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Freshly Picked, January 22, 2024

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Produce

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The markets have sustained their upward trajectory as a result of a confluence of heightened domestic demand and reduced yields stemming from unfavorable weather conditions across various cultivation areas. It is projected that this pattern will endure until the month of January. The desert growing regions of Southern California and Western Arizona (Yuma) have experienced cold weather over the last two weeks, with several hours of field freeze in the early morning hours. Nighttime temperatures have risen slightly, with only traces of frost in the fields at this time, but due to the cold temperatures, expect to see the effects of the freezing temperatures in all items shipping from these growing areas. Supplies out of these regions remain steady, but markets have increased slightly.

Grains

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The soybean oil market is moving sideways because there isn’t any meaningful market news. The market may rise swiftly if the big funds reverse their short positions, which they currently hold. Canola seed is weak and canola oil is flat. Due to a decrease in available stockpiles and a rise in exports, palm climbed marginally higher.

Dairy

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This week, shell egg marketplaces are booming. Markets for barrels and blocks are expanding. It’s butter time. Prices for January Cream and Culture will be lower as a result of such market modifications.

Beef

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This market has increased as a result of the first winter storm. Rounds and chucks are in style. This week has seen a 180° turn in the appreciation of ribs and strips, which began last week. In the best-case scenario, tenderloins will maintain the present market pricing and follow suit. Due to the restricted crop, grinds are still in short supply; gains are observed on 80’s and source grinds.

Pork

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It appears that butts have peaked and should start to decline. Large cold storage inventories are also contributing to the downward trend in rib prices. Be prepared to give in this market. Because there is little demand, boneless loins are likewise continuing to decline. Bellies are expected to gain strength over the month after showing modest support the previous week.

Poultry

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Because of MLK Day and the cold conditions in the South that halted production, there is a shortage of goods overall. The availability of breasts in all sizes has decreased. Tenders are becoming less available. Demand for wings of all sizes has increased due to the NFL Playoffs, and production has decreased. The market for dark meat is still strong.

Seafood

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On 12/22/23, an executive order was announced concerning the limitations on the provenance of seafood raw materials. Proactively, we are collaborating with suppliers to guarantee the availability of impacted commodities. Great Lakes whitefish season begins with some good catches. In the upcoming months, shortages of lobster tails from the North Atlantic are anticipated.

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Freshly Picked, January 15, 2024

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Produce

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The markets have remained higher due to a combination of increased national demand and lower yields caused by adverse weather in multiple growing regions. It is anticipated that this trend will persist until January. The desert growing regions of Southern California and Western Arizona (Yuma) have been experiencing cold weather over the last week, with several hours of field freeze in the early morning hours. Expect delays in load times due to harvesting starting late due to the cold weather.

Grains

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The market for soybean oil has stabilized. Crop conditions and weather in South America are getting better. Money has been transferred from commodities to stocks by funds. Canola is still in a steady state with favorable market circumstances generally and no history of problems with winter logistics. With a generally strong balance sheet, palm is lower. steady.

Dairy

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This week, shell egg markets are completely closed. Block markets are growing while barrels are shrinking. It’s butter time. Prices for January Cream and Culture will be lower as a result of such market modifications.

Beef

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Although top 2/3, select grade, and light weight specifications have leveled off due to limited boxes, middle beef pricing had begun to drop. The supply of tenderloins exceeds the demand, causing them to continue to decline. Strips are nevertheless valuable even in limited quantities. Rounds and Chucks are trading consistently. There is still a shortage of grinds because of the small yield.

Pork

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It appears that butts have peaked and should start to decline. Large cold storage inventories are also contributing to the downward trend in rib prices. Be prepared to give in this market. Because there is little demand, boneless loins are likewise continuing to decline. Bellies are expected to gain strength over the month after showing modest support the previous week.

Poultry

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Because of the limited production period after the holidays, overall supply is tighter. The availability of breasts in all sizes has decreased. There are fewer and fewer tenders available. The demand for wings has increased, making them more difficult to locate. The market for dark meat is still strong. Complete birds are balanced.

