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Weather and COVID are affecting overall fresh chicken production. Tender availability is tightening and wings are more available in all sizes.
Packers are showing improved production. Winter storms in the Northeast and Midwest are hindering distribution. Ribs and tender demand are steady. Strips, butts and short loins are increasing in demand.
Butts are gaining strength again. Loins are seeing an increased demand. Hams are coming down again but are expected to go back up with increased labor challenges.
Congestion in ports has not improved, impacting seafood pricing and availability. Inflation persists in most seafood categories.
Mushrooms are in serious trouble. The sector continues to be plagued by limited availability and excessive prices. Strawberries are still scarce and in poor supply.
THE KITCHEN SINK
The block and barrel markets are in decline for the week while the butter, cream and eggs market are up due to bad weather across the country.
Soybean oil markets moved higher over the last couple of weeks due to demand increases, higher crude oil, much higher palm oil, and a consistently high Canola market.