Updating Ingredient Prices and Ingredient Lists Across Recipes

Posted on January 28, 2015 by

One of the most important parts of running a food business is having a rock-solid handle on your costs. And from a customer perspective, they want to know what's in your product - namely, the ingredient list.

We've made quite a few updates to these aspects of ReciPal recently, which we'll write more about in the coming weeks. Here's just one that makes updating costs and ingredient lists a bit simpler.

Sometimes Things Change

Every once in a while you might have to update your recipe's ingredient list or ingredient costs and refresh your food labels and unit costs. It hopefully doesn't happen too often, but you might change suppliers, an ingredient formulation might change slightly, a supplier might change your prices, and of course prices may just change over time.

If that happened across many of your ingredients at once it may be frustrating to have to find each one in a recipe that it's in and make those changes. Fortunately, when you make a change to an ingredient in one recipe it will automatically flow through to all the other recipes that it's in. That's been in place since day one for our recipe cost calculator and ingredient list.

All Ingredients View

However, now you can view all your ingredients in one place and update their costs and ingredient lists. If you're on the Ingredient List or Costing page of any recipe there will be a link to "Edit Lists/Costs From All Recipes Together". There you'll see the same inputs, but for all your ingredients rather than a single recipe. You can sort by name or cost and also search for ingredients to filter the ingredients.

Recipe Costing Calculator

Costing page with all ingredients. Sort, search, and update.

Use Cases

We think this will save lots of time for users with more than just a few recipes and also see all their ingredient lists and costs in one place. That can help narrow down where to focus on finding better priced ingredient suppliers and give you a better sense of your ingredient mix. It can also help identify inconsistencies across recipes that should use the same ingredients.

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How you use this tool is really up to you creative folks. We're just trying to create tools to enable you to run your food business better.

About Lev Berlin

Lev Berlin ReciPal SlantShack Author Bio

Lev Berlin is the founder & CEO of ReciPal. Having previously been a founder of SlantShack Jerky, he needed nutrition labels and simple tools to start and run the business. He's read the FDA food labeling code countless times in the process of creating ReciPal and helping small food businesses with their labels. He's reviewed and created thousands of food labels, and been a mentor and guest speaker at food incubators, food business courses, and regulatory conferences, like Brooklyn Foodworks and ICE.

After graduating from Princeton with an engineering degree, Lev was a management consultant, then founder or early employee at half a dozen startups. He loves nothing more than helping other small businesses get off the ground and achieve their goals.

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