COVID-19 Coverage for Foodservice Supply Chain

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August 5, 2020

Updated Return to Work Guidelines for Foodservice Establishments

The latest from the Restaurant Law Center with revisions for South Carolina.

August 4, 2020

Despite COVID-19 Tyson’s Outlook is Strong

Even after accounting for pandemic related costs, the business continued to show strength and resilience. “We are investing in operational flexibility to ensure that we can continue to meet customer demand while living in a potentially long-term COVID-19 environment”.

August 3, 2020

Updated Return to Work Guidelines for Foodservice Establishments

The latest from the Restaurant Law Center with a revision to North Carolina.

August 2, 2020

“New Normal” Emerges for Navigating COVID-19

McDonald’s, Shake Shack, Chipotle reset their businesses with a better understanding of the current stay-at-home lifestyle.

July 30, 2020

Less Competition, More To-Go Business – Big Chains Surviving COVID

“For quick-service restaurants, they don’t want to reopen their dining rooms because this drags down profitability and increases costs.”

Updated Return to Work Guidelines for Foodservice Establishments

The latest from the Restaurant Law Center with an update for Virginia.

July 29, 2020

Another Pandemic Supply Chain Disruption - Aluminum Cans

The shift from supplying keg beer that was sold in bars and restaurants prior to March lockdowns, to consumer-direct in cans and bottles during the pandemic, has put a strain on inventory, as has the increasing consumer demand for canned beverages.

Updated Return to Work Guidelines for Foodservice Establishments

The latest from the Restaurant Law Center with updates for Delaware, Kentucky and Utah

July 27, 2020

Beef Packers’ Margins Reached Historic Levels During COVID-19 Shutdowns

As beef producers struggled, the middle of the meat supply chain had huge margin spikes during the initial peak of the pandemic, demonstrating meat is a complicated business.

July 24, 2020

Updated Return to Work Guidelines for Foodservice Establishments

The latest from the Restaurant Law Center with revisions for Idaho, Louisiana, Oregon and Washington

July 23, 2020

Pandemic Drives the Future of Foodservice:  Deeper Relationships with Suppliers

Supply chain kinks required companies to learn more about what was happening in the supply chain, with freight and sourcing from suppliers. “Collaboration has reached a new level”.

July 22, 2020

Coca-Cola Sales Plunge, Recovery Uncertain

Second-quarter sales for the beverage giant fell 28% from a year earlier as out-of-home consumption—everything from restaurants to vending machines—plummeted

July 21, 2020

QSR’s Drive Decline in Restaurant Transactions

Statewide restaurant closures and restrictions are having week to week impact on transaction numbers.

Hog Backlog Forecast to Rise 2.5m By Year End

Slow slaughter capacity and backlog is creating “by far, the worst financial disaster ever for American hog farmers”.

Current Facial Covering and Health Screening Requirements By State

The National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe team has updated the attached document which tracks state and local face covering and employee health screening requirements. 

July 20, 2020

Conducting Supplier Audits in a Pandemic

Given the heightened risk of supply chain disruption, many companies are challenged with having to take a closer look at their suppliers at a time when travel is difficult.

Pandemic Placing Unprecedented Pressure on Global Ag and Food Supply Chains

Poultry to account for half of world increase in meat consumption. Low economic growth this year could contribute to a further drop in agricultural commodity prices, at least in the short run.

July 17, 2020

Updated Summary of Restaurant Reopening Plans

New information from the Restaurant Law Center includes updates for Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, New York, Nevada, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

July 16, 2020

Food Commodities Still at Risk for a Market Shock

The macroeconomic shocks induced by the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to put downward pressure on agricultural commodity prices with the potential for “a historically significant market shock” this year.

July 15, 2020

Updated Summary of Restaurant Reopening Plans

The latest from the Restaurant Law Center includes updates for California, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, Tennessee and Washington.

July 14, 2020

Meat Continues to Recover

The beef processing industry is operating at 95% capacity with all facilities back online, pork production is up 10% over LY and chicken prices are improving.

July 13, 2020

California Shuts Down Indoor Dining and All Bars After Virus Surge

The state is now expanding the shutdown of indoor dining at restaurants and wineries to all 58 California counties and the order also includes a complete shutdown of all bars.

Global Coffee Consumption Falls as Café Culture Disappears

Devastation for growers - Citigroup Inc. predicts that futures for arabica beans could drop roughly 10% in the second half of the year to about 90 cents a pound, hovering near break-even costs.

July 10, 2020

COVID-19 Staff Cases Closes Flowers Foods in Georgia

The firm is a large provider of buns and bread for foodservice and retail, product shortfall expected to be covered by other plants it operates for the near term.

Potato Growers Hopeful The Worst is Over

Reopening foodservice outlets are helping but a slow road back to normal is expected. “We will be feeling the COVID impacts for at least two years, if not longer, as the supply chain disruptions even affected our seed potato supply”.

Packaging Shortages Force Restaurants to Get Creative

If and when operators can find the right products, many have come to accept that they will have to pay more for them and wait longer to receive them. “The supply chain has definitely been one of our biggest headaches”.

July 9, 2020

Updated Summary of Restaurant Reopening Plans

New Mexico will be closing indoor dining and Arizona is reducing indoor capacity to 50%. Read the latest from the Restaurant Law Center.

Covid Throws Meatpacking to the Future, Automation Ready to Roll

The pandemic is speeding the shift from human meat cutters to robotic butchers. Automation “is something we think is going to be revolutionary for our business. We are on the cusp of a significant rollout”.

Updated Summary of Restaurant Reopening Plans

The latest from the Restaurant Law Center includes updates to Florida, Georgia, New York and Tennessee.

July 8, 2020

As Reopenings Stall, Can Restaurants Survive a Second Blow?

Restaurant sales that had been improving since hitting lows in April are now sputtering in the first states to log rising case counts such as Arizona, North Carolina and Nevada.

July 7, 2020

Updated Summary of Restaurant Reopening Plans

Restaurants in Miami-Dade County and 6 additional California Counties must close indoor dining, and capacity has been reduced in Nashville. Read the latest from the Restaurant Law Center.

July 6, 2020

Farm Workers Are Still Getting Sick, Fruit Pickers Struggle

Growing outbreaks among farmworkers nationwide come as most employers are looking to reduce the threat of outbreaks among their workers and the coronavirus continues to sicken workers at U.S. meatpacking plants.

July 3, 2020

Should You Be Helping Your Small Business Suppliers?

The small businesses in the extended supply chain, hidden from view in the lower tiers, present the most risk and the least amount of control. It's their failure that may have the greatest impact on your business and customers.

The US Food Supply Chain is a Hot Mess, Experts Agree

Recovery could take 1-4 years, profit margins will be hit by messy re-balancing, companies will need to rewire for agility versus trying to achieve static optimization states. Let's hope farmers and food producers can hang on.

July 2, 2020

Updated Summary of State Restaurant Reopening Plans

Here's the latest information from the Restaurant Law Center.

States Tap the Brakes on Reopening, NYC Postpones Indefinitely

The indoor dining postponement in New York City and ban in counties in California followed postponements in New Jersey, Philadelphia and roll-backs of dine-in restrictions in Texas and Florida.

Author: Supply Chain Scene