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Oct 8, 2013 10:18 AM

9-inch pies: cut into 6 slices, or 7?

Hi! I'm new here. Thanks for your help in advance.

I've recently started a pie shop, and I'm going to be selling pie by the slice. I'm wondering what's more typical--to cut a 9-inch pie into 6 slices, or into 7?

I'm going to buy wedge-shaped containers for the slices, so I'm hoping to figure out what size slice is most common so I can buy the right size containers.

Thanks for your thoughts!

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  1. Shouldn't you be figuring out your cost per-pie and the reasonableness of the selling price in light of that? If you cut it into 6 and that works out to a retail price of $5 (as an example) would you get more sales at $4 for 1/7 of a pie?

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    1. re: ferret

      Yes, that's definitely part of it. I'm just also curious as to whether or not there is a standard out there that I should know about, too. I don't want to be that one shop selling smaller slices.

    2. There used to be a chain of Betty Crocker Pie Shops. I remember that they had an implement, like a giant version of an apple slicer without the center core, that sliced an entire pie in one step. I don't know the number of slices or the diameter of their pans. But surely this tool is available at commercial baking supply stores.

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      1. re: greygarious

        Yes! I found those on They have them for either 6, 7, or 8 slices per pie. So I can definitely gather that restaurants do it differently.

        Because of that, I guess I should just rely on my costs to decide and experiment to see what sells better.

        1. re: Potatopants

          I think you should make sure, whatever number of slices you choose, that you can get containers which have a fairly tight fit. Customers will perceive these to be a better value than if they see the same size slice in an oversized container, and if they think it's a good deal, they'll be easier to sell.

          1. re: greygarious

            Thank you, that's a *really* good point.

            1. re: greygarious

              Yes, it's a VERY good point, especially from a marketing aspect.

        2. Not 8 slices? I'd think even numbers would be easier and 6 is just too big (IMO).

          Looking at these images, seems like 6 and 8 prevail.

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          1. re: tcamp

            I agree. 8 slices and at least some money will be made (eventually). 6 slices would be like giving the pie away.

            1. re: ttoommyy

              8 slices, it's even and a reasonable size vs. 6 slices.

          2. Six! I'm not that hungry!! I have to give credit to Yogi Berra for that one.

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            1. What is the competition doing?

              What does your business plan require for you and your employees to get paid. What are your carrying costs?
              Are you only over the counter, or will you be selling to other retail outlets?

              Get with your local Chamber of Commerce and get all the free advice you can from your local SCORE chapter. They are retired and want to help you succeed.