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Beef

June 2, 2021

As forecasted, prices continue to move higher on excellent US and export demand. Middle meats are being driven by seasonal grilling demand and anticipated foodservice openings across more regions.

On May 30, JBS, the worlds largest meat supplier determined that it was the target of an organized cybersecurity attack affecting some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems. The company took immediate action, suspending all affected systems. The company’s backup servers were not affected and it is actively working to restore its systems as soon as possible. The JBS disruption is going to limit production and worry buyers so they are paying asking prices to get protected to keep their ‘pipelines’ filled with product. 

The market call for the next few weeks continues to be “HIGHER”.

  • Ribs – Prices have flattened but continue at a high level. 
  • Striploins – Prices continue to move higher as we are now into grilling season.  
  • Top Sirloins – Continues to move higher along with the other middle meats.  
  • Tenderloins – Prices continue to move higher. When ordering tenderloins, be sure to state your preferred trim specification. 
  • Briskets – Prices are moving higher. 
  • Chucks – Prices are moving higher. 
  • Rounds – Inside and outside rounds (flats) pricing are steady at higher levels. 
  • Ground Beef – Grinds continue to be in high demand for grilling season. Prices continues to move higher.

Check out Canada Beef Foodservice Resources Canada Beef Foodservice – Canadian Beef | Canada Beef


Pork

June 2, 2021

A quieter tone to the market but expect continued higher prices due to excellent US retail and foodservice demand, labour issues, and rising feed costs.

  • Side Ribs – Ribs were down this week mainly due to labour shortages but should continue to move seasonally higher as a reopening U.S. foodservice market is trying to pull product out of Canada.  
  • Back Ribs – Back rib pricing is steady in line with side ribs.
  • Tenderloins – Prices are steady to higher.
  • Loins – Loins were steady to higher on tight supplies and good retail demand.  
  • Hams – Pricing has moved higher the last two weeks.
  • Butts – Pricing is steady at higher levels.
  • Picnics – Picnic pricing is steady. 
  • Bellies (Bacon) – Steady pricing.

Check out websites like ontariopork.on.ca or putporkonyourfork.com if you are looking for menu inspiration and anything else you need to know about pork.


Poultry

June 2, 2021

Overall prices continue to be high due to lower production levels and lack of availability of market ready birds and labour challenges. Prices on most foodservice chicken cuts are higher than at the same time last year however prices are expected to soften somewhat as production increases over the next few months.

  • Whole Birds – Prices moved slightly higher.
  • Wings – Prices continue at historic high levels as supplies are tight and quick service outlets continue to move large volumes. There are shortages of product in some markets.  
  • Breasts – The breast market moved slightly lower this week.
  • Legs – Prices are steady to lower. Legs continue to be the ‘value’ item.

For everything chicken, check out Chicken.ca


Seafood

June 2, 2021

Generally, we expect delivered prices on most popular species including salmon, cod, tuna, halibut, shrimp and pollock to remain steady in the short term.

Most popular specie pricing is lower than at same time last year.

Containers for seafood are short in Asia, causing shipping delays. and ports are experiencing delays due to labor disruptions.

North Atlantic lobster and warm water lobster are in limited supply. Ground fish supplies are generally tight.

Alaskan wild caught product prices are moving higher due to tight supplies. 

Snow Crab supplies are tight.

Check out these seafood buying guides: fishchoice.com/buying-guide, The Commercial Guide to Fish and Shellfish – Third Edition: Urner Barry’s On-Line Catalog or Seafood Handbook (seafoodsource.com)

April 2021

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: highlinerculinary.com


Vegetables

June 2, 2021
  • Corn – Steady pricing on good supplies of excellent product.
  • Tomatoes – Round and roma markets remain steady. Cherry and grape markets have limited supply. Local greenhouse tomatoes available.
  • Celery – Markets and quality are steady with good supplies.
  • Bell Peppers – Limited supplies of red and yellow peppers may cause an increase in pricing. Greenhouse peppers are available.
  • Carrots – Jumbo carrots remain short and limited in supply. Better sizing and availability not expected until later this month.   
  • Broccoli – Quality is good currently with good supplies. 
  • Cauliflower – Good quality product and supplies from Mexico/USA. 
  • Squash – Supplies are plentiful, quality is good. Pricing is lower. 
  • Zucchini – Prices are decreasing due to increasing supply.
  • Cabbage – Good supplies and steady pricing. Local product now available.
  • Green Beans – Good supplies out of US. 
  • Brussel Sprouts – Good pricing and excellent supplies from Mexico.
  • Asparagus – Great supplies and pricing. Local available now. 
  • Cucumber – Prices are steady from Mexico and Florida. Quality varies. Good supplies of greenhouse varieties.
  • Lettuce – Markets are steady to lower on green leaf, iceberg, romaine, and romaine hearts on good supplies of good quality product.
  • Melons – Pricing is steady and quality is good on Cantaloupe and Honeydew.
  • Potatoes – Steady markets on good supply and quality.

Mushrooms

June 2, 2021
  • Mushrooms – Supply challenges continue this week on large size portabellas, cremini’s, button, and white mushrooms. Lack of labour and freight issues is a major concern. These issues are expected to last for the next several months.

Mixed Berries

June 2, 2021
  • Strawberries – Mixed markets due to continued high demand and product being diverted to further processors. Local greenhouse strawberries are available.
  • Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries – Market prices have softened as supplies and quality has improved. 
  • Grapes – Market pricing and supplies are good on red grapes with variable quality. Green grape pricing is improving on better supplies.
  • Avocado – Good supplies and better pricing.

Citrus

June 2, 2021
  • Oranges – Supplies and quality are good. Prices are steady.
  • Lemons – Prices are steady and supplies are good.
  • Limes – Sizing continues to lean to smaller sized fruit. Expect continued premium pricing on larger fruit through June.
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