What does soft serv premix cost?
A favorite roadside ice cream stand lowered the quality of their soft serv last season. It was still better than most, but no longer "superior". I understand that here in New England, Hood premium soft serv mix is the gold standard. Last season I wondered if Hood had lowered their quality, but several other places advertise that they use the Hood mix, and they are as good as ever.
Now this season, the once favorite place has lowered the quality of their soft serv even more. They are also using a lower quality hot fudge.
How much are they saving per serving? Even the cheap mix costs something. The portions are smaller too.
This is a place that on a summer evening had 5 or 6 girls working full blast, who still couldn't keep up with the line. If they loose 50% in volume, what is it worth? They are very reasonably priced, and IMO, could have raised prices. I note that this year they are still looking for help too. In the past, this was a job that girls got in high school and kept right through college. The one time that I was there this season, it was all new help, except for the same manager. Maybe they have lowered pay too?
Maybe a roadfood owner can offer some insight?