The Dish Market Report, November 6, 2023

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During the height of the chicken industry’s growth season, larger birds with greater yields are the outcome. All sizes of breasts have an abundant supply. There are more tenders available, particularly for larger sizes. There is a consistent supply and good demand for wings of all sizes. The desire for dark meat is still high. Most birds as a whole are steady.


The bigger harvest persisted for one additional week because packers had orders to complete. Strips, tenders, and ribs all continue to trade at higher prices, with limited supply on upper two or three boxes. Rounds and chucks have a good balance, and retail should be planned for November advertisements. Grinds are consistent to marginally less strong.


The sluggish demand for pork is causing all primal markets to drift downward overall. Butts keep going downhill and will never stop pushing. Similar to butts, boneless loins are seeing lackluster demand from foodservice and retail establishments. When the demand for reservations declines, ribs also decline. Bellies continue to experience downward pressure as cold storage stockpiles are pushed out by suppliers.

The Sea


According to reports, Peru reopened its second anchovy season three days ago, although there is still a shortage. Although the market for imported shrimp is currently at all-time lows, prices should soon start to rise again. The market for tilapia is plateauing following issues with inventory. As the holidays approach, clam products should see an increase in use.


Weather effects continue to cause lower yields across many commodities. These effects are expected to last through the end of the year. Markets out of the Salinas Valley remain stable, with steady supply and overall good quality. Huron has some seeder issues with the past warm weather. The transition to Yuma is upon us. Next week will be the last week for Value- Added shippers, with the first day shipping out of Yuma on Monday, Nov 13th. A few carton commodities have started already in Yuma, with a few more starting next week, but the majority of everything will be the following week.

Kitchen Sink


This week’s markets for shell eggs are up. Block is declining as barrel markets are rising. Butter is also down. The prices for November’s Cream and Culture will be higher.


Trade in soybean oil remained unstable as it maintained its downward trend. Meal climbed up. Looks like the traders are focused on early planting problems in South America. With soybeans and a weak incoming harvest, canola seed was more expensive. Although palm was lower, El Nino circumstances were predicted to cause it to rise.