I agree with Bart, region plays a huge role.
Another factor if you are relying on big suplliers like sysco is that they have price tiers.
They wont usually disclose this to you unless you call them out on it.
So you, as a smaller place, might pay more for something a bigger place across the street is paying for the exact same thing,
They give better prices to establishments who move more of their stuff.
What i do: use a spread sheet and spend a few days getting things like price per slice of bread, per ounce of meats and formulating costs off that. You will have to update it as prices often fluctuate for meats and veggies, but it works.
It takes a lot of busy work, but if you have good help it can get easier.
post edited by hella good tacos - 2014/03/09 06:13:49