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Beef

April 9, 2021

Market pricing is higher on strong retail, foodservice and export demand in the US. In Canada, new government lockdowns have curtailed foodservice demand causing product to go south of the border. The forecast is for continued higher prices (some say to record levels) due to increasing demand in the US. Pricing is now higher than at same time last year.

  • Ribs – Prices are moving higher.
  • Striploins – Prices continue to move higher. 
  • Top Sirloins – 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 this YouTube Video to learn how to prepare this cut.
  • Tenderloins – Prices continue to move higher. 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. We came across this great video on how to cut a tenderloin and do a yield test: How to Cut Beef Tenderloin Steaks & Yield Test by Gregory Bloom The Beef Pro – Bing video
  • Briskets and Chucks – Briskets, rounds and chuck prices turned higher. Check out this video – Chuck Flat – YouTube – and ask your sales rep about ‘Chuck Flat’ roast or ‘Flat Iron Steak’ menu options.
  • Rounds – Inside and outside rounds (flats) pricing turned higher.
  • Ground Beef – Pricing is steady.

Check out Canada Beef Foodservice Resources here.

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


Pork

April 9, 2021

There has been a quieter tone to the pork market since our last report but demand remains relatively strong and continues to drive higher prices especially south of the border. Prices have been on an uptrend since the beginning of February and are significantly higher than at the same time last year.

  • Side Ribs – Ribs, as forecast, continue their upward seasonal momentum.
  • Back Ribs – Back rib pricing is moving higher in line with side ribs.
  • Tenderloins – Prices are steady to higher.
  • Loins – Prices are steady to higher and should continue to firm in the coming weeks.
  • Hams – Prices are steady to higher but should begin to level off.
  • Butts – Butt prices continue to increase and are expected to remain on a higher track for next few weeks.
  • Picnics – Picnic pricing is steady. Note; Though they can be used in the same recipes, the butt and the picnic shoulder come from slightly different parts of the shoulder of the animal and have different degrees of marbling. The picnic is tougher than the butt.
  • Bellies (Bacon) – Prices are higher again. This is expected to continue for the near future.

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. A very much under utilized profitable menu opportunity.


Poultry

April 9, 2021

Overall prices are higher due to lower production levels and lack of availability of market ready birds in addition to labour challenges. Prices on most foodservice chicken cuts are now significantly higher than at the same time last year.

  • Whole Birds – Prices are steady to higher.
  • Wings – Prices continue firm at historic high levels as supplies are tight and quick service outlets continue to move large volumes despite government lockdowns.
  • Breasts – Breast prices are steady to higher. We expect breasts to be up to 12% higher than seasonal norms over the next few months.
  • Legs – We expect continued upward pricing movement. Prices are expected to be up to 11% higher than seasonal levels however legs continue to be the “value” item and deserve a spot your menu.

For everything chicken, check out Chicken.ca

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


Seafood

April 9, 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.

Cold and warm water lobster is in tight supply causing higher prices and lack of availability.

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

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

February, 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

April 9, 2021
  • Corn – Supplies are tight but prices have remained steady.
  • Tomatoes – Good supplies and steady pricing on all varieties.
  • Celery – Steady pricing with good quality.
  • Bell Peppers – Demand is strong and prices are higher. Quality is good. Greenhouse peppers are now available.
  • Carrots – Prices are generally steady with good supplies and quality.
  • Broccoli – Broccoli supplies are unsettled. The market continues to strengthen due to regional growing region transition. Quality is mostly fair to good.
  • Cauliflower – Cauliflower quality is fair to good. Pricing is increasing as harvests have decreased on the remaining supply out of the desert growing regions and the crop gets ready to transition back to California. 
  • Squash – Prices are decreasing due to increasing supply.
  • Zucchini – Prices are decreasing due to increasing supply.
  • Cabbage – Good supplies and steady pricing.
  • Green Beans – Florida supply and quality are good. Markets are steady. 
  • Brussel Sprouts – Good pricing and excellent supplies from Mexico.
  • Asparagus – Markets are strengthening on lower supplies due to shift in growing regions. Quality is good.
  • Cucumber – Prices are steady to higher on tighter supplies from Mexico and Florida. Quality varies. Good supplies of Ontario greenhouse varieties.
  • Lettuce – Markets are steady on green leaf, iceberg, romaine, and romaine hearts on good supplies of good quality product.
  • Melons – Honeydew and cantaloupe markets are increasing due to lighter supplies. Quality is fair to good. Watermelon demand is strong and supplies are light. Quality is fair to good. Prices are steady at current high levels.
  • Potatoes – Steady to lower markets on good supply and quality.

Mushrooms

April 9, 2021
  • Mushrooms – Supplies and pricing are starting to improve.

Mixed Berries

April 9, 2021
  • Strawberries – Following strong Easter demand, the market continues to be challenged. Mexico continues to wind down their season while California is struggling with cooler weather.  Better supplies are a few weeks out. Local greenhouse strawberries are also available.
  • Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries – Mixed berries are challenged on both quality and availability. The season ending in Mexico coupled with California running behind on production due to cooler weather. Improved supply expected in a few weeks.
  • Grapes – Supplies are limited on green grapes but good on red grapes. Due to weather events there will be limited supplies at least through April. Continue to expect higher prices.
  • Avocado – Pricing and availability should improve through April.

Citrus

April 9, 2021
  • Oranges – Supplies and quality are good. Prices are steady.
  • Lemons – Prices are steady and supplies are good.
  • Limes – The lime market is active due to low yields in Mexico. Smaller fruit is more abundant as newer crop is harvested and large fruit will become increasingly scarce. Expect higher prices.
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