Chef Connexion prides itself on providing timely commodity market information, to help you make more informed menu and food purchasing decisions. Please consult with your local distributor sales representative as local market situations may differ, or contact us to have a sales representative call on you.

Beef

January 12, 2021

Due to holidays, market trading was slow and is currently steady to lower. Beef prices started the first week of the year at much lower levels than last year. The drop off is not surprising but expect a bottom on prices in the next few weeks. Government lockdowns are impacting foodservice demand.

  • Ribs – Pricing continues to move lower.
  • Striploins – Pricing on loins continues to move lower.
  • Top Sirloins – Continues to present great value as it is the least expensive of the middle cuts and can be utilized in many traditional and non-traditional menu opportunities. Check out https://youtu.be/z2men09hAHs to learn how to prepare this cut.
  • Tenderloins – Prices are moving lower. When ordering tenderloins, be sure to state your preferred trim specification. There is a big difference in trim and price between buying a NAMP specification #189 and #190 Tenderloin.
  • Briskets, Rounds and Chucks – Even briskets, rounds and chuck pricing is steady to higher. These cuts represent some of your best ‘comfort food’ options.
  • Ground Beef – Pricing is steady.

Check out ‘Canada Beef Connect’ at https://canadabeef.ca/connect. Increasing your beef product knowledge will improve your bottom line.


Pork

January 12, 2021

Currently experiencing mixed pricing trends on various foodservice cuts.

  • Ribs – Rib pricing is now steady to lower which is not typical at this time of year. Foodservice COVID-19 implications are sure to impact future markets. Normally packers and buyers will start to put product away for the summer months which keeps supply tight. With foodservice demand being questionable, that may not happen this year. Look for continued price decreases in the immediate future.
  • Tenderloins – Pricing is steady but presents good value. Check out websites like https://www.ontariopork.on.ca/recipes/ if you are looking for menu inspiration.
  • Loins – Loin prices are steady at the lower end of the spectrum and presents great value opportunity for your menu.
  • Hams – Ham pricing continues to be strong due to international demand. It will likely decline in the coming weeks.
  • Butt/Picnic Shoulder – Butt pricing is steady while picnics are lower. Both cuts are likely to be steady in the next few weeks. Best value for great seasonal slow cooked stews, chilis or as signature pulled pork entrees.
  • Bellies (Bacon) – Pricing is moving higher.

There are many cuts that deliver profitable menu options… think big chops, pork sirloin roasts or make your own signature pulled pork from the picnic (shoulder). Check out websites like Ontario Pork for ideas on extending your menu and limited time features with pork: https://www.ontariopork.on.ca/retail/Cuts/Cut-Search


Poultry

January 12, 2021

Poultry prices are generally steady. There is good value in featuring breasts and legs on your menu.

  • Whole BirdsPrices are steady.
  • WingsPrices continue to stay high on strong demand likely due to take-out and delivery applications.
  • Breasts – Prices continue to move steady to higher.
  • Legs – Prices are now steady to higher but continue to be a great value and should be on your menu.

For poultry menu ideas, check out the many options available from one of our trusted suppliers, Reuven International: https://www.reuven.com/products/foodservice/

And check out https://www.chicken.ca for “Chicken School”.


Seafood

January 12, 2021

Generally, we expect delivered prices on most popular species including salmon, shrimp, cod, tuna, halibut, pollock and crab to remain steady in the short term. Seafood imports from China are being affected by recent outbreaks in that country. Shipments are delayed which may cause future price increases.

Check out this seafood buying guide: https://fishchoice.com/buying-guide

December, 2020

High Liner Foods, a leading North American processor and marketer of value-added frozen seafood, has provided a seafood market forecast below. For more great resources, visit: http://highlinerculinary.com/en/


Vegetables

January 12, 2021
  • Fresh Corn – Market pricing is strong from Florida and anticipated to remain strong through February. Mexico production has been delayed due to unfavourable weather.
  • Tomatoes – Cool weather is affecting supply and may move pricing higher. Quality varies depending on origin.
  • Celery – Market is strong with tighter supplies due to colder weather patterns.
  • Bell Peppers – Red and yellow peppers remain in short supply. Green bell supply is tighter due to demand. Quality is good.
  • Carrots – Prices are steady with good supplies.
  • Broccoli – Strong market conditions prevail. Cooler weather is affecting supply.
  • Cauliflower – Supplies are limited with good demand causing higher pricing.
  • Squash – Markets are stronger on all types on good demand.
  • Green Beans – Supplies remain tight due to past weather problems and prices remain high. Cooler temperatures may slow production.
  • Asparagus – Prices are holding steady (stronger in the West).
  • Cucumber – Prices are steady to higher on tighter supplies.
  • Lettuce – Markets are steady on green leaf and iceberg, romaine and romaine hearts. Supplies are lower due to the colder weather.
  • Melons – Melon production incurred significant damage from hurricanes Central America last month. This is expected to affect supplies and prices through February.
  • Potatoes – Stable markets.

Mushrooms

January 12, 2021
  • Mushrooms – Good demand and limited supplies are causing continued higher pricing. 

Mixed Berries

January 12, 2021
  • Strawberries – Markets remain steady. Colder conditions have slowed production out of California. The market is expected to remain unsettled.
  • Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries – Markets will start to increase as the supplies are trending down for the rest of January. Expect higher prices for the next four weeks. Blueberries continue in good supply with good quality.

Citrus

January 12, 2021
  • Oranges – Supplies and quality are good. Pricing is steady.
  • Lemons and Limes – Pricing is steady and supplies are good.
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