Recipe & Menu Engineering

Creativity and cost control working perfectly together in the kitchen

Use menu engineering to effectively price your menus and plan your portion sizes, margins, costs and purchasing strategy in advance.

Meet Your Challenges

  • Gain total margin control so that setting minimum margins means no surprises.
  • Eliminate supplier overcharge giving a 1-3% margin uplift by ordering from accurate data.
  • Make seasonal menu or supplier changes easily.

With our recipe costing software, now you can focus on every budget detail, while unleashing creativity in the kitchen – helping keep customers coming back. And you can get the best from your chefs and cut out every penny of unnecessary expenditure.

Key Benefits

  • Multi-user environment provides real-time access to all data that can be deployed across the estate.
  • Recipe management delivers accurate cost calculation of recipes, menus and menu cycles.
  • Gain full visibility of your key margin drivers in one place.



Recipe Management

The Problem
Accurate recipe costing depends on reliable data. Seasonal menu, supplier and ingredients changes all hugely affect margins. Re-keying these changes manually in an attempt to report accurately leads to errors and inconsistencies.

Our Solution
Our solution allows accurate cost calculation of recipes and menu cycles to remove all the guesswork around menu engineering analysis and menu pricing. All costs related to product or recipe changes are automatically recalculated. The comprehensive central recipe library can be shared across the estate ensuring consistency. And detailed reporting and smart analytics help deliver cost savings and improved efficiency.

Recipe Engineering Tour



Easily plan menu cycles with full menu cost, nutritional analysis and allergen information.

Menu Cycles

The Problem
For operators who cater on a large scale – such as schools, hospitals, entertainment venues, and nursing homes – quickly and easily planning menu cycles that have the right variety at the right cost point can be a huge challenge – especially when ensuring coverage in terms of allergen and nutritional constraints. Once designed, you need to make sure that menu cycles are quickly available at the right locations, at the right time.

Our Solution
Full and varied menu cycles are easy to plan and build, using a weekly view that shows all the different meal periods for each day and the recipes allocated to each period. Full menu cost, nutritional analysis, and allergen information is available for any given day or week within the cycle. And, once published centrally, menus are instantly available to the right locations at the right times via PCs or tablets, giving you complete control.



Fourth’s Purchase-to-Pay and Inventory solutions are available in four Editions designed to meet the level of control you want, to deliver immediate ROI and provide scale as your business grows.


Recipe & Menu Engineering blog posts for you

Are mandatory calorie counts on the way for UK hospitality businesses?

Written by: Andrew Levey

With the publication of chapter two of the Government's plan to tackle childhood obesity, it appears that mandatory publishing of nutritional information on menus and menu boards are firmly on the agenda. So how could you get ahead of the game and easily publish this information, while still leaving room for innovation?

How to increase your restaurant’s profitability

Written by: Andrew Levey

With increasing pressures from rising food and labour costs and more competition for customers, running your restaurant profitably can be a real challenge. You therefore need to examine ways that you can increase efficiency, increase sales and reduce costs. But where do you start?
Fourth’s recipe & menu engineering solution saves far more than it costs. We could not run our business efficiently without it. I can’t imagine being without it... I would absolutely recommend it to any hospitality business needing accurate, reliable recipe creation and costings.

Christine Parker Catering Compliance Manager


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