Operators have been urged to “look beyond Brexit” and focus on the opportunities that a sustainable approach to business offers by Lynx Purchasing.
“In the current market, it can feel like a challenge to try and focus past the potential for supply chain disruption over the coming months, and onto the long term,” says Lynx managing director Rachel Dobson.
“But that’s exactly what we’re encouraging hospitality businesses to do.
“One of the most important issues around Brexit, and one that is most difficult for operators to address directly, is consumer confidence.
“Consumers need to feel able to commit their disposable income to going out to eat and drink, and a clear message from the industry that, as far as possible, it’s business as usual, will help.”
The advice comes as Lynx publishes the Spring 2019 edition of its regular Market Forecast.
“Efficient ordering, well-planned delivery schedules and reducing waste all play a part in this,” Dobson adds.
“In the short term, they help operators deal with any disruption to supply over the coming months, and over time, these measures will reduce the sector’s environmental impact, as well as increasing operators’ margins in the long term.“High quality British produce coming into season this spring includes rhubarb, asparagus, and Jersey Royals.
“While higher demand may push up prices, we’re encouraging our customers to buy British wherever possible, and to make the most of produce when it’s at its best in terms of price, quality and availability.
“Operators who can adapt recipes and menus will be best place to make the most of seasonality.
“These are simple measures that help operators deal with any short-term challenges in the supply chain, and also support sustainability.”
Sectors covered in the Spring 2019 Market Forecast include:
Beef: The arrival of the barbecue season from Easter onwards will see an increase in the demand for burger cuts from the beef forequarter, as well as continuing demand for steaks, Round cuts such as topsides and silversides are likely to be better value.
Fish: Wild brill, turbot, monk and hake caught in UK waters should be plentiful, weather and tides permitting. Plaice will also be in good condition after the spawning season, from April onwards, while wild bass, skate and mullet should be avoided because of sustainability issues.
Potatoes: The 2018 potato crop was poor due to the weather, and led to a number of quality issues. While supplies are likely to last until the new season, larger potatoes such as bakers will be in shorter supply and so likely to cost more.
Salads: March sees the arrival of Dutch salad crops such as cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes, which gradually replace Spanish stocks as they come to the end of their season. The UK market is important to these producers, and any supply or currency issues caused by Brexit will be a challenge on both sides.