Foodservice & Restaurant Supply Chain Disruption: Conflict, COVID, Climate


May 18, 2022

Pent-Up Inflation Will Drive Food Costs Even Higher

In April, average wholesale food prices in the PPI jumped 18% from a year earlier. It was the largest 12-month increase in nearly five decades. Eggs surged 220%, butter jumped 51%, fats and oils were up 41%, and flour 40%. The outlook for higher food prices reflects a broader trend for the U.S. economy.

May 17, 2022

Fewer Nuggets, Smaller Salads: Shrinkflation Hits U.S. Restaurants

Portions at U.S. restaurants are indeed getting smaller.

May 11, 2022

Restaurants That Survived the Pandemic Are Now Threatened by Inflation

Wholesale food costs were 17% higher in March than the same time last year. "Inflation is just ridiculous now."

May 10, 2022

Cotton Prices Hit 11-Year High

Cotton prices have soared to their highest levels since May 2011 as concerns grow over a possible export ban by top exporter India and a severe drought hitting U.S. yields. Prices are not expected to come back down for some time.

May 9, 2022

Historic Fertilizer Crunch Threatens Food Security

For the first time ever, farmers the world over — all at the same time — are testing the limits of how little chemical fertilizer they can apply without devastating their yields come harvest time. Early predictions are bleak.

May 6, 2022

Geopolitical Risks On The Menu

The economic fallout of the war in Ukraine is evident in all business sectors, and the foodservice sector, both domestically and globally, has not been spared.

May 3, 2022

How Will Inflation Affect Packaging Material Costs?

In light of the Russia-Ukraine war, new report provides the 12-month inflation outlook in North America for packaging materials, including plastic, paper, glass, and aluminum.

April 28, 2022

Corn and Soybeans Near-Record Prices, Push Food Costs Higher

Ukraine war, drought in South America, and biofuel demand pressure supplies. If corn and soybeans notch new highs, they will be the latest raw materials to do so in the broadest and sharpest commodities rally of the modern trading era. Vegetable oils, oats, and wheat already reached records in 2022.

April 25, 2022

Top Palm Oil Producer to Ban Some Exports

Indonesia — the largest producer of the edible oils commodity in the world — announced plans for an export ban of palm oil starting April 28. This comes as the broader edible oil market has been hit by a series of inflationary events, including poor weather and labor shortages in key crop-growing countries, rising global demand and the war in Ukraine.

April 18, 2022

War to Have Lasting Impact on Food Inflation

“If the war ended today, we would have food inflation widely for three years.”

April  12, 2022

Mask Mandate is Back in Philadelphia

What this means for dining out as COVID cases increase more than 50% in 10 days.

April 7, 2022

The Global Scramble for Cooking Oil

“The world is realizing it’s not easy to take a major commodity like sunflower oil and switch to an alternative.

April 5, 2022

Restaurants are Getting Creative to Counter Soaring Food Costs

Raising prices can only go so far, so some eateries are using menu engineering to draw customers’ attention to items with better profit margins or less dramatic price hikes.

April 2, 2022

Egg Prices Jump as Bird Flu Hits Poultry Flocks

A rapidly escalating bird-flu outbreak in the U.S. is contributing to a surge in egg prices and threatens to raise prices on other poultry products in the coming months.

April 1, 2022

U.S Citrus Supplies are the Lowest in 50 Years

The culprit? Citrus greening and weather impact.

Packaging Material Prices Continue to Rise

Increases in energy, transportation, labor costs, and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine will lead to continued price increases for food packaging over the next 12 months

March 30, 2022

Demand for Canadian Crops is Surging

The cutoff in commodities from Russia is changing the global map for sourcing raw materials.

March 29, 2022

US Restaurant Traffic Increases After January Decline

Yet total restaurant visits in February were down 8% from a pre-pandemic level in February 2020.

March 23, 2022

Idaho Needs Potatoes, So Maine is Chipping In

After drought and heat reduced yields in the West by 9%, Maine growers are shipping millions of potatoes to Washington and Idaho

Fertilizer Shortage Imperil's World Food Supply

It all amounts to a double whammy for the global food supply.

March 16, 2022

China's Lockdowns Set to Further Disrupt Global Supply Chain

“Even the most prepared businesses will be impacted by these new lockdowns in China, as flexibility within the supply chain is minimal.”

US Shippers Brace for CP Rail Strike, Latest Supply Chain Disruption

CP carries U.S. grain to Pacific Northwest export terminals, and moves potash fertilizer into the United States, which is critical ahead of spring planting season.

Citrus Prices Spike on Weather and Disease Woes

Prices for citrus fruits have increased 16.2% over the past year, due to cold weather and disease.

Author: Supply Chain Scene