Casper’s trick to the success of the Cauldron Café was to treat everyone to a frightfully good menu. It featured ghoul-ash, deviled eggs with a side of monster mashed smothered in graveyard gravy and a killer pumpkin pie for dessert. After the pandemic lockdowns, however, there was only the ghost of a chance that patrons would be goblin’ it up on-premise. 👺

Dinner was now a spooky affair, as foot traffic trickled down to just the masked zombies of the graveyard shift, leaving his dining room full of only cobwebs. 🕸️

Now in the fog-filtered moonlight of autumn, the grim reaper struck again. Casper had known about the skeletons in his chef Wendy’s closet, but never guessed that she’d turn out to be a witch on that frightful night and walk out during service. 🧙🏼‍♀️

He needed to act decisively to keep those blood-sucking creditors at bay, as the specter of defeat was not one he could conjure. 🧛

Luckily, technology came to his rescue. 💻

  • With the addition of ventless cooking, Casper was able to easily expand his cook line to accommodate hosting virtual concepts. 🍳
  • With robotics, he could operate with just a skeleton crew.  🤖
  • Third-party app’s agents appeared like apparitions and expanded his appeal to the WFH crowd. 😱

Casper’s Cauldron Café was transformed into a friendly neighborhood ghost kitchen. 👻

The new menus were all wicked good, including the recently added super-natural foods.  Fright Night was their biggest gross.  🎃

The staff all agreed to attend the Ghost & Ventless Kitchen Forum to scare up more information.  As you well-know, the devil is in the details. 😈

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As costs continue to escalate in the market, manufacturers are seeing increased impacts to products in areas such as components, raw material and freight. Outbound freight is a piece that has been more elusive to understand immediately, as costs are more easily seen on incoming freight with components and raw materials, less so after the fact on outbound freight, in the form of increases combined with surcharges.

As we understand the impact outbound freight costs are truly having, we find it necessary to pass along a portion of the outbound freight escalations beginning November 8th, 2021. Orders in house at each Middleby Division shipping on or after November 8th will have a freight surcharge rate of 4.0% applied to them. This will give you the opportunity to arrange for a different freight means for your orders if you should choose to avoid the 4.0% surcharge. Once orders leave the respective facility, there will be no reversing of the surcharge.

As a reference for the above surcharge, freight has increased 25% – 30% for domestic road rates, not including surcharges, varying by route and distances. These staggering costs are not only seen as direct costs, but additional surcharges added makes it harder to calculate the cost impact until it is rolled up afterwards into the true cost of the product transportation. These total cost impacts to previously determined free freight levels are the reason surcharges are being applied to orders in house.

As we see freight stabilize, we will be able to return to a normal pricing position in the market. We foresee an increase to free freight terms in the new year and feel we will be able to capture current changes in the new freight policies.

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