Wendy's Chili: A Costing Conundrum
This case poses the seemingly simple and straightforward question, "How much does it cost Wendy's to make a bowl of chili?" Because most of the meat used in making chili comes from overcooked hamburgers, however, a question of cost allocation arises. Wendy's is considering adding a salad bar to its "limited menu" and is wondering whether it should then drop an existing product. Such a decision leads to an evaluation of present-product profitability.