Source: Wall Street Journal
By Jennifer Smith and Paul Page
Shortages of key ingredients and labor are troubling suppliers as refrigerated transportation costs also surge.
Americans are returning to restaurants, bars and other dining places as Covid-19 restrictions come down, adding new strains in food supply chains.
Suppliers and logistics providers say distributors are facing shortages of everyday products like chicken parts, as well as difficulty in finding workers and surging transportation costs as companies effectively try to reverse the big changes in food services that came as coronavirus lockdowns spread across the U.S. last year.
from National Restaurant Association
Mike Whatley, the National Restaurant Association’s vice president of State Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy says his team is engaging state and local governments to work with state restaurant associations across the country as the industry emerges from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
from the Wisconsin Restaurant Association
As we start to see customers coming back to their favorite restaurants, the age-old struggle of having enough employees to serve customers is rearing its ugly head again. The problem never really went away; the factors leading to the worker shorter pre-pandemic are still there. Plus, new issues have arisen like employees wanting to continue to receive unemployment benefits instead of working and employees who were furloughed who found permanent employment in other industries. We understand that restaurant operators who survived a year-long pandemic crisis are now facing another crisis: the workforce shortage.
As the pandemic continues to challenge businesses of all sizes across the United States, we want to provide an update on the state of the industry.
Our industry is starting to recover, but with that businesses are reopening nationwide and causing a dramatic increase in sales and volume. This increased demand is outweighing the current supply which is causing a variety of issues from labor shortages to product being shorted from our suppliers.
Here are some of the challenges that our industry and our suppliers are currently facing:
We want to thank you for your business and look forward to our continued partnership.