About Dunbar Associates

Dunbar Associates helps food service operators to control costs, develop business plans and budgets, implement software and integrate back office systems. If you would like to lower your food and beverage cost percentage, call today (800) 949-3295.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Dunbar Associates works with clients to achieve and exceed initial objectives. We deliver customized solutions to meet your unique requirements.

Tremendous Return on Investment

Our clients enjoy a greater than 100% year one return on investment. Your solution will provide years of additional returns.

Experienced Professional Perspective

We understand your unique needs. Joe Dunbar has hands on experience with all popular POS systems, inventory control software and hardware, major distributor ordering systems and accounting programs.

Industry Experience

Joe Dunbar worked in high school and college at many restaurant and hotel jobs including short order cook, front desk clerk, night auditor, security, bellhop, busboy, caterer, fast food unit management, ice cream shop counterman, restaurant cashier and racetrack refreshment vendor.

After two years of post-MBA corporate auditing, Joe returned to the food service industry as an operations auditor for International Boatel (Sodexo's North American remote site feeding subsidiary) in Canada, Alaska and Western Colorado. In less than two years, he was promoted to CFO. While he was CFO, International Boatel acquired Crawley and McCracken, HDS Canada Ltd. and Jalinar. Joe moved to Montreal to work on integrating the acquired companies.

During a 9 year stint with Sodexo, Joe organized the financial accounting, information technology, purchasing and administration functions. Due to a contractual obligation, he continued performing operations reviews on the largest account - Syncrude - in Northern Alberta.

The Syncrude account required many contract revisons and union contract negotiations including quarterly price escalations, two contract extensions, revisions of labor contracts and many quality control reviews. These activities provided Joe with the perfect environment for using his cost accounting expertise.

After 9 years with Sodexo, Joe started Dunbar Associates in early 1990. He uses his combined 30 years of food service experience to help today's operators solve many puzzles.


Dunbar Associates works with clients in many segments of our industry. We help restaurants and multi-unit operators, hotels, ski resorts, golf clubs and resorts, special event caterers, casinos, race tracks, night clubs, corporate dining and catering, colleges, senior care facilities, vending companies, prisons, gourmet markets, cruise ships, culinary schools, historic inns, and spiritual retreats.

Published Articles and Speaking Engagements

Joe Dunbar is an active blogger. He posts on three blogs and several industry specific social network sites. Over 5,000 unique readers a month visit his Food Cost Control Blog and Professional Catering Blog. His newsletters have 2,000 subscribers. He is a contributor to The Hotel F&B Observor (published by Hotel F&B Executive Magazine).

His articles may be seen online at Hotel Resources, Cornell University's Center for Hospitality Research, FIU's Hospitality News, Foodservice.com, NRA's Smart Brief, Food Service Resource, Foodserviceclub, Today's Restaurant News, Midwest Foodservice Network, QSR Magazine, 4Hoteliers, Culinary Institute of Australia, and many other blogs. He has been quoted in the Arizona Republic and Los Angeles Times newspapers.

In 2006, Joe spoke at California State University at Long Beach about food cost control. Since then he has given presentations and webinars for University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, Ferdinand Metz Catering Symposium (International Restaurant & Hotel Show in New York), Concepts of Tomorrow (10th Anniversary event in Las Vegas) and to many corporate groups.

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Contact Joe Dunbar at Dunbar Associates

Please call us at (800) 949-3295 to schedule an initial consultation. He will review your issues and provide a free evaluation. You may email your request by clicking on the link below.