Seafood

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On December 22, 2023, a new executive order pertaining to restrictions on the provenance of seafood raw materials was made public. To guarantee appropriate supply continuity for all impacted commodities, we are proactively collaborating with all suppliers. In the Great Lakes, whitefish season is well underway with some excellent catches thus far.

3 Vital Tech Tools for Multi-Unit Restaurants

3 Vital Tech Tools for Multi-Unit Restaurants

Balancing the demands of multiple restaurant locations requires a constant awareness of time’s ticking clock. Decisions must be quick, impactful, and directly tied to profitability.

Leveraging innovative tech tools not only streamlines decision-making processes but also enhances overall operational efficiency, providing a crucial edge in sustaining profitability across multiple restaurant locations.

What is a Tech Tool?

A tech tool refers to any software, application, device, or solution that is designed to assist or enhance the performance of tasks related to technology or information technology. These tools can range from simple applications that perform specific functions to complex software platforms that address a variety of needs.

Examples of tech tools include:

Essentially, any tool that utilizes technology to accomplish a task or solve a problem can be considered a tech tool. Tech tools play a crucial role in the industry, helping multi-unit restaurant operators streamline processes, increase efficiency, and achieve their goals.

Let’s breakdown the crucial, often underestimated tech tools that can redefine efficiency for multi-unit restaurant operators.

Back Office Tech tool

Back Office 

At the heart of efficient multi-unit restaurant management lies the transformative power of back office technology.

  • Streamlined Operations: Simplifying your tech stack including food cost management, payroll, ap automation, accounting, and bookkeeping through integrated back-office solutions.
  • Real-Time Insights: Access to critical data, enabling informed decisions, and proactive adjustments to optimize back office performance.
  • Cost Controls: Enhanced visibility into expenses, labor management, and financial analytics to maximize back office profitability.

Embracing integrated back-office solutions enables multi-unit restaurants to seize control of operations, fostering agility and data-driven decision-making for sustained growth and efficiency.

Spend Management Tech Tool

Spend Management 

Efficient financial strategies lie at the core of successful multi-unit restaurants. Here’s how spend management technology revolutionizes financial operations and empowers strategic decision-making:

  • Centralized Procurement: Consolidating purchasing power across units to drive economies of scale and secure favorable pricing.
  • Negotiation Expertise: Leveraging industry insights and expertise for strategic vendor negotiations, reducing costs without compromising quality.
  • Data-Driven Efficiency: Analyzing spending patterns to identify areas for savings and directing resources towards high-impact investments.

By harnessing the power of spend management technology, multi-unit restaurants can not only optimize their financial strategies but also fortify their positions for sustainable growth and success in a demanding market landscape.

Supply Chain Management Tech Tools

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management technology drives operational efficiency for multi-unit restaurants. Here’s how it works:

  • Seamless Integration: Connecting with a robust supply chain network to ensure timely and reliable delivery of goods and services.
  • Risk Mitigation: Reducing supply chain disruptions through contingency planning and diversification of suppliers.
  • Sustainability Focus: Embracing eco-friendly practices and ethical sourcing, aligning with modern consumer values while reducing costs long-term.

Supply chain management technology emerges as the bedrock for operational resilience, empowering multi-unit restaurants to navigate challenges, ensure consistency, and uphold sustainable practices for enduring success in a dynamic industry.

consolidated concepts

Offering comprehensive assistance across the spectrum of crucial technology solutions for multi-unit restaurant operators, Consolidated Concepts stands as the guiding force.

Holistic Integration

  • Back Office Technology: Leveraging sophisticated software to streamline business operations, manage costs, and enhance visibility into financial analytics.
  • Spend Management Technology: Utilizing negotiation expertise and centralized procurement strategies to optimize vendor relations and drive cost efficiency.
  • Supply Chain Management Technology: Overseeing contract compliance, ensuring visibility into produce management, and pinpointing the precise products tailored to fulfill the operational requirements.

