The Dish Market Report, March 11, 2024

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Bird mortality, hatchability, and weights are limiting product availability and driving up costs. The supply of breasts has decreased. In the market, wings are still tight. There is a limited supply of tenders. The desire for dark meat is still high. The majority of whole birds are balanced.


The market is still stable and there is plenty of supply. Customers are still on the cautious side and prioritize their urgent demands. Middle meats stay consistent. End cuts continue to be intriguing and effective. Packers are finding support on thin meats and grinds due to a restricted yield. Limited supplies rather than high demand is the driving force.


Again, butts are rising, with B/I butts rising far higher than Boneless butts. The demand for B/I butts is substantially more than expected. Since more people are placing orders for ribs, the price of ribs has also increased. Boneless loins have lowered a little. Given that the market is flat for the upcoming week, bellies may have stabilized. As demand and exports increase, ham sales are as anticipated.

The Sea


Lent is now in full force. Due to the difficult season, there is a limited supply of lobster tails. The Dungeness crab season is well underway, as seen by the vendors’ fresh stock. This year, live crawfish costs will be high and supplies will be limited. Please think about switching to frozen crawfish for a substitute.


Multiple growing regions, including Arizona, California, Florida, Honduras, and Mexico, continue to experience adverse weather conditions. As a result, there has been a notable decrease in crop yields overall, accompanied by an increase in quality problems and bloom loss. In a few weeks, we are nearing the transition from Yuma, AZ, to Salinas Valley, CA. This particular period has historically seen higher market prices and increased worries about product quality.

Kitchen Sink


The markets for shell eggs are declining throughout the Northwest and California. Block and barrel prices are rising. Butter is now flat.


Soybean oil had a better start to the week but ended it with bigger inventories and less demand for biofuel. Recent weeks have seen an increase in canola prices, primarily as a result of technical trading and robust demand for biofuels. Palm grew as production decreased.