Buyers in hospitality industry urged to forge closer supplier relationships

Gurjit Degun
17 June 2014

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17 June 2014 | Gurjit Degun

Procurement professionals in the hospitality sector have been urged to forger “closer” relationships with their suppliers to reassure customers about the integrity of the supply chain.

That’s the advice from Lynx Purchasing managing director John Pinder who said: “With last year’s horse meat scandal still fresh in consumers’ memories, newspaper headlines in May focused attention on the use of halal meat by a number of restaurant and food service businesses. It was clear that one of the concerns for consumers was that operators may not be asking their suppliers the right questions.

“As consumers become increasingly interested in the provenance of their food, more of the operators we work with are asking us to link them with suppliers that share the same values and commitment.”

Pinder’s comments appear in the Lynx Purchasing Summer 2014 Market Forecast which highlighted “potentially higher” prices for beef and lamb. Lynx said that beef production is “behind demand” in the US for the first time in many years. This had led to South American beef being diverted to make up the shortfall.

“This drives up demand for UK and Irish beef in turn,” said the report. “Meanwhile, with British lamb prices at their usual seasonal high, demand for Australasian supplies remains strong from China and the emerging markets.”

Lynx added the high price of farmed salmon will also continue “due to increased global demand and insufficient stocks, as well as supply issues with farmed tiger prawns due to the early mortality syndrome virus in Asia”.

The forecast explained the price of imported fruit is also likely to increase because of disease. This includes a fungus spreading through banana crops and the potential of a European ban on South African citrus imports due to the fungal disease citrus black spot.

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