I hope you and your families are keeping well and safe.
Just a quick update on the present food industry pricing and logistic problems we are finding, which will increase at least into the next year.
As you are aware there is a national shortage of drivers and warehouse/food pickers within the food sector and other nonfood businesses. This is resulting in a shortage of goods and cancelled deliveries. In July all kitchens started to bulk order and hold at least enough produce to cover 5 days trading, to keep the disruptions of service to schools at a minimum. There will still be cancellations in deliveries and product availability. We have increased the variety of products from each supplier, allowing Chef Managers to order from multiple suppliers. This will maximise the possibility of delivery and products.
We will endeavour to reduce the changes in the menu and choice, however, the longer this situation goes on, the shortages of products and deliveries will increase, as you are now seeing in your supermarket. I believe the build-up to Christmas will be the most difficult period to overcome, with an increase in customer demand and the lack of logistic support to deliver. Please find below a link that gives a good indication of prices, inflation, and food shortages over the next couple of months.
As always thank you for your cooperation and your support.