Top of Mind News
- Bars rebound with more intimate spaces, emphasis on experience
- Restaurants get festive this holiday season with merchandise
- Robotics, Automation, and Plenty of Change on Deck for Restaurants in 2022
- Managing Diner Expectations this Holiday Season
- How the Meat Supply Chain Can Meet the Demands of a Food Servuce Industry in Turmoil
Product availability was flat this week since tenders have stabilized. Wings are steady as we approach peak season (February/March) Might be time to think about freezing product
Stripes have shown a slowdown in demand. Chucks and rounds tend to soften in early December and then move strongly higher into the new year. Availability remains on most cuts.
Bellies are trending higher as supplies are trying to produce more bacon due to increased demand. Ribs are moving up as retailers try to fill their shelves for next year. Butts continue as normal.
Rising costs and inflation persist in most seafood categories as 85% of the seafood consumed in the U.S.A. are imported. There will be a shortage of Tilapia 7oz-9oz filets in the coming months
Mushrooms are in serious trouble. The sector continues to be plagued by limited availability and excessive prices. Strawberries are still scarce and in poor supply.
The Kitchen Sink
Natural cheese market has not moved over the past two weeks. Butter market is down, eggs are higher for the week.
Increasing soybean oil supply has helped lower the market. Traders liquidated positions on many commodities including soybean oil due to concerns regarding the Omicron variant.