monthly statement, rather than the invoice. Most vendors make the customer fill out and sign a credit application and other documents when their accounts are open. This is where the fuel surcharge clause would appear. For the most part only the large vendors like Sysco, Bi Rite,
The entire fuel situation has an effect on everything from produce, to meat, to paper goods. Unfortunately, the cost of fuel and delivery is passed on to the restaurant owner in one form or another. And, the increases somehow have to be passed on to the customer. This is a predicament that nobody likes to deal with. But if it is ignored, your annual profits will decrease as your costs increase without any increase in your prices.
I know one restaurant owner who has not increased their prices in over a year and at the same time somebody down the street has increased prices twice in the same period. The increased price place is busier.
Also, you will notice a price increase primarily on produce and perishables as they have to be delivered more frequently. More deliveries mean higher costs. Don’t hesitate to consider a price increase. If done systematically with a formula across your entire menu your customers will understand that everything is increasing. Although there may be some resistance at first, if your food is good and your service great your customers will understand.