Tailored Expertise

  • Custom Solutions: Tailored technology solutions to fit the unique needs and scale of multi-unit restaurant operations.
  • Industry Insights: Providing guidance and strategies honed through extensive experience within the foodservice industry.
  • Proven Results: Demonstrating tangible success stories showcasing cost reductions, improved efficiencies, and sustainable practices.

Collaborative Partnership

  • Ongoing Support: Offering continuous assistance, guidance, and updates to ensure optimal utilization of integrated tech solutions.
  • Scalable Solutions: Adapting to the evolving needs and growth trajectories of multi-unit restaurant operations.
  • Future-Ready Approach: Anticipating industry trends and technological advancements to keep partners ahead of the curve.

Consolidated Concepts expertise and tailored technology solutions make them the perfect partner for multi-unit restaurant operators seeking to excel in an increasingly competitive environment driven by data efficiency and technology.

Join Consolidated Concepts today!

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Freshly Picked, January 8, 2024

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Produce

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Adverse weather conditions in several growing regions continue to play a pivotal role in lower supplies across several commodities, which have caused markets to remain higher and will likely remain through the end of January. In Yuma, temperatures have dropped this week, with much lower daytime and nighttime temps. With these lower temperatures, expect to see some frost in all desert-growing areas. Supplies have remained steady with some quality issues.

Grains

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As crude oil moved flat to higher and bean oil moved lower, soybean oil separated from energy. The weather in South America has improved for the soybean crop, the US dollar is stronger, and stocks are up. Higher prices are possible since there are insufficient supplies of soybean oil. Canola markets are steady, whereas palm markets are erratic.

Dairy

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The Northwest’s shell egg markets are up this week, while all other markets are down. Block markets are shrinking and barrels are rising. It’s butter time. Prices for January Cream and Culture will be lower as a result of such market modifications.

Beef

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Softer tones are beginning to appear in middle meat prices. Ribs and tenderloins are essential commodities to keep selling out, although strips will still be in demand in early 2024 because of their favorable price spread. Rounds and Chucks seem to be exchanging consistently. Because of their limited harvest, grinds are in limited availability.

Pork

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Next week, butts moved up once more. This market should continue to be robust due to decreased harvest numbers and strong demand. The price trend for ribs is firmer than anticipated; this is also a result of lower harvest levels. Due to strong retail and export demand, the loin market is still performing better than anticipated. Bellies are still erratic and have increased this week.

Poultry

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Because of the limited production period after the holidays, overall supply is tighter. The supply of breasts has decreased. There are fewer and fewer tenders available. The demand for wings has increased, making them more difficult to locate. The market for dark meat is still strong. The demand for whole birds is rising.

Seafood

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On December 22, 2023, a new executive order pertaining to restrictions on the provenance of seafood raw materials was made public. To guarantee appropriate supply continuity for all impacted commodities, we are proactively collaborating with all suppliers. In the Great Lakes, whitefish season is well underway with some excellent catches thus far.

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Freshly Picked, January 1, 2024

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Produce

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The southeastern U.S. and Mexico’s growing regions have been experiencing adverse weather conditions, leading to lower yields. Additionally, the heightened national demand during the holiday season is further contributing to the upward pressure on prices, which is expected to persist for the next 3-4 weeks. In Yuma, rain is in the forecast with an estimated rainfall amount of 1-3 inches last week. The amount of rain is not enough to damage the crops seriously but is enough to slow down harvesting, as excessive mud will make it hard for trucks and tractors to get through fields.

Grains

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Biofuels and less demand caused last week’s movement in the energy markets downward. This contributed to the decline in the price of soybean oil. A portion of the drop in demand for biofuels was caused by increased use of Canola oil. With ample supply and decreased Chinese demand, palm oil prices remained stable.

Dairy

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This week, shell egg markets are closed. Barrels are expanding slightly, while block markets are contracting. Time for butter. There will be some fluctuations in the cost of Cream and Culture in December.

