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Catering before the abyss

The catering industry has always faced a variety of challenges, but in recent years two problems have become particularly acute: Staff shortages and skyrocketing costs. These challenges have become a serious burden for restaurant owners and operators, affecting both the quality of service and the profitability of operations.

Staff shortages: a growing crisis

One major problem that many restaurants are currently experiencing is the lack of qualified labour. This affects all areas of the business, from chefs and service staff to kitchen assistants and cleaners. There are many reasons for the staff shortage. One cause is demographic change, which is leading to a decline in the available labour force in certain age groups. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many people leaving the catering industry, whether for health or financial reasons.

The lack of staff poses enormous challenges for restaurants. Many businesses are forced to reduce their opening hours or even close for entire days as they do not have enough staff to keep operations running. This can not only lead to a loss of sales, but also affect the customer experience and damage the restaurant's reputation in the long term.

Exploding costs: a financial burden

In addition to staff shortages, restaurants are facing an increase in operating costs. This particularly affects the cost of food and beverages, rent, energy and insurance. The rise in food and drink prices is caused by a variety of factors, including climate events, transport costs and trade restrictions.

Increased rental costs often result from the rising demand for commercial property in urban areas. Furthermore, energy and insurance costs have also risen, further increasing the financial burden on restaurant operators.

To keep up with rising costs, many restaurants are forced to increase their prices, which in turn increases the customer load and can affect competitiveness. For some businesses, this can lead to a vicious circle where higher prices lead to fewer customers, which in turn leads to a drop in sales.

Solutions and hope for the future

Despite these challenges, there is hope for the catering industry. Many restaurants are looking for creative solutions to address staff shortages, such as flexible working hours, improved compensation and benefits packages and increased recruitment efforts. In addition, some businesses are increasingly turning to technology to operate more efficiently and compensate for labour shortages.

To keep costs in check, many restaurants are turning to sustainable practices such as reducing food waste, optimising energy consumption and finding cheaper suppliers. In addition, many businesses are hoping that economic conditions will improve in the future and bring relief in terms of operating costs.

Overall, the restaurant industry is facing major challenges, but with a spirit of innovation, collaboration and adaptability, it can overcome them and emerge stronger from the crisis.


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