ArrowStream Foodservice Blog

Food Waste and the Supply Chain

Posted by Bill Michalski on Nov 22, 2021 12:24:45 PM

Restaurant chains spend millions on branding, marketing, and even atmosphere to attract customers and turn them into repeat customers. But in the end, a restaurant’s success really comes down to one thing: the food. Yet, while it is the primary reason restaurants are in business, there is a never-ending struggle to allocate the resources needed to avoid wasting the very thing that keeps them in business. Food waste between farm and fork is a significant issue not only in global resource scarcity, but in the financial success or failure of restaurants. It only stands to reason that such attention would be placed on avoiding food waste and gaining better visibility to how and why it happens…the question is, are they making a difference?

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Brazil's Recent Mad Cow Disease Cases are Worth Monitoring

Posted by Dr. Isaac Olvera on Sep 9, 2021 4:17:43 PM

Late last week, Brazil announced the discovery of two cases of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or, more colloquially known as Mad Cow disease.

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Topics: Market Intelligence, Supply Chain Disruption, Food Supply Chain, Inventory Visibility, Supply Chain Data

Is Your Restaurant Supply Chain Ready for the Next Disruption? Why Going Digital is the Only Path Forward

Posted by Anthony Rose on Aug 30, 2021 10:00:44 AM

Let’s face it, supply chain disruption is inevitable. From weather events to food safety to labor issues, nothing has disrupted restaurant supply chains as severely as the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s likely not news to you, but what you may not have considered is that the pandemic exposed the fragility and vulnerability of many supply chains, impacting the growth, revenue and brand perception for many businesses for years to come.

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Topics: Supply Chain Disruption, Food Supply Chain, Inventory Visibility, Supply Chain Data

2021 Chicken Markets Influenced by Hatchery and Labor Issues

Posted by Dr. Isaac Olvera on Aug 25, 2021 2:19:15 PM

The chicken markets have been influenced by hatchery issues and a lack of labor, and it doesn't appear to be improving any time soon.

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Topics: Market Intelligence, Supply Chain Disruption, Food Supply Chain, Inventory Visibility, Supply Chain Data

Proposition 12 and the Impact on 2022 Pork Prices

Posted by Kate Hubbard on Aug 16, 2021 12:26:45 PM

In this Q&A interview with Dr. Isaac Olvera, ArrowStream’s lead food and agricultural economist, we look at California's Proposition 12 standard and how it will impact 2022 pork prices for the foodservice industry.

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Topics: Market Intelligence, Supply Chain Disruption, Food Supply Chain, Inventory Visibility, Supply Chain Data

The Hidden Costs of a Broken Quality Management Program

Posted by Kate Hubbard on Aug 10, 2021 1:39:05 PM

In this Q&A with restaurant supply chain expert Matthew Joiner, we explore what an unsuccessful quality management program looks like and the short- and long-term impacts on a restaurant's business, brand and bottom line. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Disruption, Food Quality Control, Food Supply Chain, Supply Chain Data

Highest Coffee Prices Since 2014 and Tighter Production Warrants a Reaction

Posted by Kate Hubbard on Jul 23, 2021 3:12:42 PM

In this Q&A interview with Dr. Isaac Olvera, ArrowStream’s lead food and agricultural economist, we look at the recent increase in coffee futures and what it means for future supply and prices.

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Topics: Market Intelligence, Supply Chain Disruption, Food Supply Chain, Inventory Visibility, Supply Chain Data

Memorial Day Weekend Food Price Inflation Trends

Posted by Kate Hubbard on May 27, 2021 1:45:57 PM

In this Q&A interview with ArrowStream’s lead food and agricultural economist, Dr. Isaac Olvera, we highlight some of the key commodities consumers can expect to see higher prices for over Memorial Day weekend 2021.

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Topics: Market Intelligence, Supply Chain Disruption, Food Supply Chain, Inventory Visibility, Supply Chain Data

2021 Product Shortages to Watch

Posted by Kate Hubbard on May 6, 2021 5:21:02 PM

In this Q&A interview with ArrowStream’s lead food and agricultural economist, Dr. Isaac Olvera, we touch on potential shortages, tight supplies and delayed imports of food products that are expected to affect foodservice supply chains this year and into 2022.

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Topics: Supply Chain Disruption, Food Supply Chain, Inventory Visibility, Supply Chain Data

3 Ways Restaurants are Losing Sales Through Their Supply Chain

Posted by Ryan Marshall on Apr 30, 2021 11:50:18 AM

The unpredictability of the pandemic’s impact on the foodservice industry remains, especially the unpredictability of sales in various regions throughout the U.S. as COVID-19 restrictions continue to be put in place and lifted at varying times. It is estimated by the National Restaurant Association that the foodservice industry was $2.4 billion below projected 2020 sales totals. Those who did not already have off-premise models in place saw further revenue declines than those who had established pickup, drive-thru or delivery programs. It goes without saying that restaurants can’t stand to lose more.

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Topics: Supply Chain Disruption, Food Supply Chain, Inventory Visibility, Supply Chain Data

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