Beef

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Buyers’ attention is still focused on tenderloins and ribs due to the holiday. The price of middle-aged meat has been supported by demand. Shortloins and strips are nevertheless valuable, and increased trades have been supported by interest. Chucks and rounds keep getting softer as boxes begin to form and purchasers’ attention wanes. At best, grinds are constant and choppy since packers have different supplies.

Pork

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Butts are seeing a little decline in the market after an unexpected increase last week. Given the relative flatness of boneless loins, sideways trading is to be anticipated in the upcoming weeks. Ribs are also exchanging sideways. Their bellies are shrinking quickly because they are still searching for the floor. Trimmings are likewise trading sideways, and demand is stable.

Poultry

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During the height of the chicken industry’s growth season, larger birds with greater yields are the outcome. The breasts are beginning to contract. There is availability on tenders. Demand for wings of all sizes has somewhat decreased. The market for dark meat is still strong. The demand for whole birds is rising.

Seafood

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The Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife has closed the Texas Gulf oyster beds, which will impact availability. Alaska Red King crab is available, albeit at a premium price. According to reports, Peru reopened its second anchovy season three days ago, although there is still a shortage. The market for shrimp imports is still struggling.

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Freshly Picked, December 25, 2023

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Produce

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The southeastern U.S. and Mexico’s growing regions have been experiencing adverse weather conditions, leading to lower yields. Additionally, the heightened national demand during the holiday season is further contributing to the upward pressure on prices, which is expected to persist for the next 3-4 weeks. In Yuma, rain is in the forecast with an estimated rainfall amount of 1-3 inches last week. The amount of rain is not enough to damage the crops seriously but is enough to slow down harvesting, as excessive mud will make it hard for trucks and tractors to get through fields.

Grains

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Biofuels and less demand caused last week’s movement in the energy markets downward. This contributed to the decline in the price of soybean oil. A portion of the drop in demand for biofuels was caused by increased use of Canola oil. With ample supply and decreased Chinese demand, palm oil prices remained stable.

Dairy

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This week, shell egg markets are closed. Barrels are expanding slightly, while block markets are contracting. Time for butter. There will be some fluctuations in the cost of Cream and Culture in December.

Beef

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Buyers’ attention is still focused on tenderloins and ribs due to the holiday. The price of middle-aged meat has been supported by demand. Shortloins and strips are nevertheless valuable, and increased trades have been supported by interest. Chucks and rounds keep getting softer as boxes begin to form and purchasers’ attention wanes. At best, grinds are constant and choppy since packers have different supplies.

Pork

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Butts are seeing a little decline in the market after an unexpected increase last week. Given the relative flatness of boneless loins, sideways trading is to be anticipated in the upcoming weeks. Ribs are also exchanging sideways. Their bellies are shrinking quickly because they are still searching for the floor. Trimmings are likewise trading sideways, and demand is stable.

Poultry

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During the height of the chicken industry’s growth season, larger birds with greater yields are the outcome. The breasts are beginning to contract. There is availability on tenders. Demand for wings of all sizes has somewhat decreased. The market for dark meat is still strong. The demand for whole birds is rising.

Seafood

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The Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife has closed the Texas Gulf oyster beds, which will impact availability. Alaska Red King crab is available, albeit at a premium price. According to reports, Peru reopened its second anchovy season three days ago, although there is still a shortage. The market for shrimp imports is still struggling.

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Freshly Picked, December 18, 2023

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Produce

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Colder temperatures out of the Southeast and Mexico growing regions and increased holiday demand have caused many markets to increase considerably, and higher prices are expected for the next several weeks. Volumes remain relatively steady out of the Yuma growing region. Growers have seen ice delays on lettuce over the past few days. The ice will likely cause blister and epidermal peeling. Growers mitigate this on the harvesting level to minimize the blister and peel. We could see decreased weights and yields in the coming weeks.

Grains

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According to USDA data, the soybean oil market was down about 3% from the previous month. The need for biofuels has also decreased. Canola is steadily declining but is anticipated to rise. Due to rival vegetable oils, a decline in Chinese demand, and strong output, palm dropped down.

