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

October 12, 2020
  • Ribs – Continue to increase. Buy now for the December holiday season.
  • Striploins – Loin prices continue to weaken. A great time to feature steaks.
  • Top Sirloins – As above. A much overlooked steak item. Buy portions if you don’t want to cut yourself, and feature as teriyaki sirloin, steak frites, baseball cut, steak oscar etc.
  • Tenderloins – Continue to be high and are expected to move higher in October.
  • Briskets, Rounds and Chucks – Much stronger this past week. With the cooler weather, it’s time to feature hearty roast entrees.

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


Pork

October 12, 2020
  • Ribs – Prices remain firm due to strong international demand.
  • Tenderloins – Pricing is up due to higher demand.
  • Loins – Loins are steady to higher but continue to present great value as a potential profitable menu item.
  • Hams – Were up sharply due to Thanksgiving and will continue higher seasonally through October and November.

There are many other cut options 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

October 12, 2020
  • WingsWith the cooler months coming, market prices have appeared to ‘top’. There may be greater profitability opportunities with ‘Boneless Wing’ options. Check with your sales rep for more information.
  • Breasts – Remain under pressure and prices continue to trend upwards.
  • Legs – Continue as great value and are surprisingly not on many menus. Suggest lunch or dinner features.

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


Seafood

October 12, 2020

Generally, prices on most popular species including shrimp, cod, tuna, salmon, halibut and pollock remain steady. Check out this fish buying guide: https://fishchoice.com/buying-guide

September, 2020

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


There continue to be industry issues due to weather including shortages in supply and heat related quality impacts. Lettuce and tomatoes continue to be the most affected. We are also in the midst of switching from locally grown to imported products.

Vegetables

October 12, 2020
  • Fresh Corn – Local product is now finished. Moving to imported. Prices remain strong.
  • Tomatoes – Supplies are tight on all varieties due to recent weather conditions. Less than normal quality. Prices to escalate throughout October as demand exceeds supplies until Florida product comes available in November.
  • Green Bell Peppers – Prices remain high as stocks are limited.
  • Broccoli, Cauliflower and Squash – Prices are high due to heatwaves, followed by cooler temperatures.
  • Cucumber – Prices will continue to be elevated until Mexican product arrives.
  • Lettuce – Extremely high markets due to weather. This will likely remain until Florida product comes available in November.
  • Melons – Watermelon and cantaloupe pricing is high again due to weather related issues.
  • Potatoes – Stable markets.

Mixed Berries

October 12, 2020
  • Strawberries – Strawberries are starting to see some slow relief as production has picked up in some regions of California. Expect limited supplies with quality issues for the next month or two.
  • Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries – Slow improvement. Blueberries are short as we are waiting for imports to ramp up. Raspberries and blackberries are readily available.

Citrus

October 12, 2020
  • Oranges – Demand is very strong and prices continue high.
  • Lemons and Limes – Prices are stable.
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