Foodservice Price Volatility Continues as Inflation Rises

The latest CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index has revealed that Foodservice price inflation rose to 5.1% in December – a sign of continued market volatility in the face of earlier indications that some pressures were easing.

Overall findings
- An increase on the November index, which at 3.4% had been the lowest since early 2017
- Sector inflation is once more above the wider Consumer Price Index level.
- Inflation running high in most of the 10 food and beverage categories

Notable Category Findings
Fish: Substantial inflation due to increasing demand, a strengthening of the Krone (Norway’s currency) and uncertainty over future UK fishing quotas.
Oils & Fats: Prices being driven by increasing demand and the impact of the La Nina Weather Phenomenon
Poultry: Uncertainty of supply is developing because of bird flu
Meat: Pressure has been increased because of the recent controversy surrounding Russell Hume, who had been supplying the Wetherspoon’s chain.
Soft Drinks: The upcoming April introduction of the sugar tax levy is impacting the category.

Verdicts
- Rising oil prices and category specific supply issues will off-set further pricing drops
- Index underlines the importance of staying on top of price trends for all Foodservice industry businesses

The CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index is jointly produced by Prestige Purchasing and CGA.

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