Dairy

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This week’s markets for shell eggs are up. Markets for barrels and blocks are expanding. It’s butter time. The prices for Cream and Culture in December will fluctuate somewhat.

Beef

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Overall, it seems that the market has settled into a stable tone. The near-term demand for middle-of-the-road beef prices is expected to persist throughout the year. Strips still have good tones and are reasonably priced. Chucks and rounds keep getting softer as the boxes begin to fill. The best way to characterize the grinds is choppy, and the supplies differ from packer to packer.

Pork

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Next week, butts moved up once more. This market should continue to be robust due to decreased harvest numbers and strong demand. The pricing trend for ribs is firmer than anticipated. Through the end of the year, loins should continue to decline. Bellies are still erratic and are making yet another significant compromise. Anticipate further volatility in this market.

Poultry

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There are still breasts available. Most tenders are accessible. Demand for wings of all sizes has somewhat decreased. The market for dark meat is still strong. The demand for whole birds is rising.

Seafood

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The Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife has closed the Texas Gulf oyster beds, which will impact availability. Alaska Red King crab is available, albeit at a premium price. According to reports, Peru reopened its second anchovy season three days ago, although there is still a shortage. The market for shrimp imports is still struggling.

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Freshly Picked, December 4, 2023

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Produce

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The more favorable growing conditions combined with the lower demand after the holiday season helped most markets see a decline. However, demand is expected to pick up in the next two weeks and remain strong through the end of the year, which historically brings a slight uptick in markets. There have been minimal growing or harvesting disruptions in the Yuma, AZ, growing region. Supplies remain steady for most commodities. However, Broccolini supplies remain extremely limited and are expected to remain limited for the next 1-2 weeks. Demand has remained steady for all commodities.

Grains

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Soybean oil prices declined last week as a result of an EPA court decision and a shortened trading period. Lower markets were helped by good rainfall in Brazil and a nearly full crop harvest in the United States. Although there was no movement in the canola oil market, canola seed futures saw a decrease. Concerns about El Nino and rising demand drove up palm prices.

Dairy

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Markets for shell eggs are closed this week. The market for barrel and block is shrinking. It’s butter time. The price of Cream and Culture on the West Coast will go up in December.

Beef

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Now that Thanksgiving week is passed, consumers are entirely fixated on ribs and tenderloins. Up to the end of the year, consumers ought to support middle-cut meats. Short loins and strips are still valuable, which has supported increased transactions. Rounds and chucks keep getting softer. The best way to characterize grinds is as choppy, and at most steady, depending on the packer.

Pork

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In the marketplace, there is some support for pork butts. There has been considerable strength in this sector due to an increase in demand for upfront purchases. There are still decreases in every other market. Because of the poor retail demand, ribs and boneless loins are declining in popularity. Bellies are predicted to keep getting smaller as they look for the floor.

Poultry

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During the height of the chicken industry’s growth season, larger birds with greater yields are the outcome. The breasts are beginning to contract. Tenders are available. Demand for wings of all sizes has somewhat decreased. The market for dark meat is still strong. The majority of whole birds are steady.

Seafood

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Prices for Alaska Red King are steep, and supplies are scarce. According to reports, Peru only reopened its second anchovy season three days ago, yet there is still a shortage. Although the market for imported shrimp is currently at all-time lows, prices should soon start to rise again. With the holidays approaching, shellfish products should be used more frequently.

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Freshly Picked, November 27, 2023

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Produce

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Increased demand, growing region transitions, and weather effects continue to negatively impact supplies on many commodities and are expected to remain elevated over the next several weeks. The full transition to Yuma has been fairly smooth this year. There hasn’t been any disruption in the supply chain for most commodities. Broccolini supplies will be very limited for the next two weeks as growers expect a gap in supply due to lower-than-expected production as they finish the Salinas growing region and lower yields out of Mexico caused by weather issues.

