Cooking Oil A Top Expense Saver? 

Much like the cost of condiments, cooking oil expenses can add up if not monitored closely. Every unused drop of oil is a direct hit to your bottom line.  Operators can’t afford to let valuable product go to waste. ​​ When taking a closer look at managing this asset, you may discover additional costs not typical of every condiment.  The potential for savings comes down to the how and when you purchase it.  

Bulk Oil vs the "JIB" Approach

Commonly referred to as JIB (jug-in-box), boxed oil can be purchased directly from your food distributor.  Another common option is a bulk oil solution, combining fresh oil delivery and used oil collection into one vendor or system.  Though a bulk oil program has its advantages, there are distinct benefits to keeping the two separate -  controlling inventory and food costs among them. Below we provide a high-level comparison of two distinct solutions, outlining storage, use and quality of fresh oil.      

Oil System Comparison:

Bulk Oil


2 Containers to manage

1 Container to manage

Both existing and new oil stored in same container

Boxed oil packaged separately and used according to expiration date

Avg. shelf life 3 months

Avg. shelf life 6 months

Oil exposed to air at multiple transfer points

Oil sealed in increments, fraction of oil opened at a time

Monthly service or maintenance fees

No monthly service fees

Minimal control over oil type, amount and delivery

Full control over oil management

Leaves residual oil to waste*

Uses every last drop of new oil

*Often fresh cooking oil is "topped" off to reach capacity of the bulk oil tank.  Operator’s may find they have up to three weeks of inventory on hand at one time.  This can add up week-over-week, adversely impacting food cost percentage.

Flexibility is key.

Above all benefits, a solution that flexes with your business is key to helping YOU manage profit margins.  In today's changing climate, your supplier should provide the volume of oil you need - and just that!  

A partnership with DAR PRO Solutions frees management to make their own decisions on oil purchases, and eliminates possible service fees, distribution and reporting costs that are figured into a bulk oil service contract. 

What do our McDonald's partners say?

Dave Stiles, owner/operator of 10 stores comments, "I switched all my stores over to JIB service and I've encouraged other McDondald's co-ops to consider using the DAR PRO system."  For more detail, read our full blog including additional insight from owners/operators we interviewed.