When you connect your POS to Restoke, you'll be able to either match or import recipe item cards from your POS system. Some of these items are classified as products (i.e. your default menu item) and others are classified as modifiers or variants.
In this article, we will distinguish when to use the latter so that you can get the most out of your integration, and all the reporting benefits that come from it.
What are products?
As mentioned above, products are your base or default item that you sell without any changes, i.e. a cheeseburger.
Products can be used in conjunction with modifiers or variants which will be outlined below.
What are modifiers?
Modifiers are additions or deductions that you make to your base product when processing a customer's order through your POS.
For example, you have a standard cheese burger menu item and a customer has requested bacon which is an added cost.
Why are modifiers important?
Modifiers allow you to cost out recipes in Restoke at a base and modifier level.
Typically, the individual modifier (bacon) will also also appear as a single item.
Modifiers also allow you to keep track of your inventory. Once you import your modifiers as individual Dish Recipes, then connect them to your Suppliers or Prep Recipes, we'll start using sales data to deduct the indicated portion from your inventory levels.
For tracking purposes, any time a modifier is purchased through your POS, we will deduct the inventory portion of the modifier and the base product. However, if you also sell your modifier as a base product, then that particular item will need to be created as both a modifier and as a standalone POS product (which will then be imported to Restoke).
Please Note: Currently, Restoke only tracks modifiers that add something extra to your base item and cannot track deduction-type modifiers (that deduct a product from your base item).
What are variants?
Where modifiers are used to process add-ons or deductions, variants are used to indicate the varieties your product can come in (i.e. different sizes, flavours etc). A good example of this is coffee, which can be ordered in different sizes that will use the same ingredients but varying portion sizes.
Why are variants important?
Variants are also essential to food costing and inventory reporting.
Each variant is imported to your Dish Recipes as a standalone product (i.e. small coffee, medium coffee, etc.)
Then, when a variant is purchased through your POS, a small coffee will use 150ml's of milk and 100 grams of coffee beans, while a medium will use incrementally more than this.
Please note: At a Dish Recipe level, you will need to enter the correct portions of ingredients for each variant to get accurate recipe costing and inventory tracking.