Grains

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Although the week’s average for futures was little down overall, it ended the week strongly. The market’s trajectory was not significantly impacted by the USDA WASDE report. The ongoing dry spell is slowing down agricultural growth in South America. Canola seed saw an increase after dropping to six-week lows. With worries about El Nino, palm is higher.

Dairy

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This week’s markets for shell eggs are up. Block and barrel sales are declining. It’s butter time. The prices for November’s Cream and Culture will be higher.

Beef

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Following two weeks of substantial harvests and a decrease in the overall cutout, packers have reduced their output. Chuck rolls and the grind complex are the main causes of the recent decline in the beef market. Beef interest is lukewarm this season. The upper 2/3 or CAB product is still in a well-sold position.

Pork

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Even while there is some counter seasonal movement with butts, the demand for pork is still declining. Last week, we saw an upsurge in boneless butts and B/I along with some rekindled enthusiasm. Although currently trading sideways, ribs should start to move lower. Due of low demand, loins are declining. Bellies are also continuing to go downward.

Poultry

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During the height of the chicken industry’s growth season, larger birds with greater yields are the outcome. The breasts are beginning to contract. There are open tenders. Demand for wings of all sizes has somewhat decreased. Demand for dark meat is still strong. Most birds as a whole are steady.

Seafood

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According to reports, Peru reopened its second anchovy season three days ago, although there is still a shortage. Although the market for imported shrimp is currently at all-time lows, prices should soon start to rise again. The market for tilapia is plateauing following issues with inventory. As the holidays approach, clam products should see an increase in use.

Master Distribution Agreements

A Consolidated Guide to Foodservice Master Distribution Agreements

When overseeing multiple locations, understanding the intricacies of Master Distribution Agreements (MDAs) becomes essential in navigating the complex landscape of the foodservice industry. This blog serves as a compass, illuminating the vital components and nuances of these agreements.

What is a Master Distribution Agreement?

A master distribution agreement (MDA) is a comprehensive contract between a manufacturer or supplier and a distributor that governs the terms and conditions of their relationship regarding the distribution of products. This agreement outlines the rights, responsibilities, and obligations of both parties involved in the distribution process.

Key elements of a master distribution agreement

MDAs provide a structured framework for the distribution relationship, minimizing misunderstandings and conflicts between manufacturers and distributors. They offer a roadmap for how products will be sold, delivered, and marketed, ensuring a consistent and mutually beneficial partnership.

How is an MDA related to the supply chain?

An MDA (Master Distribution Agreement) plays a significant role within the supply chain, especially in scenarios where manufacturers or suppliers rely on distribution partners to reach their end customers. Here’s how an MDA intersects with the supply chain:

  • Streamlining Distribution: An MDA outlines the terms and conditions for the distribution of products, specifying how goods move from the manufacturer to the end consumer through intermediaries, enhancing supply chain efficiency.
  • Inventory Management: The agreement addresses inventory levels, replenishment schedules, and responsibilities, influencing efficient inventory management within the supply chain.
  • Logistics and Transportation: The MDA defines delivery terms and logistics responsibilities, impacting the logistical flow within the supply chain.
  • Quality Control: It sets expectations for product quality and consistency, ensuring that the supply chain maintains these standards throughout the distribution process.
  • Risk Mitigation: MDAs often include clauses addressing risk allocation and liability, establishing procedures for mitigating risks within the supply chain.

How does a Master Distribution Agreement work?

A Master Distribution Agreement (MDA) delineates the terms and conditions governing the relationship between a manufacturer or supplier and a distributor. Here’s how it typically works:

  • Negotiation and Drafting: The process starts with negotiations between the manufacturer and the distributor, discussing various aspects of the agreement, including scope, pricing, territories, marketing support, etc.
  • Execution and Implementation: Once finalized and signed, the distributor gains the right to sell and distribute the products according to the agreement.
  • Distribution Process: The distributor procures the products from the manufacturer and distributes them to various retailers, wholesalers, or end customers as per the agreement, handling logistics, marketing, and sales activities.
  • Compliance and Performance: Both parties are expected to comply with the terms of the MDA, ensuring product quality, fulfilling orders, meeting sales targets, and maintaining marketing commitments.
  • Monitoring and Amendments: Throughout the agreement, both parties monitor compliance and performance, potentially renegotiating or amending the MDA to accommodate changes affecting the distribution relationship.
  • Termination or Renewal: The MDA specifies the duration of the agreement and conditions for termination or renewal.

MDAs are crucial in defining the distribution relationship, ensuring clarity, and protecting the interests of both the manufacturer and the distributor.

What are common areas of a master distribution agreement?

The sections within a Master Distribution Agreement (MDA) typically cover various aspects of the relationship between the manufacturer or supplier and the distributor. Here are 10 common sections found in an MDA:

  • Introduction and Definitions: Basic details and clarification of terms used.
  • Appointment and Scope: Defines what the distributor is responsible for, including products, territories, and rights.
  • Terms, Termination, and Renewal: Duration, conditions for ending or extending the agreement.
  • Distribution Obligations: Responsibilities for marketing, sales, and reporting.
  • Pricing, Payments, and Orders: Details pricing, discounts, payment terms, and ordering procedures.
  • Product Delivery and Quality Control: Covers shipping, delivery, quality standards, and inspection processes.
  • Intellectual Property and Rights: Ownership, usage, and protection of trademarks or patents.
  • Warranties, Liabilities, and Indemnities: Guarantees, limitations of liability, and responsibility for product issues.
  • Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure: Protects sensitive information shared between parties.
  • Governing Law and Disputes: Specifies the law governing the agreement and procedures for resolving disagreements.

Why should restaurant operators pay attention to their MDA?

Multi-unit restaurant operators should focus on their Master Distribution Agreement for several crucial reasons:

  1. Consistency Across Locations: MDAs establish standards for product quality and supply chain management, ensuring consistent customer experiences across multiple units.
  2. Economies of Scale: Operators benefit from volume-based discounts and negotiated pricing, leveraging these economies of scale effectively across their network.
  3. Supply Chain Efficiency: Clear terms dictate logistics, delivery schedules, and inventory management, ensuring efficient operations without disruptions.
  4. Risk Mitigation: MDAs outline liabilities, warranties, and dispute resolution mechanisms, helping operators manage risks effectively.
  5. Operational Streamlining: Clarity on MDA terms facilitates efficient procurement, inventory management, and distribution strategies.
  6. Relationship with Distributors: Understanding terms fosters a collaborative partnership with distributors, aligning expectations and responsibilities.
  7. Compliance Monitoring: Adherence to MDA terms allows for consistent compliance and timely interventions if deviations occur.
  8. Negotiation Power: Knowledge of the MDA’s impact on operations gives operators better leverage in negotiations for renewals or modifications.

Each MDA significantly influences the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and uniformity of operations across a restaurant network, warranting close attention.

How do operators get the most out of their Master Distribution Agreement?

Getting the most out of a Master Distribution Agreement involves several key strategies, and partnering with experts can significantly enhance these efforts:

  • Leveraging Expertise: Partnering with specialized service providers Consolidated Concepts aids in negotiating and optimizing purchasing strategies within the MDA terms.
  • Maximizing Cost Savings: Experts leverage purchasing power for competitive pricing and volume-based discounts, optimizing costs.
  • Tailored Solutions: Tailoring MDA terms to align with unique requirements ensures maximum benefits across all units.
  • Streamlined Operations: Comprehensive solutions from Consolidated Concepts assist with logistics, inventory management, and supply chain optimization.
  • Data-Driven Insights: Analyzing data helps make informed decisions for refining strategies and maximizing MDA benefits.
  • Partnership for Growth: Strategic partners contribute to the growth and profitability of the restaurant network.
  • Continuous Support: Ongoing support assists in monitoring compliance, addressing challenges, and optimizing the agreement.

Partnering with Consolidated Concepts enables operators to unlock the full potential of their MDAs, driving growth, operational efficiency, and profitability across their restaurant business.

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